Creating Carnival Singapore 2014
Laying the Foundations: Music & Movement
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A rare, weekend of Afro-Brazilian heat and beats!
Workshops held at Vida Academy by renowned artistes and instructors, Leon Patel (UK), Eraldo de Sa Marques (Brazil), Adriana Rosso (Brazil) and Genevieve Estevez-Baker (UK) from Global Grooves. Spaces are limited so book your places early by emailing,

Here's what’s to come during Creating Carnival Singapore:

Afro-Brazilian Dance Workshop
11th of April (Friday) - 6-8pm (some experience needed).

A short masterclass in Pan-Brazilian dance styles. These structured sessions will allow participants to explore the links and common traits between dance traditions from all over Brazil.


Brazilian Batucada Workshop
11th of April (Friday) - 8-10pm: (some drumming experience needed)

 Working with Eraldo Marques and Leon Patel we will explore the fascinating world of Braziliann percussion. Using traditional Brazilian instruments, we will put together new contemporary grooves for the Bateria with breaks. Some instrumental techniques will also be covered.
Please email the instruments you will be playing and let us know if you will be bringing your own or require one for the workshop.

Please note limited instruments are available so book early!

Boom Brazil Party
12th of April (Saturday)- 8pm onwards
Brazilian party-showcasing music and dance.. all invited free event! @ Artistry. Check out the events page for more information!
All About Samba dance
13th of April (Sunday) - 11am-1pm (Some experience needed)
Brazilian Samba Intermediate workshop in dance.

Following an introduction to Samba from the Global Grooves team, participants will have a snap shot of life in a Brazilian Samba School.

Dancers will; discover the world of Brazilian samba taking reference from the many different styles from around Brazil. We will study different Samba techniques and how these work with different samba styles and traditions. A strong emphasis will be on understanding how changes in tempo, feel and Breaks work with Samba steps and short routines. Dancers will learn how to 'listen' to Brazilian samba and improve their overall understanding of Samba dance.

This course is an open level (suitable for all with some experience).

The course will culminate in combined rehearsal with live percussionists .


Workshop Fees:

- 1 Workshop = $45
- 2 Workshops = $80
- 3 Workshops = $110

Contact for more information.
What is Global Grooves?

A UK registered charity with over a decade of short courses, master class weekends, one-to-one tuition, international study and research trips, community development and performance events behind them, Global Grooves raise a fist in the air to the sharing of the richest, most diverse music and dance styles from around the globe.

Whether you want to study the depths of folkloric drumming, dance, or song from far off lands and cultures, or simply want to get your feet tapping to captivating concert sounds, the collective has a global groove for you.

About the Global Grooves team

Leon Patel - Global Grooves Artistic Director
Leon Patel is at the helm of Global Grooves, having committed over a decade to sharing his passion and knowledge of percussion and song from around the world – including Brazilian, South Asian, West African, Cuban, and Western musical styles.

Adriana Rosso Tavares - Global Grooves Lead Choreographer
Adriana has studied and danced with Meninos do Morumbi and Gaviões Da Fiel Samba School in São Paulo where she was twice Princesa da Bateria in 1997/98. She soon became a lead dancer and teacher at Meninos do Morumbi and in 2005 she came to the UK to work with Global Grooves and deliver large-scale cultural dance projects across Europe.

Eraldo De Sa Marques – Global Grooves Musical Director
Eraldo joined Global Grooves in 2004 following a series of collaborative workshops delivered by Meninos do Morumbi. He’s now their artistic manager, percussion tutor, and international liaison. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Eraldo brings a cheery, grounded energy to their often hectic and exciting schedule of events.

Eraldo’s childhood beginnings within the percussion scene (with Meninos do Morumbi – São Paulo, Brazil) have provided him with a real love and understanding of the power of youth participation in the arts.

Genevieve Estevez-Baker – Global Grooves Dance Specialist

Genevieve has been involved in Afro-Brazilian dance since the age of 13, where she studied at Meninos Do Morumbi Oldham, the UK’s only sister project to the internationally renowned social project in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She furthered her training by travelling to Brazil for her year 10 work experience at the age of 15 funded by British Airways Communities and Conservation for excellence in Dance. There she studied with Meninos Do Morumbi, in São Paulo. This opportunity advanced her understanding of not only dance, but also percussion, song and carnival culture.
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