7AM. Dismounting the soudsystem Pitbull - Boladinho after the "baile funk” on the top of the favela Morro dos Prazeres. Rio de Janeiro 2007.

7AM. Dismounting the soudsystem Pitbull - Boladinho after the "baile funk” on the top of the favela Morro dos Prazeres. Rio de Janeiro 2007.

 Preparation - assembling a soundsystem for the "Rio Parada Funk" giant yearly party, for once in the traditional district of Lapa, Center of Rio de Janeiro.

Preparation - assembling a soundsystem for the "Rio Parada Funk" giant yearly party, for once in the traditional district of Lapa, Center of Rio de Janeiro.

 Baile Funk at Boqueirão club, Rio de Janeiro. Soundsystem Furacão Gigante, 2008. || Baile Funk au Clube do Boquerão, Rio de Janeiro. Equipe de som (soundsystem) Furacão Gigante, 2008.

Baile Funk at Boqueirão club, Rio de Janeiro. Soundsystem Furacão Gigante, 2008. || Baile Funk au Clube do Boquerão, Rio de Janeiro. Equipe de som (soundsystem) Furacão Gigante, 2008.

Baixinha
Baixinha

Elaine aka “Baixinha” - Santa Marta favela, Rio de Janeiro 2005.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Baile of Curtisomrio soundsystem, at Club Mourisco, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk ball: north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...

 Baile of Morro do Andaraí, Rio de Janeiro.  As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of  dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited.  The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements..

Baile of Morro do Andaraí, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements..

 FURIA - the new Curtisomrio team soundsystem. After two years of eclipse, Curtisomrio rebirth as a phenix at the club Boqueirão do passeio, center of Rio de Janeiro. || Après deux années d'absence, l'équipe Curtisomrio renaît avec la FURIA sa nouvelle "Equipe de Som" au club Boquerão.

FURIA - the new Curtisomrio team soundsystem. After two years of eclipse, Curtisomrio rebirth as a phenix at the club Boqueirão do passeio, center of Rio de Janeiro. || Après deux années d'absence, l'équipe Curtisomrio renaît avec la FURIA sa nouvelle "Equipe de Som" au club Boquerão.

 Daiane, aka "Mulher Jaca", then a dancer of "Bonde da Loira" group, shows her bikini marks.

Daiane, aka "Mulher Jaca", then a dancer of "Bonde da Loira" group, shows her bikini marks.

 MC Gorila, from the Gorila & Preto duet, getting his breath back after their show. Gorila & Preto represent the "Funk Comedia" movement, distinguishing themselves from other warlike and sensual raps. Gorila & Preto live in the Rocinha slum and they add humor and self-mockery to sensual raps. Clube Ita Show, Itaborai, Rio de Janeiro state..

MC Gorila, from the Gorila & Preto duet, getting his breath back after their show. Gorila & Preto represent the "Funk Comedia" movement, distinguishing themselves from other warlike and sensual raps. Gorila & Preto live in the Rocinha slum and they add humor and self-mockery to sensual raps. Clube Ita Show, Itaborai, Rio de Janeiro state..

 Daiane, then a dancer of "Bonde da Loura", known under the nickname "Mulher Jaca" (Jaca : a tropical fruit) performing during a Baile funk in Nova Iguacu, in Rio de Janeiro's suburbs. Numerous MCs perform with female or male dancers who sometimes give a hint of a strip tease.

Daiane, then a dancer of "Bonde da Loura", known under the nickname "Mulher Jaca" (Jaca : a tropical fruit) performing during a Baile funk in Nova Iguacu, in Rio de Janeiro's suburbs. Numerous MCs perform with female or male dancers who sometimes give a hint of a strip tease.

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"Baile" of Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful soundsystem on the Funk scene in Rio. Club Boqueirão, downtown Rio de Janeiro . Every hand gesture has a meaning : 3 fingers apart mean "Vida louca" (crazy life), the C and V letters symbolize the Commando Vermelho, the principal drug faction in Rio's favelas.

Description/Caption: "Baile" of Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful soundsystem on the Funk scene in Rio. Club Boqueirão, downtown Rio de Janeiro . Every hand gesture has a meaning : 3 fingers apart mean "Vida louca" (crazy life), the C and V letters symbolize the Commando Vermelho, the principal drug faction in Rio's favelas.

 Baile Funk in the Castelo favela in Rio das Pedras, western area of Rio de Janeiro. This young "funkeira" is only 12 years old, but going out to the Baile is the most awaited moment in her week. .

Baile Funk in the Castelo favela in Rio das Pedras, western area of Rio de Janeiro. This young "funkeira" is only 12 years old, but going out to the Baile is the most awaited moment in her week. .

 Funk ball in Belford Roxo, near Rio de Janeiro. This funk dancer is using a rose, symbol of the boys band "The Don Juans", famous for their romantic raps..

Funk ball in Belford Roxo, near Rio de Janeiro. This funk dancer is using a rose, symbol of the boys band "The Don Juans", famous for their romantic raps..

 A "Funkeira" in a trance. Baile of Furacão Tsunami soundsystem , one of the most powerful on the Carioca funk scene. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro 2006.

A "Funkeira" in a trance. Baile of Furacão Tsunami soundsystem , one of the most powerful on the Carioca funk scene. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro 2006.

 Don Juan

Don Juan

 "Baile" at the club Boquerão, downtown, Rio de Janeiro 2006. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw attention, choreographic inventivity and body movements will make the difference!

"Baile" at the club Boquerão, downtown, Rio de Janeiro 2006. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw attention, choreographic inventivity and body movements will make the difference!

 Baile Funk in the favela Morro de Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro, 2006. A 14 years old funkeira..

Baile Funk in the favela Morro de Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro, 2006. A 14 years old funkeira..

 During a ball of Soundsystem CurtisomRio at  Boqueirão club , Rio de Janeiro.  Funk balls, apart from the favelas, have other places in the city. where the liberty is different.  The police watch the politically incorrect rap texts. Balls might be prohibited if the texts  exceed the limits, beeing to sexually or warlike explicits. In spite of the limited freedom of speech, there is a greater freedom of acts :  flirting, kissing, caressing...This is Rio and everyone can try one's luck.

During a ball of Soundsystem CurtisomRio at Boqueirão club , Rio de Janeiro. Funk balls, apart from the favelas, have other places in the city. where the liberty is different. The police watch the politically incorrect rap texts. Balls might be prohibited if the texts exceed the limits, beeing to sexually or warlike explicits. In spite of the limited freedom of speech, there is a greater freedom of acts : flirting, kissing, caressing...This is Rio and everyone can try one's luck.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

"Perversos" show at the Boqueirão "baile". Their choreographies end up with the beginning of a strip tease, which turns girls into frenzy. The male dancers are snatched by the girls who will try and undress, kiss or touch them. Rio de Janeiro.

 MC Ombrinho, a young funk singer from the favela Turano, had his hair cut and dyed with the Puma sneakers' logo. Baile atclub Boqueirão, Downtown Rio de Janeiro. The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys will use their shaved heads as a screen.  Fluorescent white Batman, short cut red hair, or a cut out name  as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself.

MC Ombrinho, a young funk singer from the favela Turano, had his hair cut and dyed with the Puma sneakers' logo. Baile atclub Boqueirão, Downtown Rio de Janeiro. The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys will use their shaved heads as a screen. Fluorescent white Batman, short cut red hair, or a cut out name as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself.

 Baile Funk in the favela Morro dos Prazeres, in the borough of Santa Teresa. During the filming of "Favela on Blast".

Baile Funk in the favela Morro dos Prazeres, in the borough of Santa Teresa. During the filming of "Favela on Blast".

 "Baile" of Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful soundsystem on the Funk scene in Rio. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro 2006.

"Baile" of Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful soundsystem on the Funk scene in Rio. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro 2006.

 Soundsystem Curtisomrio Boladona, Ball at the Boqueirão club, Rio de Janeiro. || Equipe de son Curtisomrio Boladona, baile du Boquerão, Rio de Janeiro.

Soundsystem Curtisomrio Boladona, Ball at the Boqueirão club, Rio de Janeiro. || Equipe de son Curtisomrio Boladona, baile du Boquerão, Rio de Janeiro.

 A sudden fog, coming from the sea, appears and covers the borough of Flamengo : on the foreground, the favela Santo Amaro..

A sudden fog, coming from the sea, appears and covers the borough of Flamengo : on the foreground, the favela Santo Amaro..

 Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro 2007. The biggest slum in Rio, located in the heart of the city's richest areas : São Conrado, Gavea and Barra da Tijuca. There are at least 4 baile each weekend.

Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro 2007. The biggest slum in Rio, located in the heart of the city's richest areas : São Conrado, Gavea and Barra da Tijuca. There are at least 4 baile each weekend.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Mythical ball in the favela Chatuba, Complexo da Penha. The favela Chatuba is famous for having resisted to the assault of the Military Police for weeks, it also hosts one of the most famous and crowded bailes funk of Rio de Janeiro. As a song says, it's the "Maracan„ of Funk", comparing the Baile to the city's biggest football stadium. The soundsystem is named after the favela: the "Chatub„o Digital", is commanded by DJ Byano, one of the best in town, also famous for the quality of the funks he produces and their "roots" sound. || Baile mythique de la favela de Chatuba, Complexo da Penha. Connues pour avoir rÈsistÈ des semaines victorieusement aux assauts de la police militaire, la favela de Chatuba abrite aussi un des plus connu et bondÈ des Bailes Funk de Rio de Janeiro. Comme dit une musique, c'est le "Maracan„ do Funk", comparant le Baile au plus grand stade de foot de la ville, et d'AmÈrique Latine. L'equipe de son porte le nom de la favela : c'est le "Chatub„o Digital", commandÈ par DJ Byano, un des meilleurs de la ville, connu aussi pour la qualitÈ et le son "roots" des funks qu'il produit.

 Two members of the boys band "Os Teimosos" ("the nasty boys") -natives of the favela Fallet in the borough of Santa Teresa- at the Baile organized in the hall of samba school Vizinha Faladeira, downtown old Rio de Janeiro. In Rio, the Samba places usually house Bailes Funk, out of the Carnaval's season. The sambistas remember that 50 years ago, it was their music which was then despised and criminalised..

Two members of the boys band "Os Teimosos" ("the nasty boys") -natives of the favela Fallet in the borough of Santa Teresa- at the Baile organized in the hall of samba school Vizinha Faladeira, downtown old Rio de Janeiro. In Rio, the Samba places usually house Bailes Funk, out of the Carnaval's season. The sambistas remember that 50 years ago, it was their music which was then despised and criminalised..

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Suellen Santos & Roberta Petraglia, 16 & 13 y-o, dancers from the girlsband "As Desejadas", after a show in their district of Pavuna, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.

 Two friends. Baile of the Curtisomrio soundsystem at the club Nilopolitano, suburb of Rio de Janeiro.

Two friends. Baile of the Curtisomrio soundsystem at the club Nilopolitano, suburb of Rio de Janeiro.

 Fabricia, 12 , at the Baile Charme Hip Hop in Nilopolis, Rio de Janeiro..

Fabricia, 12 , at the Baile Charme Hip Hop in Nilopolis, Rio de Janeiro..

 Baile Funk in a creche of favela Vila Cruzeiro, Complexo da Penha, Rio de Janeiro..

Baile Funk in a creche of favela Vila Cruzeiro, Complexo da Penha, Rio de Janeiro..

 Late Lacraia ("centipede"), dancer and transvestite, was famous for her duo work with MC Serginho, from the favela Jacarézinho : after years touring bailes Funk, they even used to present newcomer artists on TV. Lacraia was without doubt the most rapid and supple Funk dancer on the Carioca scene. Photo: Lacraia putting on her make up before entering the stage at club Nova Show in São Gonçalo. He died of TB in 2011.

Late Lacraia ("centipede"), dancer and transvestite, was famous for her duo work with MC Serginho, from the favela Jacarézinho : after years touring bailes Funk, they even used to present newcomer artists on TV. Lacraia was without doubt the most rapid and supple Funk dancer on the Carioca scene. Photo: Lacraia putting on her make up before entering the stage at club Nova Show in São Gonçalo. He died of TB in 2011.

 Scene taken during the recording of  "Vira a Cara" video music by DJ Leo Justi / Heavy Baile at Vila Mimosa, a popular red light district  - featuring Massengo Jr, dancer from the underground scene of Rio de Janeiro.

Scene taken during the recording of "Vira a Cara" video music by DJ Leo Justi / Heavy Baile at Vila Mimosa, a popular red light district - featuring Massengo Jr, dancer from the underground scene of Rio de Janeiro.

 Funkeiros. Baile Funk on sunday night at Club 18, in the borough of Olaria, by the entry of the Complexo do Alemão's favelas.

Funkeiros. Baile Funk on sunday night at Club 18, in the borough of Olaria, by the entry of the Complexo do Alemão's favelas.

 "Baile" at the Fazenda F.C, in São João do Meriti - suburb of Rio de Janeiro. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw the girl's attention, choreographic inventivity and steps will make the difference! Homo-erotism is often part of the seduction game

"Baile" at the Fazenda F.C, in São João do Meriti - suburb of Rio de Janeiro. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw the girl's attention, choreographic inventivity and steps will make the difference! Homo-erotism is often part of the seduction game

 Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended slum, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences .

Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended slum, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences .

 Mister Catra, godfather of funk carioca. During a break between two shows , Catra shows the takings of the night..

Mister Catra, godfather of funk carioca. During a break between two shows , Catra shows the takings of the night..

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Mr Catra's hand, Godfather of funk carioca, at the Whiskeria Paris cafe, famous brothel in the borough of Recreio, in the Western area of Rio de Janeiro. Every week, the Whiskeria invites the biggest Funk stars to make a show..

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys will use their shaved heads as a screen. Fluorescent white Batman, short cut red hair, or a cut out name as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself. Baile at club Eden, Belford Roxo, suburb of Rio de Janeiro.

 Pure seduction" tattooed on the back of a "funkeira", at the Baile of the favela Morro do Fogueteiro. Rio de Janeiro.The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball. Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts. Everything is worth to draw attention!

Pure seduction" tattooed on the back of a "funkeira", at the Baile of the favela Morro do Fogueteiro. Rio de Janeiro.The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball. Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts. Everything is worth to draw attention!

 Hot kissing in  a corner of the Baile Funk of club Palacio do Gelo, in Itaboraí,  a remote suburbian city of Rio de Janeiro..

Hot kissing in a corner of the Baile Funk of club Palacio do Gelo, in Itaboraí, a remote suburbian city of Rio de Janeiro..

 Pendant representing a deceased friend. Baile Funk in Morro do Turano slum. Rio de Janeiro, 2006..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well  : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball.  Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts.  Everything is worth to draw attention! .

Pendant representing a deceased friend. Baile Funk in Morro do Turano slum. Rio de Janeiro, 2006..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball. Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts. Everything is worth to draw attention! .

 Submachine gun pendant ,  Baile of Curtisomrio soundsystem, downtown Rio de Janeiro.  A hint to the omnipresence of weapons on favelas' territory..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys try and identify themselves to the gangs' "warriors" who dominate Rio's favelas as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself..

Submachine gun pendant , Baile of Curtisomrio soundsystem, downtown Rio de Janeiro. A hint to the omnipresence of weapons on favelas' territory..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys try and identify themselves to the gangs' "warriors" who dominate Rio's favelas as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself..

 Giant heart pendant  Baile Funk in Morro do Andaraí. zona norte, Rio de Janeiro, 2011..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well  : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball.  Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts.  Everything is worth to draw attention! .

Giant heart pendant Baile Funk in Morro do Andaraí. zona norte, Rio de Janeiro, 2011..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball. Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts. Everything is worth to draw attention! .

 Ball at the Morro do Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations 
No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance steps.

Ball at the Morro do Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance steps.

 Baile at Morro do Andarai, Rio de Janeiro 2006. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of  dignity, pride collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited.  The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.

Baile at Morro do Andarai, Rio de Janeiro 2006. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.

 Endrew Nobre, aka "Negô". Rehearsal of the show "Na Batalha" on a rooftop of the Complexo do Alemão favelas. Elite dancers of the "Passinho" (little step) the newest dance fiever that came out the Baile Funk culture.

Endrew Nobre, aka "Negô". Rehearsal of the show "Na Batalha" on a rooftop of the Complexo do Alemão favelas. Elite dancers of the "Passinho" (little step) the newest dance fiever that came out the Baile Funk culture.

 A young funkeira, member of the "Bonde das Capetinhas" - "the little devils' band" . She won't miss any baile funk of the Lins' complex of favelas. This picture : Baile in the favela Morro da Gamba, Northern area of Rio de Janeiro, with DJ Pernalonga's soundsystem. .© Vincent Rosenblatt / Agencia Olhares

A young funkeira, member of the "Bonde das Capetinhas" - "the little devils' band" . She won't miss any baile funk of the Lins' complex of favelas. This picture : Baile in the favela Morro da Gamba, Northern area of Rio de Janeiro, with DJ Pernalonga's soundsystem. .© Vincent Rosenblatt / Agencia Olhares

 Gracy, funkeira from Santo Amaro slum, on the dancefloor of club Boqueirão, at a ball organized by Curtisomrio soundsystem, downtown Rio de Janeiro.

Gracy, funkeira from Santo Amaro slum, on the dancefloor of club Boqueirão, at a ball organized by Curtisomrio soundsystem, downtown Rio de Janeiro.

 Baile Funk in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, is one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the fenetic beat of the soundsystem, couples can enjoy a "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk : north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...

Baile Funk in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, is one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the fenetic beat of the soundsystem, couples can enjoy a "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk : north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...

 Boy proudly dances with his money (200 R$ = 110 USD$) in hand at the Baile Funk of the Fazenda F.C. in São João do Meriti - suburb of Rio de Janeiro, with the soundsystem Chatubão Digital. // Rapaz orgulhoso ostenta e dança com o seu dinheiro (200 R$) a vista de todos, no Baile Funk do Fazenda F.C. em São João do Meriti com a Equipe Chatubão Digital.

Boy proudly dances with his money (200 R$ = 110 USD$) in hand at the Baile Funk of the Fazenda F.C. in São João do Meriti - suburb of Rio de Janeiro, with the soundsystem Chatubão Digital. // Rapaz orgulhoso ostenta e dança com o seu dinheiro (200 R$) a vista de todos, no Baile Funk do Fazenda F.C. em São João do Meriti com a Equipe Chatubão Digital.

 Tamiris & Sidney, funkeiros at the Baile of the Boquerão do Passeio club, with the soundsystem Curtisomrio, downtown Rio de Janeiro.

Tamiris & Sidney, funkeiros at the Baile of the Boquerão do Passeio club, with the soundsystem Curtisomrio, downtown Rio de Janeiro.

 Baile Funk in the favela of Guararapes, down the Corcovado, in the Cosme Velho district, zona sul do Rio de Janeiro.

Baile Funk in the favela of Guararapes, down the Corcovado, in the Cosme Velho district, zona sul do Rio de Janeiro.

 Funkeiro at the baile of favela Arvore Seca, New Year's eve 2009..

Funkeiro at the baile of favela Arvore Seca, New Year's eve 2009..

 Baile of soundsystem Curtisomrio,  Boqueirão Club, Downtown Rio de Janeiro. "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk ball: north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance.

Baile of soundsystem Curtisomrio, Boqueirão Club, Downtown Rio de Janeiro. "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk ball: north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance.

 During a ball of Soundsystem CurtisomRio at Boqueirão club , Rio de Janeiro. Funk balls, apart from the favelas, have other places in the city. where the liberty is different. The police watch the politically incorrect rap texts. Balls might be prohibited if the texts exceed the limits, beeing to sexually or warlike explicits. In spite of the limited freedom of speech, there is a greater freedom of acts : flirting, kissing, caressing...This is Rio and everyone can try one's luck.

During a ball of Soundsystem CurtisomRio at Boqueirão club , Rio de Janeiro. Funk balls, apart from the favelas, have other places in the city. where the liberty is different. The police watch the politically incorrect rap texts. Balls might be prohibited if the texts exceed the limits, beeing to sexually or warlike explicits. In spite of the limited freedom of speech, there is a greater freedom of acts : flirting, kissing, caressing...This is Rio and everyone can try one's luck.

 Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended favela, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences

Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended favela, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences

 Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended slum, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences

Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended slum, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences

 Two sisters attend the Baile in the favela Mineira, Rio de Janeiro..As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements. .

Two sisters attend the Baile in the favela Mineira, Rio de Janeiro..As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements. .

 Ball at the Morro do Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.

Ball at the Morro do Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.

 "Baile" of Glamorosa soundsystem in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, was one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro.

"Baile" of Glamorosa soundsystem in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, was one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro.

 Un des derniers grands bailes funk de favela avant la 'pacification" qui les transforme en dortoir silencieux. Baile du Pistão, "colline" ou "morro" de l'Amor, dans le Complexe du Lins, Zona Norte de Rio de Janeiro.

Un des derniers grands bailes funk de favela avant la 'pacification" qui les transforme en dortoir silencieux. Baile du Pistão, "colline" ou "morro" de l'Amor, dans le Complexe du Lins, Zona Norte de Rio de Janeiro.

 A moment of seduction. Baile Funk at favela Morro da Gamba, in the Lins complex , Northern area of Rio de Janeiro. DJ Pernalonga's soundsystem.

A moment of seduction. Baile Funk at favela Morro da Gamba, in the Lins complex , Northern area of Rio de Janeiro. DJ Pernalonga's soundsystem.

 Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants...  In this extended slum,  drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences..

Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended slum, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences..

 Baile Funk in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, is one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the fenetic beat of the soundsystem, couples can enjoy a "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk : north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...

Baile Funk in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, is one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the fenetic beat of the soundsystem, couples can enjoy a "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk : north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...

 Jayson, funkeiro at the baile of Favela Central in São Gonçalo.The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well  : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball.  Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts.  Everything is worth to draw attention! .

Jayson, funkeiro at the baile of Favela Central in São Gonçalo.The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball. Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts. Everything is worth to draw attention! .

 A "funkeira" dancing next to the soundsystem, the speakers'wall whose bass shakes bodies and houses of the favela and nearby boroughs. Baile Funk in the favela Morro de São João, Northern area, Rio de Janeiro.

A "funkeira" dancing next to the soundsystem, the speakers'wall whose bass shakes bodies and houses of the favela and nearby boroughs. Baile Funk in the favela Morro de São João, Northern area, Rio de Janeiro.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Dancers' shadows on the speakers. "Os Sedutores", a boys' band from Jacare, a favela in Rio's North area, are performing at the "baile" of the favela Boca do Mato. For those boys' bands, to enter the Funk scene represents an opportunity to get a living and win the esteem of tens of thousands of "funkeiros", to succeed beyond the fatality of drug trafficking or miserable wages.

 Roadies assembling a soudsystem for the "Rio Parada Funk" (Rio Funk Parade 2014) inside the Sambodromo.

Roadies assembling a soudsystem for the "Rio Parada Funk" (Rio Funk Parade 2014) inside the Sambodromo.

 A young couple in the favela Morro dos Prazeres, in the Santa Teresa borough. aside from the Baile Funk happening in the near ... at least 500 persons have been dancing all night on the top of the hill..

A young couple in the favela Morro dos Prazeres, in the Santa Teresa borough. aside from the Baile Funk happening in the near ... at least 500 persons have been dancing all night on the top of the hill..

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Morro dos Prazeres, Rio de Janeiro 2007

 Funk on the rooftops. Elaine, Cris, Aninha & Dani, of the "Tchutchucas" band, are rehearsing their new choreography on the rooftop of Elaine's house in the Vila Cruzeiro favela, Rio de Janeiro. Their spicy rap responds to the MCs'macho attitude.

Funk on the rooftops. Elaine, Cris, Aninha & Dani, of the "Tchutchucas" band, are rehearsing their new choreography on the rooftop of Elaine's house in the Vila Cruzeiro favela, Rio de Janeiro. Their spicy rap responds to the MCs'macho attitude.

 Roberta Petraglia, 13 ans, danseuse du "bonde" (groupe) des Desejadas, avant un show dans la favela d'Acari, Zona Norte de Rio de Janeiro.

Roberta Petraglia, 13 ans, danseuse du "bonde" (groupe) des Desejadas, avant un show dans la favela d'Acari, Zona Norte de Rio de Janeiro.

 Bonde do Quebra

Bonde do Quebra

 Endrew Nobre, aka "Negô". Rehearsal of the show "Na Batalha" on a rooftop of the Complexo do Alemão favelas. Elite dancers of the "Passinho" (little step) the newest dance fiever that came out the Baile Funk culture.

Endrew Nobre, aka "Negô". Rehearsal of the show "Na Batalha" on a rooftop of the Complexo do Alemão favelas. Elite dancers of the "Passinho" (little step) the newest dance fiever that came out the Baile Funk culture.

 Celly IDD - the most renowned female dancer from “Passinho” funk dance.. Rehearsal of the show "Na Batalha" on a rooftop of the Complexo do Alemão favelas. Elite dancers of the "Passinho" (little step) the newest dance fiever that came out the Baile Funk culture.

Celly IDD - the most renowned female dancer from “Passinho” funk dance.. Rehearsal of the show "Na Batalha" on a rooftop of the Complexo do Alemão favelas. Elite dancers of the "Passinho" (little step) the newest dance fiever that came out the Baile Funk culture.

 Vitor Hugo, Diego, Anderson and Heverton, "Muleks 100 limits" ("boys without limits") are training on the rooftop of Diego's house, on the heights of Mangueira favela . They rehearse almost every day, and perfect their choreographies, hoping to have success on the carioca funk scene and get a better life. Down the hill, the Maracanã stadium.

Vitor Hugo, Diego, Anderson and Heverton, "Muleks 100 limits" ("boys without limits") are training on the rooftop of Diego's house, on the heights of Mangueira favela . They rehearse almost every day, and perfect their choreographies, hoping to have success on the carioca funk scene and get a better life. Down the hill, the Maracanã stadium.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Celly and Fabio - passinho & funk dancers.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Os Hawaianos - famous funk boys-band on rehearsal in City of God favela.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

"Muleks 100 limits" ("boys without limits") are training on a rooftop, in the heights of Mangueira favela . They rehearse almost every day, and perfect their choreographies, hoping to have success on the carioca funk scene and get a better life. Down the hill, the Maracanã stadium.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Off the Baile Funk of Arvore Seca, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

“Baile do Pistão”, Morro do Amor, Complexo do Lins, Zona Norte, Rio de Janeiro.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

The late DJ Pernalonga, favela Boca do Mato, Complexo do Lins, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.

 Drunken "funkeiro" dancing with an empty bier bucket on his face ; Baile of the Sítio da Boa, in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro far suburb, but with a strong Funk tradition in this poor town .

Drunken "funkeiro" dancing with an empty bier bucket on his face ; Baile of the Sítio da Boa, in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro far suburb, but with a strong Funk tradition in this poor town .

 "Funkeira" at the Ramos Social Clube, close to the Complexo do Alemão's favelas, Rio de Janeiro 2009. In the heat of the "baile".

"Funkeira" at the Ramos Social Clube, close to the Complexo do Alemão's favelas, Rio de Janeiro 2009. In the heat of the "baile".

 Baile Funk at the Boqueirão club in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the fenetic beat of the soundsystem, couples can enjoy a "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk : north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...

Baile Funk at the Boqueirão club in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the fenetic beat of the soundsystem, couples can enjoy a "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk : north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...

 Young man dressed up as a "Favela warrior" for the Carnival, Rio de Janeiro 2011 // Jovem fantasiado de "Soldado do Morro" no Carnaval 2011.

Young man dressed up as a "Favela warrior" for the Carnival, Rio de Janeiro 2011 // Jovem fantasiado de "Soldado do Morro" no Carnaval 2011.

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 Flavia, a Funkdancer, waits for the van which will take her on tour to the bailes funk (Funk balls). Vila Cruzeiro, Rio de Janeiro..

Flavia, a Funkdancer, waits for the van which will take her on tour to the bailes funk (Funk balls). Vila Cruzeiro, Rio de Janeiro..

 Desmounting the soundsystem "A Coisona" ("The Big Thing") after the Baile Funk on sunday night at Club 18, in the borough of Olaria, by the entry of the Complexo do Alemão's favelas. || Démontage de l'équipe de son "A Coisona" ("La Grande Chose) après le Baile Funk du dimanche soir, au Club 18, dans le quartier d'Olaria, à l'entrée des favelas du Complexo do Alemão..

Desmounting the soundsystem "A Coisona" ("The Big Thing") after the Baile Funk on sunday night at Club 18, in the borough of Olaria, by the entry of the Complexo do Alemão's favelas. || Démontage de l'équipe de son "A Coisona" ("La Grande Chose) après le Baile Funk du dimanche soir, au Club 18, dans le quartier d'Olaria, à l'entrée des favelas du Complexo do Alemão..

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 Shadows of the "Funkeiros" enjoying the Baile Funk with the Chatubão Digital soundsystem & DJ Byano performing at the Fazenda F.C club in São João do Miriti, suburb of Rio de Janeiro, 2011

Shadows of the "Funkeiros" enjoying the Baile Funk with the Chatubão Digital soundsystem & DJ Byano performing at the Fazenda F.C club in São João do Miriti, suburb of Rio de Janeiro, 2011

 Plugs & connections of a soudsystem, in Baile Funk of the favela Vidigal, zona sul of Rio de Janeiro

Plugs & connections of a soudsystem, in Baile Funk of the favela Vidigal, zona sul of Rio de Janeiro

 The carioca Funk movement is fashion and look as well : the boys will use their shaved heads as a screen. Here a designed brick wall evokes the favela's architecture.  Everything is worth to attract the girls' attention!

The carioca Funk movement is fashion and look as well : the boys will use their shaved heads as a screen. Here a designed brick wall evokes the favela's architecture. Everything is worth to attract the girls' attention!

 6 in the morning, the "baile" is ending in the Cantagalo favela, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. || Fin du Baile, 6h du matin, dans la favela du Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.

6 in the morning, the "baile" is ending in the Cantagalo favela, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. || Fin du Baile, 6h du matin, dans la favela du Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.

 Revelhão no morro da Arvore Seca, Complexo do Lins, Rio de Janeiro. // New year's eve 2009 in the Complexo do Lins' favelas, Northern Area of Rio. Far from the beaches and Copacabana, the favelas treat themselves to their own fireworks.

Revelhão no morro da Arvore Seca, Complexo do Lins, Rio de Janeiro. // New year's eve 2009 in the Complexo do Lins' favelas, Northern Area of Rio. Far from the beaches and Copacabana, the favelas treat themselves to their own fireworks.

Slideshow in Santa Marta
Slideshow in Santa Marta

Projection of the photographic series "Rio Baile Funk" during a "Funk event, in favela Santa Marta, South area of Rio de Janeiro. After years documenting and photographing the bailes funk (funk balls), it seemed only fair to show this work where it actually took place..

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Projection of the photographic series "Rio Baile Funk" during a "Funk event, in favela Santa Marta, South area of Rio de Janeiro. After years documenting and photographing the bailes funk (funk balls), it seemed only fair to show this work where it actually took place..

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

“Rio Baile Funk” Slideshow into the baile of the favela of the Morro do São João, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.. After years documenting Baile Funk in the whole city - I started to show it back in the place where the work was done.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

“Rio Baile Funk” Slideshow into the baile of the favela of the Morro do São João, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.. After years documenting Baile Funk in the whole city - I started to show it back in the place where the work was done.

 Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" - work by Vincent Rosenblatt in the district of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" - work by Vincent Rosenblatt in the district of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" - in the district of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" in the favela Margem da Linha, in Campos, Rio de Janeiro state.

Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk

Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" in the favela Margem da Linha, in Campos, Rio de Janeiro state.

 7AM. Dismounting the soudsystem Pitbull - Boladinho after the "baile funk” on the top of the favela Morro dos Prazeres. Rio de Janeiro 2007.
 Preparation - assembling a soundsystem for the "Rio Parada Funk" giant yearly party, for once in the traditional district of Lapa, Center of Rio de Janeiro.
 Baile Funk at Boqueirão club, Rio de Janeiro. Soundsystem Furacão Gigante, 2008. || Baile Funk au Clube do Boquerão, Rio de Janeiro. Equipe de som (soundsystem) Furacão Gigante, 2008.
Baixinha
Rio Baile Funk
 Baile of Morro do Andaraí, Rio de Janeiro.  As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of  dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited.  The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements..
 FURIA - the new Curtisomrio team soundsystem. After two years of eclipse, Curtisomrio rebirth as a phenix at the club Boqueirão do passeio, center of Rio de Janeiro. || Après deux années d'absence, l'équipe Curtisomrio renaît avec la FURIA sa nouvelle "Equipe de Som" au club Boquerão.
 Daiane, aka "Mulher Jaca", then a dancer of "Bonde da Loira" group, shows her bikini marks.
 MC Gorila, from the Gorila & Preto duet, getting his breath back after their show. Gorila & Preto represent the "Funk Comedia" movement, distinguishing themselves from other warlike and sensual raps. Gorila & Preto live in the Rocinha slum and they add humor and self-mockery to sensual raps. Clube Ita Show, Itaborai, Rio de Janeiro state..
 Daiane, then a dancer of "Bonde da Loura", known under the nickname "Mulher Jaca" (Jaca : a tropical fruit) performing during a Baile funk in Nova Iguacu, in Rio de Janeiro's suburbs. Numerous MCs perform with female or male dancers who sometimes give a hint of a strip tease.
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"Baile" of Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful soundsystem on the Funk scene in Rio. Club Boqueirão, downtown Rio de Janeiro . Every hand gesture has a meaning : 3 fingers apart mean "Vida louca" (crazy life), the C and V letters symbolize the Commando Vermelho, the principal drug faction in Rio's favelas.
 Baile Funk in the Castelo favela in Rio das Pedras, western area of Rio de Janeiro. This young "funkeira" is only 12 years old, but going out to the Baile is the most awaited moment in her week. .
 Funk ball in Belford Roxo, near Rio de Janeiro. This funk dancer is using a rose, symbol of the boys band "The Don Juans", famous for their romantic raps..
 A "Funkeira" in a trance. Baile of Furacão Tsunami soundsystem , one of the most powerful on the Carioca funk scene. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro 2006.
 Don Juan
 "Baile" at the club Boquerão, downtown, Rio de Janeiro 2006. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw attention, choreographic inventivity and body movements will make the difference!
 Baile Funk in the favela Morro de Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro, 2006. A 14 years old funkeira..
 During a ball of Soundsystem CurtisomRio at  Boqueirão club , Rio de Janeiro.  Funk balls, apart from the favelas, have other places in the city. where the liberty is different.  The police watch the politically incorrect rap texts. Balls might be prohibited if the texts  exceed the limits, beeing to sexually or warlike explicits. In spite of the limited freedom of speech, there is a greater freedom of acts :  flirting, kissing, caressing...This is Rio and everyone can try one's luck.
Rio Baile Funk
 MC Ombrinho, a young funk singer from the favela Turano, had his hair cut and dyed with the Puma sneakers' logo. Baile atclub Boqueirão, Downtown Rio de Janeiro. The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys will use their shaved heads as a screen.  Fluorescent white Batman, short cut red hair, or a cut out name  as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself.
 Baile Funk in the favela Morro dos Prazeres, in the borough of Santa Teresa. During the filming of "Favela on Blast".
 "Baile" of Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful soundsystem on the Funk scene in Rio. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro 2006.
 Soundsystem Curtisomrio Boladona, Ball at the Boqueirão club, Rio de Janeiro. || Equipe de son Curtisomrio Boladona, baile du Boquerão, Rio de Janeiro.
 A sudden fog, coming from the sea, appears and covers the borough of Flamengo : on the foreground, the favela Santo Amaro..
 Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro 2007. The biggest slum in Rio, located in the heart of the city's richest areas : São Conrado, Gavea and Barra da Tijuca. There are at least 4 baile each weekend.
Rio Baile Funk
 Two members of the boys band "Os Teimosos" ("the nasty boys") -natives of the favela Fallet in the borough of Santa Teresa- at the Baile organized in the hall of samba school Vizinha Faladeira, downtown old Rio de Janeiro. In Rio, the Samba places usually house Bailes Funk, out of the Carnaval's season. The sambistas remember that 50 years ago, it was their music which was then despised and criminalised..
Rio Baile Funk
 Two friends. Baile of the Curtisomrio soundsystem at the club Nilopolitano, suburb of Rio de Janeiro.
 Fabricia, 12 , at the Baile Charme Hip Hop in Nilopolis, Rio de Janeiro..
 Baile Funk in a creche of favela Vila Cruzeiro, Complexo da Penha, Rio de Janeiro..
 Late Lacraia ("centipede"), dancer and transvestite, was famous for her duo work with MC Serginho, from the favela Jacarézinho : after years touring bailes Funk, they even used to present newcomer artists on TV. Lacraia was without doubt the most rapid and supple Funk dancer on the Carioca scene. Photo: Lacraia putting on her make up before entering the stage at club Nova Show in São Gonçalo. He died of TB in 2011.
 Scene taken during the recording of  "Vira a Cara" video music by DJ Leo Justi / Heavy Baile at Vila Mimosa, a popular red light district  - featuring Massengo Jr, dancer from the underground scene of Rio de Janeiro.
 Funkeiros. Baile Funk on sunday night at Club 18, in the borough of Olaria, by the entry of the Complexo do Alemão's favelas.
 "Baile" at the Fazenda F.C, in São João do Meriti - suburb of Rio de Janeiro. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw the girl's attention, choreographic inventivity and steps will make the difference! Homo-erotism is often part of the seduction game
 Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended slum, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences .
 Mister Catra, godfather of funk carioca. During a break between two shows , Catra shows the takings of the night..
Rio Baile Funk
Rio Baile Funk
 Pure seduction" tattooed on the back of a "funkeira", at the Baile of the favela Morro do Fogueteiro. Rio de Janeiro.The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball. Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts. Everything is worth to draw attention!
 Hot kissing in  a corner of the Baile Funk of club Palacio do Gelo, in Itaboraí,  a remote suburbian city of Rio de Janeiro..
 Pendant representing a deceased friend. Baile Funk in Morro do Turano slum. Rio de Janeiro, 2006..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well  : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball.  Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts.  Everything is worth to draw attention! .
 Submachine gun pendant ,  Baile of Curtisomrio soundsystem, downtown Rio de Janeiro.  A hint to the omnipresence of weapons on favelas' territory..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys try and identify themselves to the gangs' "warriors" who dominate Rio's favelas as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself..
 Giant heart pendant  Baile Funk in Morro do Andaraí. zona norte, Rio de Janeiro, 2011..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well  : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball.  Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts.  Everything is worth to draw attention! .
 Ball at the Morro do Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations 
No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance steps.
 Baile at Morro do Andarai, Rio de Janeiro 2006. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of  dignity, pride collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited.  The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.
 Endrew Nobre, aka "Negô". Rehearsal of the show "Na Batalha" on a rooftop of the Complexo do Alemão favelas. Elite dancers of the "Passinho" (little step) the newest dance fiever that came out the Baile Funk culture.
 A young funkeira, member of the "Bonde das Capetinhas" - "the little devils' band" . She won't miss any baile funk of the Lins' complex of favelas. This picture : Baile in the favela Morro da Gamba, Northern area of Rio de Janeiro, with DJ Pernalonga's soundsystem. .© Vincent Rosenblatt / Agencia Olhares
 Gracy, funkeira from Santo Amaro slum, on the dancefloor of club Boqueirão, at a ball organized by Curtisomrio soundsystem, downtown Rio de Janeiro.
 Baile Funk in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, is one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the fenetic beat of the soundsystem, couples can enjoy a "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk : north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...
 Boy proudly dances with his money (200 R$ = 110 USD$) in hand at the Baile Funk of the Fazenda F.C. in São João do Meriti - suburb of Rio de Janeiro, with the soundsystem Chatubão Digital. // Rapaz orgulhoso ostenta e dança com o seu dinheiro (200 R$) a vista de todos, no Baile Funk do Fazenda F.C. em São João do Meriti com a Equipe Chatubão Digital.
 Tamiris & Sidney, funkeiros at the Baile of the Boquerão do Passeio club, with the soundsystem Curtisomrio, downtown Rio de Janeiro.
 Baile Funk in the favela of Guararapes, down the Corcovado, in the Cosme Velho district, zona sul do Rio de Janeiro.
 Funkeiro at the baile of favela Arvore Seca, New Year's eve 2009..
 Baile of soundsystem Curtisomrio,  Boqueirão Club, Downtown Rio de Janeiro. "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk ball: north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance.
 During a ball of Soundsystem CurtisomRio at Boqueirão club , Rio de Janeiro. Funk balls, apart from the favelas, have other places in the city. where the liberty is different. The police watch the politically incorrect rap texts. Balls might be prohibited if the texts exceed the limits, beeing to sexually or warlike explicits. In spite of the limited freedom of speech, there is a greater freedom of acts : flirting, kissing, caressing...This is Rio and everyone can try one's luck.
 Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended favela, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences
 Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended slum, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences
 Two sisters attend the Baile in the favela Mineira, Rio de Janeiro..As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements. .
 Ball at the Morro do Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.
 "Baile" of Glamorosa soundsystem in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, was one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro.
 Un des derniers grands bailes funk de favela avant la 'pacification" qui les transforme en dortoir silencieux. Baile du Pistão, "colline" ou "morro" de l'Amor, dans le Complexe du Lins, Zona Norte de Rio de Janeiro.
 A moment of seduction. Baile Funk at favela Morro da Gamba, in the Lins complex , Northern area of Rio de Janeiro. DJ Pernalonga's soundsystem.
 Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants...  In this extended slum,  drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences..
 Baile Funk in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, is one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the fenetic beat of the soundsystem, couples can enjoy a "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk : north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...
 Jayson, funkeiro at the baile of Favela Central in São Gonçalo.The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well  : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball.  Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts.  Everything is worth to draw attention! .
 A "funkeira" dancing next to the soundsystem, the speakers'wall whose bass shakes bodies and houses of the favela and nearby boroughs. Baile Funk in the favela Morro de São João, Northern area, Rio de Janeiro.
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 Roadies assembling a soudsystem for the "Rio Parada Funk" (Rio Funk Parade 2014) inside the Sambodromo.
 A young couple in the favela Morro dos Prazeres, in the Santa Teresa borough. aside from the Baile Funk happening in the near ... at least 500 persons have been dancing all night on the top of the hill..
Rio Baile Funk
 Funk on the rooftops. Elaine, Cris, Aninha & Dani, of the "Tchutchucas" band, are rehearsing their new choreography on the rooftop of Elaine's house in the Vila Cruzeiro favela, Rio de Janeiro. Their spicy rap responds to the MCs'macho attitude.
 Roberta Petraglia, 13 ans, danseuse du "bonde" (groupe) des Desejadas, avant un show dans la favela d'Acari, Zona Norte de Rio de Janeiro.
 Bonde do Quebra
 Endrew Nobre, aka "Negô". Rehearsal of the show "Na Batalha" on a rooftop of the Complexo do Alemão favelas. Elite dancers of the "Passinho" (little step) the newest dance fiever that came out the Baile Funk culture.
 Celly IDD - the most renowned female dancer from “Passinho” funk dance.. Rehearsal of the show "Na Batalha" on a rooftop of the Complexo do Alemão favelas. Elite dancers of the "Passinho" (little step) the newest dance fiever that came out the Baile Funk culture.
 Vitor Hugo, Diego, Anderson and Heverton, "Muleks 100 limits" ("boys without limits") are training on the rooftop of Diego's house, on the heights of Mangueira favela . They rehearse almost every day, and perfect their choreographies, hoping to have success on the carioca funk scene and get a better life. Down the hill, the Maracanã stadium.
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 Drunken "funkeiro" dancing with an empty bier bucket on his face ; Baile of the Sítio da Boa, in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro far suburb, but with a strong Funk tradition in this poor town .
 "Funkeira" at the Ramos Social Clube, close to the Complexo do Alemão's favelas, Rio de Janeiro 2009. In the heat of the "baile".
 Baile Funk at the Boqueirão club in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the fenetic beat of the soundsystem, couples can enjoy a "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk : north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...
 Young man dressed up as a "Favela warrior" for the Carnival, Rio de Janeiro 2011 // Jovem fantasiado de "Soldado do Morro" no Carnaval 2011.
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 Flavia, a Funkdancer, waits for the van which will take her on tour to the bailes funk (Funk balls). Vila Cruzeiro, Rio de Janeiro..
 Desmounting the soundsystem "A Coisona" ("The Big Thing") after the Baile Funk on sunday night at Club 18, in the borough of Olaria, by the entry of the Complexo do Alemão's favelas. || Démontage de l'équipe de son "A Coisona" ("La Grande Chose) après le Baile Funk du dimanche soir, au Club 18, dans le quartier d'Olaria, à l'entrée des favelas du Complexo do Alemão..
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 Shadows of the "Funkeiros" enjoying the Baile Funk with the Chatubão Digital soundsystem & DJ Byano performing at the Fazenda F.C club in São João do Miriti, suburb of Rio de Janeiro, 2011
 Plugs & connections of a soudsystem, in Baile Funk of the favela Vidigal, zona sul of Rio de Janeiro
 The carioca Funk movement is fashion and look as well : the boys will use their shaved heads as a screen. Here a designed brick wall evokes the favela's architecture.  Everything is worth to attract the girls' attention!
 6 in the morning, the "baile" is ending in the Cantagalo favela, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. || Fin du Baile, 6h du matin, dans la favela du Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.
 Revelhão no morro da Arvore Seca, Complexo do Lins, Rio de Janeiro. // New year's eve 2009 in the Complexo do Lins' favelas, Northern Area of Rio. Far from the beaches and Copacabana, the favelas treat themselves to their own fireworks.
Slideshow in Santa Marta
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 Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" - work by Vincent Rosenblatt in the district of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro
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7AM. Dismounting the soudsystem Pitbull - Boladinho after the "baile funk” on the top of the favela Morro dos Prazeres. Rio de Janeiro 2007.

Preparation - assembling a soundsystem for the "Rio Parada Funk" giant yearly party, for once in the traditional district of Lapa, Center of Rio de Janeiro.

Baile Funk at Boqueirão club, Rio de Janeiro. Soundsystem Furacão Gigante, 2008. || Baile Funk au Clube do Boquerão, Rio de Janeiro. Equipe de som (soundsystem) Furacão Gigante, 2008.

Baixinha

Elaine aka “Baixinha” - Santa Marta favela, Rio de Janeiro 2005.

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Baile of Curtisomrio soundsystem, at Club Mourisco, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk ball: north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...

Baile of Morro do Andaraí, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements..

FURIA - the new Curtisomrio team soundsystem. After two years of eclipse, Curtisomrio rebirth as a phenix at the club Boqueirão do passeio, center of Rio de Janeiro. || Après deux années d'absence, l'équipe Curtisomrio renaît avec la FURIA sa nouvelle "Equipe de Som" au club Boquerão.

Daiane, aka "Mulher Jaca", then a dancer of "Bonde da Loira" group, shows her bikini marks.

MC Gorila, from the Gorila & Preto duet, getting his breath back after their show. Gorila & Preto represent the "Funk Comedia" movement, distinguishing themselves from other warlike and sensual raps. Gorila & Preto live in the Rocinha slum and they add humor and self-mockery to sensual raps. Clube Ita Show, Itaborai, Rio de Janeiro state..

Daiane, then a dancer of "Bonde da Loura", known under the nickname "Mulher Jaca" (Jaca : a tropical fruit) performing during a Baile funk in Nova Iguacu, in Rio de Janeiro's suburbs. Numerous MCs perform with female or male dancers who sometimes give a hint of a strip tease.

Description/Caption: "Baile" of Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful soundsystem on the Funk scene in Rio. Club Boqueirão, downtown Rio de Janeiro . Every hand gesture has a meaning : 3 fingers apart mean "Vida louca" (crazy life), the C and V letters symbolize the Commando Vermelho, the principal drug faction in Rio's favelas.

Baile Funk in the Castelo favela in Rio das Pedras, western area of Rio de Janeiro. This young "funkeira" is only 12 years old, but going out to the Baile is the most awaited moment in her week. .

Funk ball in Belford Roxo, near Rio de Janeiro. This funk dancer is using a rose, symbol of the boys band "The Don Juans", famous for their romantic raps..

A "Funkeira" in a trance. Baile of Furacão Tsunami soundsystem , one of the most powerful on the Carioca funk scene. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro 2006.

Don Juan

"Baile" at the club Boquerão, downtown, Rio de Janeiro 2006. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw attention, choreographic inventivity and body movements will make the difference!

Baile Funk in the favela Morro de Salgueiro, Rio de Janeiro, 2006. A 14 years old funkeira..

During a ball of Soundsystem CurtisomRio at Boqueirão club , Rio de Janeiro. Funk balls, apart from the favelas, have other places in the city. where the liberty is different. The police watch the politically incorrect rap texts. Balls might be prohibited if the texts exceed the limits, beeing to sexually or warlike explicits. In spite of the limited freedom of speech, there is a greater freedom of acts : flirting, kissing, caressing...This is Rio and everyone can try one's luck.

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"Perversos" show at the Boqueirão "baile". Their choreographies end up with the beginning of a strip tease, which turns girls into frenzy. The male dancers are snatched by the girls who will try and undress, kiss or touch them. Rio de Janeiro.

MC Ombrinho, a young funk singer from the favela Turano, had his hair cut and dyed with the Puma sneakers' logo. Baile atclub Boqueirão, Downtown Rio de Janeiro. The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys will use their shaved heads as a screen. Fluorescent white Batman, short cut red hair, or a cut out name as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself.

Baile Funk in the favela Morro dos Prazeres, in the borough of Santa Teresa. During the filming of "Favela on Blast".

"Baile" of Furacão Tsunami, the most powerful soundsystem on the Funk scene in Rio. Campo do Ferroviario, Austin, Rio de Janeiro 2006.

Soundsystem Curtisomrio Boladona, Ball at the Boqueirão club, Rio de Janeiro. || Equipe de son Curtisomrio Boladona, baile du Boquerão, Rio de Janeiro.

A sudden fog, coming from the sea, appears and covers the borough of Flamengo : on the foreground, the favela Santo Amaro..

Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro 2007. The biggest slum in Rio, located in the heart of the city's richest areas : São Conrado, Gavea and Barra da Tijuca. There are at least 4 baile each weekend.

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Mythical ball in the favela Chatuba, Complexo da Penha. The favela Chatuba is famous for having resisted to the assault of the Military Police for weeks, it also hosts one of the most famous and crowded bailes funk of Rio de Janeiro. As a song says, it's the "Maracan„ of Funk", comparing the Baile to the city's biggest football stadium. The soundsystem is named after the favela: the "Chatub„o Digital", is commanded by DJ Byano, one of the best in town, also famous for the quality of the funks he produces and their "roots" sound. || Baile mythique de la favela de Chatuba, Complexo da Penha. Connues pour avoir rÈsistÈ des semaines victorieusement aux assauts de la police militaire, la favela de Chatuba abrite aussi un des plus connu et bondÈ des Bailes Funk de Rio de Janeiro. Comme dit une musique, c'est le "Maracan„ do Funk", comparant le Baile au plus grand stade de foot de la ville, et d'AmÈrique Latine. L'equipe de son porte le nom de la favela : c'est le "Chatub„o Digital", commandÈ par DJ Byano, un des meilleurs de la ville, connu aussi pour la qualitÈ et le son "roots" des funks qu'il produit.

Two members of the boys band "Os Teimosos" ("the nasty boys") -natives of the favela Fallet in the borough of Santa Teresa- at the Baile organized in the hall of samba school Vizinha Faladeira, downtown old Rio de Janeiro. In Rio, the Samba places usually house Bailes Funk, out of the Carnaval's season. The sambistas remember that 50 years ago, it was their music which was then despised and criminalised..

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Suellen Santos & Roberta Petraglia, 16 & 13 y-o, dancers from the girlsband "As Desejadas", after a show in their district of Pavuna, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.

Two friends. Baile of the Curtisomrio soundsystem at the club Nilopolitano, suburb of Rio de Janeiro.

Fabricia, 12 , at the Baile Charme Hip Hop in Nilopolis, Rio de Janeiro..

Baile Funk in a creche of favela Vila Cruzeiro, Complexo da Penha, Rio de Janeiro..

Late Lacraia ("centipede"), dancer and transvestite, was famous for her duo work with MC Serginho, from the favela Jacarézinho : after years touring bailes Funk, they even used to present newcomer artists on TV. Lacraia was without doubt the most rapid and supple Funk dancer on the Carioca scene. Photo: Lacraia putting on her make up before entering the stage at club Nova Show in São Gonçalo. He died of TB in 2011.

Scene taken during the recording of "Vira a Cara" video music by DJ Leo Justi / Heavy Baile at Vila Mimosa, a popular red light district - featuring Massengo Jr, dancer from the underground scene of Rio de Janeiro.

Funkeiros. Baile Funk on sunday night at Club 18, in the borough of Olaria, by the entry of the Complexo do Alemão's favelas.

"Baile" at the Fazenda F.C, in São João do Meriti - suburb of Rio de Janeiro. In the heat of the "baile", boys will often drop take off their T-shirt. But to draw the girl's attention, choreographic inventivity and steps will make the difference! Homo-erotism is often part of the seduction game

Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended slum, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences .

Mister Catra, godfather of funk carioca. During a break between two shows , Catra shows the takings of the night..

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Mr Catra's hand, Godfather of funk carioca, at the Whiskeria Paris cafe, famous brothel in the borough of Recreio, in the Western area of Rio de Janeiro. Every week, the Whiskeria invites the biggest Funk stars to make a show..

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The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys will use their shaved heads as a screen. Fluorescent white Batman, short cut red hair, or a cut out name as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself. Baile at club Eden, Belford Roxo, suburb of Rio de Janeiro.

Pure seduction" tattooed on the back of a "funkeira", at the Baile of the favela Morro do Fogueteiro. Rio de Janeiro.The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball. Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts. Everything is worth to draw attention!

Hot kissing in a corner of the Baile Funk of club Palacio do Gelo, in Itaboraí, a remote suburbian city of Rio de Janeiro..

Pendant representing a deceased friend. Baile Funk in Morro do Turano slum. Rio de Janeiro, 2006..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball. Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts. Everything is worth to draw attention! .

Submachine gun pendant , Baile of Curtisomrio soundsystem, downtown Rio de Janeiro. A hint to the omnipresence of weapons on favelas' territory..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : the boys try and identify themselves to the gangs' "warriors" who dominate Rio's favelas as to attract the girls' attention and assert oneself..

Giant heart pendant Baile Funk in Morro do Andaraí. zona norte, Rio de Janeiro, 2011..The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball. Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts. Everything is worth to draw attention! .

Ball at the Morro do Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance steps.

Baile at Morro do Andarai, Rio de Janeiro 2006. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.

Endrew Nobre, aka "Negô". Rehearsal of the show "Na Batalha" on a rooftop of the Complexo do Alemão favelas. Elite dancers of the "Passinho" (little step) the newest dance fiever that came out the Baile Funk culture.

A young funkeira, member of the "Bonde das Capetinhas" - "the little devils' band" . She won't miss any baile funk of the Lins' complex of favelas. This picture : Baile in the favela Morro da Gamba, Northern area of Rio de Janeiro, with DJ Pernalonga's soundsystem. .© Vincent Rosenblatt / Agencia Olhares

Gracy, funkeira from Santo Amaro slum, on the dancefloor of club Boqueirão, at a ball organized by Curtisomrio soundsystem, downtown Rio de Janeiro.

Baile Funk in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, is one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the fenetic beat of the soundsystem, couples can enjoy a "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk : north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...

Boy proudly dances with his money (200 R$ = 110 USD$) in hand at the Baile Funk of the Fazenda F.C. in São João do Meriti - suburb of Rio de Janeiro, with the soundsystem Chatubão Digital. // Rapaz orgulhoso ostenta e dança com o seu dinheiro (200 R$) a vista de todos, no Baile Funk do Fazenda F.C. em São João do Meriti com a Equipe Chatubão Digital.

Tamiris & Sidney, funkeiros at the Baile of the Boquerão do Passeio club, with the soundsystem Curtisomrio, downtown Rio de Janeiro.

Baile Funk in the favela of Guararapes, down the Corcovado, in the Cosme Velho district, zona sul do Rio de Janeiro.

Funkeiro at the baile of favela Arvore Seca, New Year's eve 2009..

Baile of soundsystem Curtisomrio, Boqueirão Club, Downtown Rio de Janeiro. "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk ball: north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance.

During a ball of Soundsystem CurtisomRio at Boqueirão club , Rio de Janeiro. Funk balls, apart from the favelas, have other places in the city. where the liberty is different. The police watch the politically incorrect rap texts. Balls might be prohibited if the texts exceed the limits, beeing to sexually or warlike explicits. In spite of the limited freedom of speech, there is a greater freedom of acts : flirting, kissing, caressing...This is Rio and everyone can try one's luck.

Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended favela, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences

Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended slum, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences

Two sisters attend the Baile in the favela Mineira, Rio de Janeiro..As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements. .

Ball at the Morro do Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. As a contrast to rap the "baile funk" in the favela is a stage for discipline and respect, being a girl or a boy, a dancer or a junkie. It's a moment of dignity, pride, collective choreographic creations .No boy will approach a girl during a ball unless invited. The explicit lyrics of the "baile" contrast with the absence of vulgarity, the beauty of gestures, dance movements.

"Baile" of Glamorosa soundsystem in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, was one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro.

Un des derniers grands bailes funk de favela avant la 'pacification" qui les transforme en dortoir silencieux. Baile du Pistão, "colline" ou "morro" de l'Amor, dans le Complexe du Lins, Zona Norte de Rio de Janeiro.

A moment of seduction. Baile Funk at favela Morro da Gamba, in the Lins complex , Northern area of Rio de Janeiro. DJ Pernalonga's soundsystem.

Baile do Castelo, Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro . This ball of the western area of Rio de Janeiro is well known for its social diversity : from the "playboys" from Barra neighborhood to the slum's inhabitants... In this extended slum, drug trafficking doesn't exist because it is controlled by a paramilitary militia. In a city where social classes are divided and where whole territories are controlled by drug traffickers or militias, the Funk carioca movement, enables for the time of a "baile" to forget differences..

Baile Funk in the favela Arvore Seca, Rio de Janeiro. Arvore Seca's Baile, among the favelas of the Complexo do Lins, is one of the most notorious of Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the fenetic beat of the soundsystem, couples can enjoy a "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk : north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...

Jayson, funkeiro at the baile of Favela Central in São Gonçalo.The Funk carioca movement is fashion and look as well : The boys show off their muscles and naked torsos, adorned with chains and tattoos, accessories which will make the difference during the ball. Girls will look after their bikini marks, which will appear above mini-skirts or micro-shorts. Everything is worth to draw attention! .

A "funkeira" dancing next to the soundsystem, the speakers'wall whose bass shakes bodies and houses of the favela and nearby boroughs. Baile Funk in the favela Morro de São João, Northern area, Rio de Janeiro.

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Dancers' shadows on the speakers. "Os Sedutores", a boys' band from Jacare, a favela in Rio's North area, are performing at the "baile" of the favela Boca do Mato. For those boys' bands, to enter the Funk scene represents an opportunity to get a living and win the esteem of tens of thousands of "funkeiros", to succeed beyond the fatality of drug trafficking or miserable wages.

Roadies assembling a soudsystem for the "Rio Parada Funk" (Rio Funk Parade 2014) inside the Sambodromo.

A young couple in the favela Morro dos Prazeres, in the Santa Teresa borough. aside from the Baile Funk happening in the near ... at least 500 persons have been dancing all night on the top of the hill..

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Morro dos Prazeres, Rio de Janeiro 2007

Funk on the rooftops. Elaine, Cris, Aninha & Dani, of the "Tchutchucas" band, are rehearsing their new choreography on the rooftop of Elaine's house in the Vila Cruzeiro favela, Rio de Janeiro. Their spicy rap responds to the MCs'macho attitude.

Roberta Petraglia, 13 ans, danseuse du "bonde" (groupe) des Desejadas, avant un show dans la favela d'Acari, Zona Norte de Rio de Janeiro.

Bonde do Quebra

Endrew Nobre, aka "Negô". Rehearsal of the show "Na Batalha" on a rooftop of the Complexo do Alemão favelas. Elite dancers of the "Passinho" (little step) the newest dance fiever that came out the Baile Funk culture.

Celly IDD - the most renowned female dancer from “Passinho” funk dance.. Rehearsal of the show "Na Batalha" on a rooftop of the Complexo do Alemão favelas. Elite dancers of the "Passinho" (little step) the newest dance fiever that came out the Baile Funk culture.

Vitor Hugo, Diego, Anderson and Heverton, "Muleks 100 limits" ("boys without limits") are training on the rooftop of Diego's house, on the heights of Mangueira favela . They rehearse almost every day, and perfect their choreographies, hoping to have success on the carioca funk scene and get a better life. Down the hill, the Maracanã stadium.

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Celly and Fabio - passinho & funk dancers.

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Os Hawaianos - famous funk boys-band on rehearsal in City of God favela.

Rio Baile Funk

"Muleks 100 limits" ("boys without limits") are training on a rooftop, in the heights of Mangueira favela . They rehearse almost every day, and perfect their choreographies, hoping to have success on the carioca funk scene and get a better life. Down the hill, the Maracanã stadium.

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Off the Baile Funk of Arvore Seca, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.

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“Baile do Pistão”, Morro do Amor, Complexo do Lins, Zona Norte, Rio de Janeiro.

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The late DJ Pernalonga, favela Boca do Mato, Complexo do Lins, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.

Drunken "funkeiro" dancing with an empty bier bucket on his face ; Baile of the Sítio da Boa, in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro far suburb, but with a strong Funk tradition in this poor town .

"Funkeira" at the Ramos Social Clube, close to the Complexo do Alemão's favelas, Rio de Janeiro 2009. In the heat of the "baile".

Baile Funk at the Boqueirão club in the center of Rio de Janeiro. Aside from the fenetic beat of the soundsystem, couples can enjoy a "Swingue" interval in the middle of the Funk : north-american slows or samba-pagode allow the "funkeiros" a more romantic dance...

Young man dressed up as a "Favela warrior" for the Carnival, Rio de Janeiro 2011 // Jovem fantasiado de "Soldado do Morro" no Carnaval 2011.

Flavia, a Funkdancer, waits for the van which will take her on tour to the bailes funk (Funk balls). Vila Cruzeiro, Rio de Janeiro..

Desmounting the soundsystem "A Coisona" ("The Big Thing") after the Baile Funk on sunday night at Club 18, in the borough of Olaria, by the entry of the Complexo do Alemão's favelas. || Démontage de l'équipe de son "A Coisona" ("La Grande Chose) après le Baile Funk du dimanche soir, au Club 18, dans le quartier d'Olaria, à l'entrée des favelas du Complexo do Alemão..

Shadows of the "Funkeiros" enjoying the Baile Funk with the Chatubão Digital soundsystem & DJ Byano performing at the Fazenda F.C club in São João do Miriti, suburb of Rio de Janeiro, 2011

Plugs & connections of a soudsystem, in Baile Funk of the favela Vidigal, zona sul of Rio de Janeiro

The carioca Funk movement is fashion and look as well : the boys will use their shaved heads as a screen. Here a designed brick wall evokes the favela's architecture. Everything is worth to attract the girls' attention!

6 in the morning, the "baile" is ending in the Cantagalo favela, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. || Fin du Baile, 6h du matin, dans la favela du Cantagalo, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.

Revelhão no morro da Arvore Seca, Complexo do Lins, Rio de Janeiro. // New year's eve 2009 in the Complexo do Lins' favelas, Northern Area of Rio. Far from the beaches and Copacabana, the favelas treat themselves to their own fireworks.

Slideshow in Santa Marta

Projection of the photographic series "Rio Baile Funk" during a "Funk event, in favela Santa Marta, South area of Rio de Janeiro. After years documenting and photographing the bailes funk (funk balls), it seemed only fair to show this work where it actually took place..

Rio Baile Funk

Projection of the photographic series "Rio Baile Funk" during a "Funk event, in favela Santa Marta, South area of Rio de Janeiro. After years documenting and photographing the bailes funk (funk balls), it seemed only fair to show this work where it actually took place..

Rio Baile Funk

“Rio Baile Funk” Slideshow into the baile of the favela of the Morro do São João, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.. After years documenting Baile Funk in the whole city - I started to show it back in the place where the work was done.

Rio Baile Funk

“Rio Baile Funk” Slideshow into the baile of the favela of the Morro do São João, North Zone of Rio de Janeiro.. After years documenting Baile Funk in the whole city - I started to show it back in the place where the work was done.

Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" - work by Vincent Rosenblatt in the district of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro

Rio Baile Funk

Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" - in the district of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro.

Rio Baile Funk

Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" in the favela Margem da Linha, in Campos, Rio de Janeiro state.

Rio Baile Funk

Slideshow "Rio Baile Funk" in the favela Margem da Linha, in Campos, Rio de Janeiro state.

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