Rio Scenarium is a beautiful
antique store in downtown Rio that was converted into a multi-level samba club.
You can sit downstairs and enjoy a dance floor with live music, or you can go upstairs
to a more social environment lined with tables and chairs. If you are “into” a different
type of atmosphere, with unusual artwork and antiques, then Rio Scenarium is the
place for you!
Rio Scenarium was a mature, upscale Brazilian club. In order to enter the
club you had to have reserved a table in advance. The club had three levels; the
first level was for music and dance.
The featured band played forró, Brazilian country music originally
from the arid northeastern sertão but now embraced as chic among urban youth. Forró
(pronounced foeHOE) is a Brazilian partner dance that I can most closely compare
to the Salsa. Some people would just pick up a forró partner at the club while others
had obviously been dancing with their partners for years. The dancing was impressive—a
refreshing dip into another culture.
One of the finer night clubs we visited, Rio Scenarium, is an antique building
that was converted into a three-story dance club. The first level contains a huge
dance floor with a live band, while the second and third floors house tables for
individuals who want to rest their feet after dancing the night away. When we first
arrived, only two couples were dancing. Our whole class stood in amazement over
the intense dance moves; we eventually joined in and showed off our own dance moves.