London School of Samba Dance Teachers

London School of Samba Passitas dancers posing - learn to dance samba with our Samba Dance Teachers in London

Learn to dance samba with our fantastic Samba Dance Teachers in London

If you are interested in samba dance classes in London, then you are in luck.  At the London School of Samba, we have some of the best samba dance teachers in London.  Our Sunday Rio samba dance classes are brilliant for beginners wanting to learn how to dance samba!

We offer beginners samba dance classes in London

Our Samba dance teachers are brilliant at Level 1 or beginners samba dance classes in London. They are perfect for anybody new to samba dance in London.  You will learn the basic movements and steps, and our samba dance teachers are on hand to show you how it is done.

This class from the London School of Samba is about having fun and getting out of your comfort zone. We have fantastic customer reviews from people who have attended the class.  Click on this link to Book your place on the next available beginner’s samba dance class.

Intermediate level samba dance classes in London

If you love dancing samba and want to take it to the next level, then our level 2 intermediate samba dance class in London is fantastic! The class will focus on improving your technique, skill and stamina.  Our samba dance teachers will help you to improve your hip movement and foot technique.

The fantastic samba dance teachers will show you how to parade and how to perform on a stage.   If you are looking to improve, then this class is perfect for you. Click here to > Book your place on the next available samba dance class.

London School of Samba Performance Group

The London School of Samba has an amazing number of very talented samba dance teachers at the school.  We have an invite-only samba dance performance group that is run by our samba dance teachers in Waterloo. The performance group participates in live shows and carnivals across the UK and Europe. Our samba dance teachers have created a close-knit community we have an emphasis on supporting each other as we develop our dance performances.

As you can see our samba dance teachers are a lot of fun, but they will work you hard!  If you are looking to start samba dancing classes or improve your samba dance styling, then our samba dance teachers will be a perfect fit for you.

Orquidea Lima

Orquidea is a professional dancer and has been one of the London School of Samba dance teachers since 2013. She is currently the Musa of the London School of Samba and was Rainha da Bateria in 2010. Orquidea has performed internationally, parading in the Rio Carnival with our Madrinha samba school G.R.E.S. Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel, at the 2011 Chinese New Year Celebrations in Hong Kong, and for the Qatari Royal Family in Qatar 2013.

She has performed many times at Europe’s biggest samba festive, the Coburg International Samba Festival held annually in Coburg, Germany.  Orquidea won the prestigious PITU Rainha da Bateria competition at the largest samba festival outside of Brazil in 2013.

She performed at the London 2012 Olympics and has paraded with the London School of Samba numerous times at Notting Hill Carnival, as well as choreographing the London School of Samba Passista Ala in 2013. She has experience in several other types of Latin dance and has trained in Jazz and Contemporary Dance as part of a Performing Arts course.

Gladys Cavalcante

Gladys Cavalcante is a performer and choreographer from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, specialising in Brazilian Ballroom and Latin Dance. She began her training in 1993 in Brazilian Ballroom Dance, and has since travelled worldwide, reached the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2010 and shared the prize for the Best Latin Dance Performers (with Douglas Gomes, one of her dance partners) at the Latin UK Awards (LUKAS) in 2011.

Gladys trained at the Jaime Arôxa Dance School, the most traditional Brazilian Ballroom Dance School. She is specialized in Brazilian dance styles such as Samba no Pe, Samba de Gafieira, Forro, Bolero, Lambazouk, Brazilian Zouk and Salsa.  Gladys is known for being one of the best and fun samba dance teachers in London.

Marta Ribeiro Scott

Marta is a professional dancer and performer from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. She has paraded in the Rio Carnival as a passista with both Salgueiro and Tradicao Samba Schools, and has performed in Europe, the Middle-East and the USA (including Las Vegas and on Broadway, New York). As a qualified dance instructor, she has been teaching Samba, Latin and Jazz Dances in the UK for 13 years.

She is the lead choreographer for the Brighton School of Samba, and has performed with and choreographed Alas for the London School of Samba’s parades at Notting Hill Carnival a number of times. Marta also runs her own dance company (Marta Scott Dance Company) which has received many awards.  Many of our people attending our samba dance classes say Marta is one of the best samba dance teachers in London.

Rosaria Gracia PhD

Rosaria has been dancing, teaching and choreographing static and parade pieces in the UK since 1999. She has extensively performed in the UK and in International Festivals in Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Brazil and Cuba. She has had extensive training throughout the years in Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Flamenco and generic Hindu dance and Bollywood.  Her classes are very popular and she is known as one of the best samba dance teachers here in London.

  • Rosaria was Rainha de Bateria of the London School of Samba in 2001
  • She was the choreographer of the Comissao de Frente of Paraiso School of Samba (2005 – 08)
  • Choreographer of the finale site and performer of Burning of the Clocks (Same Sky) (since 2008)
  • Choreographer of the Kemptown Carnival parade (since 2011).

She is currently the lead choreographer for Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul, an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, Northbrook College and City College Brighton and Hove, and has taught at festivals and events such as WOMAD (Spain and UK), Sambeando (Spain) and Big Dance 2010 (South East Dance). Rosaria is a certified Gyrotonics Instructor, Zumba Instructor and Bokwa Instructor.

Eliete (Lia) Araujo dos Santos

Eliete started dancing at the age of four. With a background in classical ballet, tap, jazz, and belly dancing, Eliete has performed in many countries around the globe. She is one of the most innovative samba dance teachers and created her own style of class called Samba Aerobics.  This class is a mix of Latin rhythms choreographed into a high energy dance experience. She has also performed in numerous TV programmes and video clips. Please wear heels for Eliete’s level 2 intermediate samba dance classes in London.

Chris do Funk

If you want an impassioned and authentic glimpse into the backstreets of Rio and the euphoria of carnival then just talk to Chris Bicourt, aka “Chris do Funk”. A specialist in samba culture and history, Chris’s unique background (which includes 9 years of Capoeira, and 4 years leading tour groups around Brazil) has seen him work as a ‘samba expert’ for companies such as Nucleus Films and Red Bull, including being a commentator on the first-ever live English broadcast of the Rio Carnival.

With over 12 years as one of the few professional male samba dancers in the UK, he has performed at various high profile gigs including for the Royal Family of Qatar, and on the BBC, ITV and Channel 5. Chris has been heavily involved with the London School of Samba since 2004 and has proposed and helped develop several carnival themes.

He’s also been a trustee, director of Harmonia, head of the comms committee, a member of the design review panel for carnival and artistic director (‘carnavalesco’) in 2010. He brings an element of theatre and improvisation to his classes which will transport you away from the grey London days and help you develop your own style and personality, as well as confidence, in samba dance.

Ella Mesma

Contemporary, B-Girl, dancing Salsa and Samba since 2000, her dream is to put real high-level Latin Dance in the Theatre. She is one of the great samba dance teachers here in London and has a wealth of experience in performing with various companies and shows.

Her performance experiences include Russell Maliphant Company, Guarini Dance Company, Southpaw Company, Olympics Opening Ceremony, Breakin’ Convention, Adidas, Wendy Houston’s ‘Stupid Women’ & Austin Shaw Productions. Ella was selected as Passista for Rio Carnival (Algeria Da Zona Sul) in 2006 & was Rainha da Bateria for the London School of Samba in 2008.

She established Element Arts in 2007 and Ella Mesma Company in 2011. She also produces Roots of Rumba an annual Festival at Richmix, London. Recent work ‘Ladylike’ was created in November 2015 with the support of the Arts Council and Yorkshire Dance and Casa Festival International. In 2016 Ella Mesma was a Bench fellow (Tamsin Fitzgerald-2Faced Dance Company) and is an Associate Choreographer at Dance City in Newcastle. Other works include Ajé, created in 2014, Ecdysis 2012 and Evol 2011.

Samara Reis

A former London School of Samba Rainha da Bateria, Samara Reis has danced with many companies. She has a classical approach to samba with a focus on elegance and good posture. Her 15-year career as a samba dancer has included highlights such as performing with Will Smith on the Ant and Dec Show, NME Awards 2009, Brit Awards 2011 and appearances in many advertisements and television shows.  She is one of the best samba dance teachers and was the winner of the Best Brazilian Dance Teacher Award at the 2015 Lukas Awards.

Mariana Pinho

Mariana is an expert in Maracatu, Orixas movement, Coco, Sambas (reggae, de roda, partido alto, and batucada) and used to dance with London group Verde Vai. Highly trained in Brazil, Mariana has performed internationally in Germany, Greece, France and Algeria. In Brazil, she has worked as a costume/float designer and performed as a float highlight with GRES Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel and performed with Caprichosos de Pilares and Porto da Pedra. In the UK she has worked for the BBC, Young Vic, Cardboard Citizens and performed at Glastonbury, WOMAD, Tribe of Doris amongst many.

As one of the very best samba dance teachers, her classes are brilliant fun! She is a choreographer, co-ordinator, performer, and she also collaborated with Brazilian inspired groups in the UK such as Norwich Samba, Sol Samba, Eri Okan, Ilu Axe, Sambuka and became part of the London School of Samba family in 2004. She also runs cultural tourism interchange projects, international production of Brazilian artists and has her own award-winning company, Gandaia Arts, which regularly runs carnival sector projects, including the company resident group Maracatudo Mafua’s project – Yamuna Yemanja, proposing a cultural dialogue between India and Brazil via kathak and maracatu.

Douglas Gomes Campos

Douglas Gomes is known as one of the best and is a highly rated samba dance teacher. He is a choreographer from Uberlandia Minas Gerais and was trained as a dancer at Bailar Escola de Danca de Salao in Brazil where he also started teaching and performing professionally in 2004. In London since 2005, he initially danced for Yes! Brazil, a famous Brazilian entertainment dance group that has travelled to Europe, Asia and Africa promoting the Brazilian culture.

Douglas has been teaching classes with the London School of Samba since 2006 and also works with a variety of other styles such as Samba de Gafieira, Forro’, Lambada, Bolero, Line Dance, Salsa and Tango.

Mariana Whitehouse

Rainha de Bateria of the London School of Samba when she was 17, Mariana has performed with many of the leading Samba Schools in the UK and Europe. Trained in physical theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts, Mariana is a carnival arts practitioner with a particular interest in costume interpretation and street theatre. She has also choreographed for the London School of Samba’s performance groups.

Leandro Beleza

Founder and Artistic Director of Beleza Brighton Samba Social Enterprise, Brazilian Samba dance instructor and Choreographer. Leandro has taught Samba, Axe’, Samba no Pe’ and Forro’ as well as choreographing for festivals and government-run programmes in his native southern Brazil. The first lead Passista instructor at Brighton School of Samba, choreographer for Blue Touch Paper Carnival “Embaixadores da Alegria” at Arts Parade 2012, Leandro has also been on the judging panel at the 2012 Ryde Arts Parade – Isle of Wight.

He has been involved and worked with London School of Samba in various roles; as a Passista in 2012, as lead choreographer of “Ala Indio” in 2013, Coburg Samba Festival (Germany) 2015 dance lead and currently due to lead ala India in 2016. Notably, he was also a “Samba de Gafieira” dancer for the Rio Flag Handover Ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Claudia Da Silva

Claudia is a performer and choreographer of Afro-Brazilian dance based in London. She moved from Portugal to Bristol in the UK in 2003, where she has been instrumental in creating a thriving Afro-Brazilian dance scene, teaching classes throughout the south-west, promoting regular workshops with international guest teachers, as well as leading her own performance company “Samba Sereia”. For 6 years she was the dance Director for Bristol School of Samba and a dance teacher at the Bristol Dance Centre.

Claudia’s work focuses mainly on Samba Reggae, Samba de Roda, Samba No Pe (Rio style) and her own contemporary fusion called Afro-Samba. Her unique style blended with her own original choreographies always brings a challenging and unique class. Her relaxed and patient approach ensures that the students receive the confidence and encouragement to progress while enjoying the classes in a friendly environment.

Rosangela Soledade

Rosângela has been working in the dance/movement field for her entire adult life.  She was born and raised in Olinda, Brazil. At university, she studied Scenic Arts and trained as a  performing arts teacher. As a dancer she worked for Bale Popular do Recife and Maracatu Nação Pernambuco-traditional dance and music group from northeast of Brazil. She also worked  in various theatre productions. In 1992 she came to the UK,  initially for temporary work as a dance teacher, however, she ended up settling down here and continued to work as a professional dancer and choreographer.

She founded her own dance company, took part in different groups productions as a guest dancer and leaded dance workshops for adults and children in Europe and UK including LSS. Following a back injury, she began attending Pilates classes which she found to be vital to her recovery. This inspired her to train and become a Pilates teacher. Her passion for movement has led her further to become also a Group Exercise Instructor, Gyrokinesis and Yoga Therapy Teacher. After a long break, we welcome her back to the London School of Samba leading ala Greece in 2016.

Irineu Nogueira

Irineu Nogueira is a Brazilian artist living in Munich via London. He has been exploring paths to express his art of movement through experiences in dance, theatre, cinema, fashion and performance. Back in Brazil, Irineu developed a respectful reputation in Samba and Afro-Brazilian dances which resulted in his own dance method named Abieié and in several masterclasses worldwide, which audience has included many celebrities and heads of state.

Irineu is Vai-Vai Samba School former choreographer and as an actor, he was directed by José Possi Neto, Iacov Hillel, Cao Hamburguer and Fernando Meirelles. He worked as a movement coach for Brazilian singers such as Fabiana Cozza, Mariana Aydar, Iara Rennó; used to dance with Luciana Mello and Luiza Possi; was a producer and choreographer for Fat Family and Dominó groups; and is a former member of the lambada group Banana Split.

Michela Di Felice (Baile Funk)

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, Hollywood). 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.

Other Guest Dance Teachers at London School of Samba

At the London School of Samba we are very lucky to have some amazing guest dance teachers pop in to teach samba dance in London.  Here is short list of some amazing dance teachers in London.

  • Paula de Hollanda
  • Monika Molnar
  • Kamilah Turner

Contact the London School of Samba

If you’d like to come and teach for the London School of Samba please email CV with videos of you teaching and performing to [email protected]
Please note we schedule workshops at least 3 months ahead.