In Brazil, our project of Influencers is called Melissa Makers. Similar to the international one, it selects girls from diverse Brazilian cities and gives them a voice and a space. At Medium @MelissaMakers, they tell all about their experiences in cities like Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Salvador.
That's where they told us about Baile Charme (something like Charming Dance, as you'll find out below).
In Rio, it's an event. You get some new clothes. You practice some new moves in front of the mirror. In the rhythm of Brazilian funk – which mixes soul with R&B and an indescribable (and highly contagious) Brazilian beat – the diversity so characterized by Rio is shown on the dance floor.
The Melissa Makers chased after the party's history – which believe it or not dates back to the end of the 70's. Come have a look.
The history of Baile Charme of the Madureira viaduct is a story from a mix of esthetics and that reveals, still today, some of Rio's other beauties – the Rio that's on the "other side of the tunnel" and goes beyond the South Side.
Géssica Justino, producer, dancer and researcher made our Makers let out some of their charm. And they're the ones who tell a little bit of the history behind this unmissable night out in the Carioca capital.