As opposed to a show, the "Samba Party" is more of a communal gathering, where Brazilian music enthusiasts share their love of samba drumming, dance, and culture — a kind of NYC take on the mega samba school rehearsals that precede Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. This Springtime edition of the event will feature an official dance contest to select the 2017 "Queen of the Drums” — A Rainha da Bateria — who will march in front of Samba New York's Drum Section at this year's Dance Parade on May 20th and Village Halloween Parade on October 31st. If you are a female samba dancer, 21 years old or over and are interested in participating in the contest you are invited to register by emailing your full name, phone number, and a photo in samba costume to [email protected]. Space in the contest is limited. The event will also include a samba lesson with Brazilian dance master Danielle Lima and a live set by the Samba New York! drummers, under the leadership of Dr. Samba, featuring guest singer, Ana Fernandez. For further details, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/144336802759802/
Founded and directed by percussionist/ethnomusicologistPhilip Galinsky (a.k.a. Dr. Samba), Samba New York! is a world-renowned samba performance company dedicated to entertaining, educating, and uplifting people of all backgrounds with the exhilarating music and dance of Brazil. Having grown up immersed in Rio’s samba world, Danielle Lima is one of NYC’s foremost Brazilian dancers, teachers, and choreographers and founder of the Brasileirando Dance Group. Ana Fernandez is one of NYC’s leading samba singers.