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Passinho Dance-Offs Unite Communities

By Anna Kaiser, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Around 25,000 people gathered in Parque de Madureira in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone) Sunday, April 28th, for the third annual Batalha do Passinho semi-final. The dance battle gives dancers mostly from Rio’s favela communities the opportunity to compete for a grand prize of R$10,000.

The Passinho is a new kind of dance to funk Carioca music (found at "baile funk" parties) which focuses on skilled . . .

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