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By Joshua Rapp Learn, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - It had only cost one Real and a short security check to get us into the massive, open air structure officially called the Centro Luiz Gonzaga de Tradições Nordestinas. It only took a few minutes before our direction gravitated towards the massive sounds of one of the two stages hosting live concerts at either end of the oval fair. As the sea of paired dancers washed around us in close embrace, it took me a moment to recall I was in Rio de Janeiro and not back in a Bahian . . .

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