Published on Oct 18, 2016
Brazilian Baianas dancing at the Rio Carnival 2016. Baianas are legendary and play classical role not only at the Rio Carnival but Brazilian Carnival in general. Baianas are one of the most known characters of ton and authenticity, aside with the Flag Bearers. Some of the Baianas, having more than 90 years old, still show plenty of vigor and charisma, as they are reverenced by public and samba-school members themselves. Baianas wings are exclusively composed of women, and there is a specific regulation for their a€śparading performancea€ť during the official Rio and SA£o Paulo carnival constests. The Baianas wings are not judged separately, but have mandatory presence at the official contest. Now let us take a look of some of todaya€™s distinguishing attributes and characteristics: Their movement is made of out of spins, being more constant or with intervals, depending on the stimulus and the choreography rehearsed by them or by the responsible wing director. There are several kinds of choreographs specific for their wing, like: a€śZigzaga€ť (constant evolution by the school), a€śmovement in columna€ť by a compact group, as a€śside movementa€ť by the school, a€śside changea€ť, with constant spins.