While some of you may opt to join a gym or hit the pavement running to shed those unwanted Christmas kilos and honour those New Year’s fitness resolutions – there’s a much more exciting way to get fit this summer!

Rio Rhythmics’ Latin Dance Academy has come up a fun way to shimmy off those extra holiday kilos, and it’s called Samba Bootcamp.

Starting on Saturday 23 January, the bootcamp will not only teach students how to move to the samba beat, but will give participants the rare chance to wear an authentic, show-stopping costume and join in the Rio Rhythmics’ popular Boundary St Carnaval Parade in West End on Saturday 6 February.

Fun!

Rio Rhythmics Founding Director, Tarcisio Teatini-Climaco says this is the first time participation in the parade has been open to the wider community.

“This year’s Carnaval also coincides with the famous Rio Carnaval, so we thought it would be fantastic to give the general public the rare opportunity to be part of this amazing festive celebration,” he says.

“We’d love to see Brisbane residents channel their inner samba dancer and join in our bootcamp, where they’ll not only get fit, but can glam it up – guys and gals – in our authentic Brazilian Carnaval costumes and be part of this once-a-year unforgettable experience.”

Tarcisio says while there was a small fee to register for the Samba Bootcamp, which included participation in the parade, there were plenty of free events featured in the Carnival.

“We have more than 150 dancers, percussion and capoeira artists involved in the street parade. There will be free dance classes, live Brazilian music and, of course, plenty of delicious food on offer,” he says.

“And for those who want to continue to hone their samba skills after the bootcamp, we offer plenty of classes where they can get their samba fix.”

“Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in.”

Samba Bootcamp will be held on Saturday 23 January at Rio Rhythmics’ Latin Dance Academy at 163 Boundary Street in West End.

To register click here or for more information visit www.riorhythmics.com.au