I have a lot of work to do to learn the lyrics of the songs that the frevo de bloco groups sing! This Bloco da Saudade event was filled with people in elaborate costumes and holding decorated flabelos to represent their group. The dancing to this slower style of frevo was more staid, but the energy came from everyone belting out the lyrics to the songs.
Later in the event, Mestre Lessa came out to lead the band in some exciting frevo de rua and frevo canção (the faster styles of frevo, the latter having lyrics). This was my moment to try some of the steps I’d been learning at classes with the Guerreiros do Passo. I think I still have some practicing to do! Luckily there will be countless opportunities this carnival season.
AABB (Associação Atlética Banco do Brasil, Graças, Recife). 19 de janeiro de 2018.