CASA SAMBA Leader in Brasilian Entertainment
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Who is Casa Samba
The acronym C.A.S.A. means Cosmopolitan Amigo Samba Association all
about Brasilian culture.
Casa Samba was founded in 1987 by Curtis Pierre, Bill Lennon, Chuk and Carolyn
Barber. On July 21, 1993, Mayor Sidney Bartholomew proclaimed Casa Samba as the first samba school in New Orleans,
one the premier cities of Carnival in the world. The group is directed by Curtis Pierre, and Brasilian master
drummer, Jorge "Alabe" Bezerra.
Casa Samba's performances combine traditional music, vocals, theater, dance and drumming to
capture the spirit of Carnival in Brasil, Afro- Brasilian traditions and history. We showcase our performances at
major hotels, festivals, conventions and special events and through our annual participation in several Mardi
Gras parades and coronations (such as Endymion and Zulu balls) and at the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival.
Appropriately enough, Casa Samba first emerged in 1986 during Mardi Gras
About Casa SambaOur
Mission - Our mission is to present audiences with an authentic Brasilian Carnival and folk arts
experience. Casa Samba does this through weekly open rehearsals and frequent school and university workshops.
Additionally, we maintain a center that works to educate the New Orleans community and the Gulf South region
of the rich cultural traditions of Brasil and the similarities which bridge Carnival in Brasil with Mardi
Gras in New Orleans emphasizing that importance of their African tradition and influences.
Vision - Casa Samba's vision is to train children and adults in
New Orleans and throughout the Gulf South into aspiring practitioners of Brasilian traditional music, dance
and cultural arts. Curtis Pierre, has studied over the past 25 years, to gain the knowledge and expertise on
Brasilian music and dance.
Now with the aid of Casa Samba, he would like to give back to the community through offering classes
and workshops on the Brasilian music, dance and culture. For the past 17 years he has with hands on work within his
community with hundreds children. Not only as a performer but, he is roll model, mentor, big brother and as a
farther figure to many of his neighborhood children. Casa Samba and Curtis has performed for over 800,000 children
the metropolitan New Orleans school systems and surrounding parish schools, exposing children to Brasilian culture,
music and traditions.
Being a native of New Orleans and knowing the problems that kids face today, Curtis has
adopted the same philosophy of the samba schools in Brasil in taking a social responsibility for safeguarding our
children and providing them with creative and challenging opportunities and experiences other than what is found in
It is our desire to provide a venue for getting the community, specifically children and young adults
interested in music and dance and providing them with a place to participate in supervised and structured
activities like Residences, after school, and during the summer months.
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