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Acadêmicos da Ópera the Austin Samba School was created and is led by Robert Patterson, a.k.a. Tio Jacaré. A perennial Brazilian music student, Jacaré has spent countless hours studying and playing with many Brazilian musicians, and travels yearly to Brazil in order to stay on top of all things samba (you can read archives from his travel blog here). He and members of Austin Samba also make a yearly pilgrimage to the annual California Brazil Camp.
Imani Aanu is Austin Samba School's dance director. She has a background in West African dance and joined Austin Samba School to bring in the dance influences from Bahia State in Brazil.
Currently, the samba school has anywhere from 40-50 drummers and 60-80 dancers that perform in their largest show of the year, Carnaval Brasiliero. They are open to the community, offering classes and beginner lessons every year. The also partner with the Las Monas performance company from San Antonio for Dia de los Muertos celebrations, Fiesta Flambeau, and more. If you are interested in booking the samba school for your event, contact us using the information below.
Austin Samba School Brings Brazil to Texas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TnHiC0Wv3A
Austin Samba School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eTKscUm8mI
Mini Documentary on Austin Samba School development of their 2016 show: https://youtu.be/04x4n_3G3-U
Check out Imani and her dancers from this year's show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KsvA1P4uc8
If you wanna hear samba with a Texas flare check out this video: https://youtu.be/dUBK4wly1rY
Main sources for material, drum teachers and breaks:
Mestre Marcão, Salgueiro
Breaks: Mestre Nilo from Portela
Ana Laidley Samba N'Motion
Pedro Rosa -Maracatu Paris
Dandha da Hora
Bloco Chupa Mas Não Baba-
Bamba do Catete , Amigos do Catete
Badalo de Santa Teresa
Guides to blocos: http://www.guiadaboa.com.br/4-eventos/listings.html
Batucalacatuca- Dudu Fuentes group
Estácio de Sá Samba-School
Botofogo Neighborhood with São Clemente Escola de samba
In Madureira check out these escolas:
Mangueira Samba School. Visit their Quadra on a Saturday night.
Escadaria Selarón, Selarón steps
Lapa Neighborhood. Bands like Bangalafumenga and Monobloco helped revitalize this area
Ristorante Bianchi, Santa Teresa
Bar Amarelinho, http://osmdigital.wix.com/amarelinho#!menu/ckwa , Yes, it's very yellow! Try the chicken.
SAARA shopping district and Camelódromo - outdoor market
Harlequin book and record store
Teatro Rival @Cinelandia
São José dos Campos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A3o_Jos%C3%A9_dos_Campos-
Definitely visit Salvador da Bahia in the northeast. Check out the historic center, the Pelourinho and be on the lookout for rehearsals and performances in the streets, such as an Olodum rehearsal.