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Plan your Spring 2021

We are opening registration for our new Dance Mobility class.

The first term was a success, so we decided to extend this class for another 8 weeks to see more improvements for current students and to invite new participants to try the class and to stay motivated and inspired to move.

It’s time to groove, stretch, balance yourself and to get to know new people and take those classes home for self-practice. Come learn and dance and move with us.

E-mail or message to register:

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Small Business BC awards

This is very exciting to be nominated for both awards, Best Community Impact and Best Immigrant Entrepreneur. If you feel like we have contributed to your life by introducing you to samba or giving you space and community to dance your favourite dance then please vote for us!

If you know Yulia’s journey and think she can set some example for future immigrants and can encourage and motivate all future entrepreneurs, please vote for us!

It takes 2 minutes, but it means a world for us (please verify the vote via e-mail). VOTE HERE.

Thank you

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DANCE MOBILITY CLASS is now a part of curriculum for Vancouver Samba School!

This class is designed for dancers of all styles, those who don’t like pure stretching in silence or holding positions for way too long and those who enjoy the flow and groove and going with the beat. This class will connect you more with your body and will improve your flexibility, control, alignment and knowledge! Read more here.

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Private Classes registration is opened now

Now that we have successfully completed 3 months session of Samba L2 and all the videos have been recorded, we are happy to work on your dancing needs and requests on demand now (even if it’s not samba dance) and to improve your technique or just to have a fun class in person!

Reach out and book your private session with Yulia here.

1 hour in-person classes are available in studio, at your location or online.

Let’s dance!

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Vancouver Samba Birds team is always training, learning and improving to offer the best Samba experience for your event. Whether it’s a Birthday celebration, Christmas or any corporate event, we can personalize the performance, choose the best costumes to stand out and follow your theme, and also customize the show itself.

Email or connect on Instagram and Facebook for more information.


Fall in Love With Samba

We are very happy to announce that our new IN-STUDIO Fall session will begin on September 14, 2020. No more waiting.

With all the precautions and measures taken by The Dance Centre (thank you!) and every teacher and student, we are excited to come back to dance in person.

Samba Level 2 registration is opened now. Remember, in order to distance in class, registration for 12 classes is required as space is limited. Don’t miss your enrollment and don’t wait till 2021. Seize the opportunity and let’s dance! Let’s learn, enjoy our new upgraded Samba and expand our knowledge. The time is now!

E-transfer: 210 CAD
PayPal: 220 CAD
Register here or in person.

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August Samba Class with Gabriel Castro

Vancouver Samba School is happy to announce our 3d Summer workshop with selected instructors, directors, choreographers and passistas from Brazil.

August 8, 11 AM Vancouver time – Intermediate Level Samba with Gabriel Castro.

Gabriel Castro, Estandarte de Ouro, historiador, comentarista, coreógrafo e diretor mais novo a assumir alas de passistas na história da Sapucaí, aos 17 anos no Império da Tijuca – 2007. O jovem além de ser neto de mestre Telinho da Mangueira e afilhado de batismo de João Nogueira, acumula hoje quase 40 premiações em apenas 14 anos de atividade. Seu trabalho junto a passistas consiste em resgatar a dança do samba tradicional masculina e feminina, porém sem deixar de se preocupar com a contemporaneidade criativa que o espetáculo pede. Atual Diretor de passistas do GRESE Império da Tijuca e GRES Unidos de Vila Isabel.

Técnico, professor e coreógrafo do Brasil Samba Congress e Comissão de Frente do GRES Imperadores Rubro-negros. Em 04 anos coreografando comissões conquistou notas máximas no quesito. Permeia seu trabalho artístico entre dirigir e coreografar passistas e bailarinos, além disso é hoje um dos professores de samba mais respeitados e requisitados do Brasil e do mundo, preparador de musas, rainhas de bateria, rainhas do carnaval do Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo e Florianópolis.

Idealizador do projeto “Eu Sambo Assim” que difunde a cultura, história e dança do samba para crianças, jovens e adultos em situação de vulnerabilidade social no Rio e idealizador do workshop “Eu Sambo Assim – International” para o público internacional, hoje é um dos maiores eventos da dança do samba no Brasil.


Summer Samba Class (L2) – Special Edition

New class, new studio, new moves and people in class. We have decided to release this class for public to let you enjoy this intense Samba hour as much as we enjoyed it here in Vancouver. You will love the real class atmosphere & vibe and will feel included into the process of creation, dancing, improvisation and learning new interesting steps, sequences & Samba transitions.

Class is available here


Free Samba Classes in Vancouver

Every summer we hold Free Samba Classes. Once a month we open our fun practices for anyone who wants to try dancing Samba outside. This year we will encourage participants to know the basics of Samba or to come for a challenge. It won’t be a beginner lesson, but anyone can join.

If you see us dancing Samba No Pe, don’t be shy to jump in or come say hi.
If you take pictures or videos, tag #VancouverSambaSchool

Where: Kitsilano Showboat stage
When: Tuesday, July 21, 7 – 8.30 pm


Member Spotlight, July 2020

One of the questions asked by The Dance Centre for the Member Spotlight .

How have you adapted during the pandemic and how has this impacted on how you engage with your work now? 

Almost immediately I have switched to teaching online, live streaming beginner classes and preparing pre-recorded classes and virtual team training. It was a challenge to learn a new teaching skill when talking to the computer and dancing on my own in the living room, projecting my energy to imaginary students and making sure I communicate daily with the team. However, having online lessons now is a dream that came true. Also, this was a very productive time to train with the best Samba teachers from Brazil. Currently, …. READ MORE HERE

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Summer Samba Series

Ready to meet Summer 2020 with a lot of Samba classes, mood and vibes?
We are releasing a new series of pre-recorded Samba Level 2 classes available for purchase, as well as new Zoom Live sessions opened for anyone with #Samba experience to join.

Have you always wanted to polish your Samba skills? Have you wanted to take time for yourself and dance like nobody is watching? Have you always wanted to take Samba class on your own pace? Or may be you just really wanted to challenge yourself with 70 min Samba cardio… wanted to join the team for future performances, wanted to enjoy dancing with a group of positive and wonderful women? Whichever “why are you dancing” is yours, feel free to purchase our drop-in classes or full 7 weeks session or request a private class!

Classes are available here.


Maracatu Workshop with Marcela Rabelo from Recife, Brazil on June 6, 2020

We are grateful to announce our 1st Online Class from the series of Summer Samba workshops with guest teachers, artists, advocates of Afro-Brazilian culture, talented dancers and educators from Brazil.

This Saturday, June 6, 11 am we will be hosting a 1,5 hours MARACATU class with Marcela Rabelo straight from Recife, Brazil.

Born in Recife – Pernambuco, Brazil, Marcela has been a dancer, performer and researcher of the popular and traditional dances of Pernambuco and from Northeast of Brazil for several years. Nowadays she is a member of the iconic Maracatu Nação Pernambuco and Cia Artefolia.

Marcela has collaborated with many dance groups, and companies in the Pernambuco art scene, such as Balé Brasílica (Balé Popular do Recife), Criart Cia. de Dança, Balé Cultural de Pernambuco, Batá Kossô, Bantu Afro Brasileiro, Compassos Cia. de Dança and Grupo Experimental (Contemporary Dance). She has also participated in several art shows and festivals, and has been an instructor of rhythms Pernambucanos like Maracatu, Frevo, Caboclinhos, Coco de roda, Ciranda and Xaxado, not only in Recife and across Brazil, but also in countries such as Argentina, Cuba, France, England, Germany and United States.

As a researcher, she dedicates herself to the study of the popular dances of her state and the intertwining with different areas. She is a designer, Specialist in Dance, Body Practice and Thoughts on the Body (Angel Vianna College – RJ) and Master in the Postgraduate Program in Anthropology (Federal University of Pernambuco), focused on dance research in the field of popular culture.

Watch for video updates with the class highlights here.


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Online Vs In-Studio Samba Classes

While Phase 2 is in progress and dance and fitness studios are getting ready to reopen (following the guidelines and abiding by the recommendations and precautions) we are asking our students, followers and anyone interested to leave your feedback and communicate your position on going back to classes in studio training.

Our main facility where we teach 2 hours a week, The Dance Center, released its re-opening plan (read here). This information will be updated on a semi-weekly or even a weekly bases.

We encourage you to stay connected and to express your desire to come back to regular classes or stay online. Also, we appreciate your support in the past 2 months and your dedication to training by taking online classes, to Samba & to yourself (“why” you started to dance Samba).

Contact us via IG @vancouversambaschool or Facebook

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Share your YouTube love with us…

As we are releasing new Online classes available for purchase and training starting April 13, we would like to make a call for those who is taking the class to learn the choreo and film yourself dancing.

We will upload all your videos to our YouTube Channel in order to share love to Samba and to make everyone see you, our precious, beautiful and talented students!

Enjoy your classes and if you have not registered yet, check this link.