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A stylized martial-art dance originating from Brazilian slave culture, which is characterized by acrobatic fighting manœuvres and athletic dance steps. It has been designated as a national sport in Brazil, where it is taught in schools and performed, especially in festivals, as a contest between combatants. Once performed exclusively by men, it is now also danced by women and has exerted a considerable influence on modern dance in Europe and the US, where it was introduced in 1975.

Subjects: Dance — Sport and Leisure.

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