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Friday 10th July
City of London Festival
Carnival Procession with UDMSamba and….

….would you like to see your School’s name here? Read on!

UDMSamba (União da Mocidade) are a well established London wide samba project for 11-19 year olds. We train young people in Rio-style samba drumming and dance and carnival culture alongside development of transferable skills and social responsibility. Celebrating our tenth year in 2014, we have performed in many high profile events including Thames Festival, Fruitstock, Ealing Jazz Festival and Carnaval del Pueblo.

This summer we can offer a great opportunity for young dancers to participate in this fantastic, high profile, event held in the beautiful streets of London’s square mile and finishing with a photo opportunity against the stunning backdrop of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Our section represents Brazilian carnival and will consist of 30 drummers and 2 dance sections all in full Rio-style carnival costume.

Photo by Luigi Petro
Photo by Luigi Petro

To prepare you for the event we can provide a 1 day workshop in school for up to 30 students where 2 specialist teachers will train your group to performance level. The day will consist of: 

  • an introductory talk to put carnival dance into context
  • warm ups and learning of basic ‘samba no pe’ step (the fast and furious characteristic samba step) and ‘passos mercados’ (parading steps)
  • choreography and forward momentum/parading technique
  • costume fitting 

 We can work to any level of ability but to get the most out of this project we would recommend year 9 and above, and/or those with some dance background or working towards a dance qualification who have the proprioception skills to aid with dancing in a moving procession. We have places for 15 performers in the parade. 

On performance day you will need to organise transport and staffing and our dance teachers will meet you at the event. We will provide full information on meeting point and arrangements. It will be a full day out of school from 8.30am to 4pm

We are able to offer this complete 2 day package for only £600 

Act soon to ensure your place! 

You can email us at or for more information on
União da Mocidade please take a look at our website:


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