If you like to dance, you'll be right at home in Rio de Janeiro. Visitors to Rio are never far away from a beat - even the most unpretentious of corner bars tend to be alive with the sound of music, as local musicians are more than capable of creating a beat from something as simple as a glass bottle anda piece of cutlery. Whether you're in the mood for some slow dancing to sultry bossa nova grooves, getting down and dirty to the bass-heavy sounds of favela funk or swirling around the dancefloor to some samba beats, there are plenty of places in Rio to get your groove on.
For the greatest concentration of dance clubs in the city, you should make Lapa your first port of call - here you will find nightspots to suit every musical taste and every dance style. Head to Lapa on a Friday night to sip a fruit cocktail at the hedonistic street parties held beneath the Arcos da Lapa, and then let your eyes and ears guide you to your perfect downtown dance spot.
Cariocas like to get on their feet and dancing at every opportunity,and you'll see people strutting their stuff everywhere from tiny hole in the wall bars to the city's big dance halls. Don't be afraid to join in - locals will be happy to teach you a few moves.