(1) 504-236-7479

casasambacurtis@gmail.com

Tuesday - Thursday
Samba Class

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Wednesday - Friday
Capoeira Angola Kids

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday - Friday
Capoeira Angola Adults

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday

9:30am - 12:00pm
Kids Classes

Saturday

10:30am - 12:00pm
Beginner Samba Adults

Class Location - 800 RACE street N.O.LA. 70130

about us

meet the team behind CASA Samba

merging the cultures of carnival in Brasil with New Orleans mardi gras .

The acronym C.A.S.A. means Cosmopolitan Amigo Samba Association all about spreading Brasilian culture through all walks of life.

a brief history

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.

mission

Our 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.

forging ahead

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 25 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 the streets. 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.

meet the founders

Who started it all

Curtis Pierre founder and director of Casa Samba established in 1987.He has studied exclusively with master Brasilian folkloric and percussionist, Jorge Alabe from Rio de Janeiro in self supported residency endeavor for over 15 years. In the past five years, he has also studied with master percussionist Marcio Peters from the world famous Brasilian Samba School, Ile Aye in Salvador Bahia.

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curtis pierre

founder and Director of Casa Samba

Master drummer Jorge Alabê grew up in Rio de Janeiro immersed in the rich musical culture of Brazil, becoming a master in samba percussion as well as in the Afro-Brazilian religious tradition of candomblé. He is an “Alabê” connected with the oldest candomblé house established in Brazil, Casa Branca; the title of “Alabê” means that he has obtained the highest level in drumming and leading of rituals in the candomblé religion and signifies deep experience and authority

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Master Brazilian drummer jorge alabe

Afro Brazilian folkloric director and cultural advisor

Carol has been the Afro Brasilian Dance instructor for Casa Samba for over 23 years and has hosted many workshops at all the major universities located in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. She is currently an adjunct instructor of Brasilian Dance at Tulane University as a credited course now in her 11th year .

Carolyn Barber-Pierre

co-founding of Casa Samba&

He has been leading samba drum class since he was 9 years old. Currently, Junior at Southern University and alumni of the war in Eastern high school band. He has been a personal student of Jorge Alabe from the age 4 till now and Marcio Peeter of ILE IAYE for the past 7 years. He has performed both in New Orleans and Brazil with the group Ile Aiye in Bahia and participated in the rehearsals at the samba schools Beja-Flor and Salgueiro in Rio de Janeiro.

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Bomani pierre

director of percussion(Bateria)&

other key members of Casa Samba

Our supporting team

Paul Guerraoperations manager, costume creator and designer and drummer

Master Wood crafts and Furniture designer has been a drummer for Casa Samba over 14 years. the bills special tools and apparatuses for all our various costume designs. He has devoted a part of his busy life in order to assist in maintaining proper operations and functions of Casa Samba. He leads the kids stilt walking program for Casa Samba Saturday class teaching the kids how to balance their life through learning to walk on stilts

20 year membership

Tiffany Knighton

Casa Samba Professor of Dance

A member of Casa Samba for over 20 years. she assist in casa samba dance choreography preservation, development and facilitating the dance classes. Tiffany has over 36 years of experience in dance, acting and professional performances. She has received formal training in traditional African dance, Afro-Modern, modern, ballet, samba, various Brazilian dance styles, jazz, and tap dance. She has been a principal dancer in many dance companies and teams in New Orleans,

20 year membership

DeShandra Henry

Assistant operations Manager/Dancer

Shondra join the group at the age of 13 after performing with casa Samba doing hey Summer youth program she has served in the Armed Forces that is now living back in New Orleans as a member of our team.

19 year membership

Tyrone Henry

Production and Sound Manager/Drummer

Tyrone Henry also known as brotha TEE handles all of our production and sound needs.

14 year membership

Connie Corrol

Costume Production Manager/Drummer

Connie is one of the original members of Cassa Samba. She oversees the designs and costume making procedures for Carnaval. Along with Paul she is the one that controls the construction and the making of our costumes. She is also a drummer in Casa Samba.

28 year membership

Rhaina Coleman

Prof. of dance and our dance class facilitator

A member of Casa Samba for over 4 years. she assist in casa samba dance choreography and facilitating the dance classes.

8 year membership

Cliff Taylor

Drummer

Mr. Taylor has been a great asset to the groupall 28 years he's also a regular drum set Player in a couple of vans around the city

28 year membership

Herman Halphen

Casa Samba lead drum instructor

A member of Casa Samba for over 20 years. she assist in casa samba dance drum arrangements, development and facilitating the Samba drum classes. Herman has over 26 years of experience in marching band and Samba drumming, a personal student of Curtis Pierre since he was 15 years old

20 year membership

Nicole Jackson

Dance Manager choreography/assitant

Formerly the first dance captain of Cassa samba she has spent many years studying with master drummer Jorge alabe of Brazil

23 year membership

Alvin Watts

Costume Assistant/Stilt Walker/Drummer

Alvin has been in the group for over 20 years he assisted in our regularly schedule Saturday kids programs. He also assistant production of customs and designs for Casa Samba

22 year membership