2 hour show for $38.50. A variety of Brazilian traditional dances, such as samba and rhumba. Yes there are dancing girls with tall things on their heads. BUT they also have guys that do some sort of acrobatics. It's pretty neat. Apparently you can reserve a dinner there too, but I didn't do that.
We wanted to see a samba show in Rio, and booked through our hotel a show at Plataforma in Leblon. I was told that the Plataforma show is a big tourist event, but still I enjoyed the 2-hour show. It gave a good overview of Brazilian music, dance, and folklore - African percussion, Samba, Capoeira, and the grand finale with magnificent carnival costumes. We were really entertained… Only bad thing was the price of the drinks... They were rather expensive…
An alternative to a touristy samba show could be a visit to a samba school in Rio, but this is still on my wish list...
This is a touristy but spectacular show of folcloric dance and costumes of Brazil. It includes samba dancing, capoeira show (olympic gymnasts pale in comparison) and exquisite feather dresses. Cover is about $40 per person. You will have an opportunity of having your picture taken with one of the gorgeous barely-dressed dancers.
Last Christmas was my first time going to this show and it was absolutely awesome! If you decide to go you can book this through your hotel. A bus comes and picks you up at around 9 and afterwards drives you back to your hotel (or wherever you're staying) Ths show dipicts the 500 year history of Brazil with wild Samba dances, macumba, acrobatic acts, and so on... The costums are amazing and the music just made me want to get out there and dance! I highly recomend that you check this place out.
If you can´t make it to Rio for carnival (which unfortunately for me was the case) you can go to the Ultra-touristy yet entertaining Platforma show. It costs 100 Reales and gives you a taste of samba dancing and the whole visual spectical that I imagine Carnival is.