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Brazilians - Naturally - Win World Lambada Contest

April 30, 1990

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) _ A Brazilian couple gyrated to first place in what was billed as the first world lambada championship, which drew devotees of the steamy Brazilian dance from 18 countries.

George de Souza Kellabi and Rosy Silva, professional dancers living in Italy, beat out 60 other pairs at the Florence sports arena Saturday night.

A Soviet couple, Uali Evgamukov and his wife Natasha, finished second. They said they learned the sensual dance from the video of the Brazilian band and dance troupe Kaoma.

″A year ago it would have been impossible to come to Italy for a lambada contest,″ the 29-year-old Evgamukov said, ″but now we have a more understanding culture minister.″

Third place went to the Italian pair of Raffaele Marinari and Beatrice Giovannelli.