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Samba Samba SAMBA!

Dance it, play it, study it – at this exhilarating evening course at Band on the Wall

Published on October 15th 2010.

Samba Samba SAMBA!

Looking for something to liven up your evenings this winter? Then check out this course at Band on the Wall. Over seven Wednesdays, starting mid November, it'll immerse you in the exhilarating, adrenalin-pumping world of traditional Brazilian samba. It's suitable for complete beginners to advanced players and dancers, and it only costs £55 for the entire course (or just £10 for each two hour session).

If you want to get involved in a fascinating art form, meet new people, and have a lot of fun while you're at it, make sure you enrol.

It includes dance, song and full Bateria (percussion). You decide whether you want to focus on dancing or music-making (instruments are provided) – the course culminates in the two groups collaborating on arrangements from the Samba Schools of Sao Paulo and Rio.

For percussionists:
Following an introduction to Samba from Director Eraldo Marques and Choreographer Adriana Rosso, participants will have a snap shot of life in a Brazilian Samba School Bateria. Students will study the relationship between the songs (used in the carnival ‘Enredo’ or theme) and the percussion arrangements, learning how these fit together in a Samba School carnival presentation.

Participants will be presented with several short melodies and will then be asked to vote on the ones they prefer the most. These melodies will be used throughout the course and a new arrangement will be developed using breaks directly adapted from real Brazilian samba schools.

Participants will sing and play simultaneously whilst developing movements and choreography in preparation for the final collaborative rehearsals with the dance group.

For dancers:
Dancers will discover the world of Brazilian Samba taking reference from the many different styles from around Brazil. Students will study different Samba techniques and how these work with different samba styles and traditions. A strong emphasis will be on understanding how changes in tempo, feel and 'breaks' work with Samba steps and short choreography. Dancers will learn how to 'listen' to Brazilian samba and improve their overall understanding of Samba dance.

The course will culminate in combined rehearsals with the percussionists, demonstrating dance and arrangements taken directly from the Samba Schools of Sao Paulo and Rio.

The course is delivered in partnership with Bangdrum Workshops and is part of Band on the Wall's Global Grooves programme. The last Samba course they put on was a big success and this is expected to be equally popular.

If you want to get involved in a fascinating art form, meet new people, and have a lot of fun while you're at it, make sure you enrol.

The Samba Samba SAMBA! course starts on Wednesday 3 November and runs until 15 December, from 7.15pm-9.15pm. Course cost: £55 or £10 per session. Suitable for complete beginners to advanced players and dancers.

To find out more and enrol, click here.

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