Dancing has often been considered a frivolous and even an indecent hobby. Throughout the past decades and centuries, different types of partner dancing have certainly been frowned upon. Yet, at the same time, they have been growing popularity - sometimes, in the shadows, away from public attention.
If you hear the name “forbidden dance”, you might think about lambada. Most people know about the lambada: the music & dance craze that swept over the world at the end of the 1980s, vanishing as quickly as it appeared in the spotlight. Stories from the early days of lambada tell about curvy ‘entertainers’ on the shores of Bahia, Brazil, luring young men to bordellos with sultry dance moves. And if you’ve seen the images of the shirtless lambadeiros (men) and short skirted lambadeiras (women) of Porto Seguro, pressing their sweaty bodies against each other on the beach clubs, you can understand where the idea for the name "forbidden dance" came from.