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Japanese performers from the Mangueira samba school, parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Few in the so-called "alas dos gringos," or “foreigners' wings,” know how to dance the samba well, bopping along goofily in the parades and waving at the crowds of spectators. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo) Copyright 2013, The Associated Press.

Rio teacher out to prove 'gringos' can samba, too

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With their gyrating hips and feet that move so fast they dissolve into a blur, samba instructor Carla Campos' students are barely distinguishable from the swarms of scantily clad dancers in Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parades. What's make them different is where they come from: abroad.


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