Casa Samba's Dance Choreographer     back to classes page

Curtis Pierre                cp 

  The director and founder of Casa Samba, recognized by Mayor Sidney Barthelemy in 1993 as the first New Orleans based samba school. with more than 25 years of experience of Samba, Capoeira and Afro-Brasilian Culture Also recognized as one of the seven pandeiro masters in the United States. He is one of the first original Capoeira students of Mestre Cobrinha in the U.S

Jorge Bezerra              jb

Also known Jorge "Alabe" a renowned master drummer/percussionist of the Escola de Samba of Brasil. His most recent experience has been with the international touring group Oba Oba, of which he has been a member for the past 15 years. "Oba Oba" is the internationally renowned Brasilian showcase highlighting Brasil's rich cultural heritage through music, songs and dance. He was also the director of the Minas Gerias Samba School in Bela Horizonte, Brasil. 

Marcio Peeters              mp  back to classes page

Marcio Peeters Do ILE AIYE Percussionist from the afro bloco of Salvador Bahia Teaching Classes on Samba Reggie and Samba-Afro.

Carolyn Barber-Pierre  cbp

Dance instructor for Casa Samba for over 22 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 6th year. 


 Casa Samba's Dance Choreographer

Paula Reis-Cypress     pr   back to classes page

Paula Reis-Cypress has choreographed numerous Afro Brasilian dances for Casa Samba since 1994 . She has set the standard of the passion and techniques of Brasilian dance for Casa Samba. 70% of all Casa Samba Afro-Brasilian Cultural dances over the past twenty years are credited to Paula Reis

rs  Rosangela Silvestre - Orixas dance movement and Silvestre Technique

l  Lorena-ILE AIYE Dancer contributed instructions on Traditional Dances of ILE AIYE                   back to classes page

bg  Beto Guimaraes - Frevo and Maracatu

Beto is dedicated to sharing the richness of his culture through the many forms of Brasilian dance such as samba, samba de roda, pagode, coco de roda, samba reggae, frevo and Maracatu

dh  Dandha Da Hora - Samba Reggie, Samba Afro, Maracatu and Afro Brasilian.                                   back to classes page

   Born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Dandha has been a member of Ile Aiye, one of Brasil’s most important musical and cultural institutions, since she was 6 years old. She brings the incredible spirit of Salvaldor and of Ile Aiye to SambaDá and we are lucky to have her! A master dancer as well as vocalist and percussionist, Dandha honors the incredible gifts of her culture every time she performs. As a lead dancer with Ile Aiye, Dandha has shared the stage with Brasilian stars such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Daniela Mercury. As well as performing with Ile Aiye and SambaDá, Dandha teaches Afro Brasilian dance all over the San Francisco Bay Area.

dd   Dayse Barreto - Samba Reggie, Samba Afro, and Afro-Caboclu.

prPaula Reis-Cypress - Afro-Brasilian, Samba Reggie, Samba Afro, Samba and Orixas

Isaura - From Rio de Janeiro Batuque, Cafezal and Jongo

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