Samba Dance 2021
Learn Carnival Samba at Oti Mabuse Dance Studio
Learn Rio Carnival stye dance with
Michela di Felice and the UDMSamba team.
10 Free classes ending in a performance at Oti Mabuse Dance Studio in Hanger Lane with our live drummers. There will be opportunities to continue as a dancer with UDM Samba from this summer. Browse the site to learn more about UDM and our shows and carnivals!
Classes are suitable for year 10 right up to University level with experience of dance, performing arts or drama.
The classes will be tailored to the chosen participants (15 max), developing on your strengths as a team.
Our experienced teacher Michela will teach a range of tools to start you on your journey into the beautiful world of Rio Samba. This will include the traditional samba no pe step (see below), some steps for carnival parades and also some more contempory movement which is used to tell the story of the music. Samba is all about story telling and emotion as well glamour and the oure joy and fabulousness of dancing!
Submission Deadline Midnight on Fri 7th May
When and Where
Start date 16th May, end date 18 July (tbc)
Show will be weekend of 3/4 July (tbc)
Samba no Pe
Samba no Pe is the basic samba step which produces the fast hip movemnets of carnival samba, this is totally different to the Latin ballroom samba you would see in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ or in International Latin competitions.
It is a solo or group dance, not a couple dance, although of course there is lots of interaction, just no dancing ‘in hold’. It is a combination of choregraphed and improvised steps within the Rio-samba style.
It’s pretty difficult to describe, better to just watch, so check out the videos provided! The 1st shows the Passistas who are the elite dancers in a samba school dancing the fast samba no pe style, followed by some more theatrical Afro style dance and then finishing with more samba no pe.
The next shows the Commisao da Frente or ‘front commision’ they are a very theatrical dance section, who open the carnival parade by telling the story of the song.
The 3rd shows a bit more context with other sections of the samba school.
Don’t worry, all we be explained when you come to class and will be at a leve and style to suit you! We may even squeeze in some funk moves!
Michela di Felice
Michela is a professional artist from Italy with more than 10 years of experience in the scene. She is known for her wide versatility in many styles (jazz, contemporary, street dances, dancehall, commercial, salsa, samba, afro styles, bollywood)
Her training started in Italy, then Paris and Bruxelles influenced by Europe’s top choreographers; she also studied in NY, L.A. and finally London where she joined one of the most influential street dance companies in the UK, Boy Blue Entertainment. She stepped into the UK samba scene where she trained and gained a lot of experience working in London and abroad, she also trained with Brazil’s finest teachers and experienced training BAILE FUNK in Rio’s favela. She also developed her own style fusion of samba and house which she teaches regularly.
Her work experiences vary from music videos, live shows, TV, movies, theatre productions, modelling and corporate events as a dancer, assistant choreographer and choreographer.
Some Credits: MOBO AWARDS Fuse ODG, Tinie Tempah, Deborah Cox, BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, MTV’s Plain Jane, Channel 4 Comedy Gala Show, Jaxx Jones “SNACKS” Tour, MTV “Plain Jane”, “Doctor Strange 2”
She started to teach early in her career and her vast teaching experience reflects the vibe of her classes: fun, knowledge and quality.
Recently she has been working closely to communities, as she believes this is where her heart and purpose with dance lies – to help, empower and educate people, while giving them a great time.