Where (and How) to Go Dancing with the Stars
Lance Bass: Samba in Rio
Celebrity Tip: When doing the samba, says Lance Bass (of iconic boy band ‘N Sync and DWTS season seven), “practice near a puddle. Step up and over it before going down into the knee on the other side (for proper bounce action).”
Where to Go: Brazil, of course—the samba dance-offs of Carnaval (a countrywide, four-day, pre-Lent celebration) are the equivalent of the Super Bowl in the U.S. The Copacabana Palace hotel is home—during Carnaval—to daily samba classes and a Carnaval Package that includes parade tickets and costumes (rates start at $6,900 for five nights). The hotel also organizes samba school visits year-round; or you can simply sign up yourself at Carlinhos de Jesus dance school, which offers samba classes for all levels.