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By Oscar Maldonado, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Most would agree that Lapa is the heart of Rio nightlife. Rio Scenarium, Circo Voador, Cine Lapa, Teatro Odisséia and Democráticos are just some of the famous venues and dancehalls the neighborhood has to offer. Five minutes down the road though, in the Centro district, is the Centro Cultural Carioca.

Inside an old two-storey mansion located on Rua do Teatro, the Centro Cultural Carioca features some of the best dance nights in Rio’s downtown. The building was constructed in the early Twentieth Century and its heyday was between . . .

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