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Do you know what is a samba school? So, let’s find out!

What is a Samba School

A samba school is a group of dancers and musicians that dance and play samba. There are many samba schools around Brazil and here in Rio, the best ones compete against each other during Carnaval at Sapucaí.

Although the name is samba school, it’s not a place for you to learn how to dance samba. It has this name because the first samba schools used to do their rehearsals in a schoolyard. Here in Rio most of the samba schools have the acronym G.R.E.S. before theirs names. It stands for Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba, which means Recreative Guild Samba School.

Parade of the main Samba Schools in Rio

We prepared a list for you with of the main samba schools in Rio de Janeiro and when they are parading in the Sambadrome:

Start Time Sunday 3rd of March Monday 4th of March
21h15 Império Serrano São Clemente
22h20 Viradouro Vila Isabel
23h25 Grande Rio Portela
00h30 Salgueiro União da Ilha
01h35 Beija-Flor Paraíso do Tuiuti
02h40 Imperatriz Mangueira
03h45 Unidos da Tijuca Mocidade

 

The Samba School Rehearsals

What is a Samba School. Os ensaios na quadra da Escola de Samba.

The samba schools usually prepare themselves for Carnaval months before it. Each of them has their own court, that is a closed place where they can practice, or they can also do street rehearsals, where the community can watch, sign and dance along.

Visiting a samba school is like going to a great party, with lots of beautiful people dancing and a great energy. Have you ever been to a samba school? If you want you can visit one with us on our Samba School Visit RioLIVE! You will surely love it!

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