Dance With Us


animationofdancerThe Sambanistas dancers are a group of girls committed to enhancing the culture of dance in Perth by bringing the flavour of Brazilian samba to the streets and stages around town.

Together, the Sambanistas dancers and drummers have performed at numerous community gigs, corporate events and private shows including:

· Pride Parade
· Fremantle Festival
· Joondalup Festival
· Fairbridge
· Summersets – Sunset Samba, Scarborough Beach
· Perth International Student Festival
· Gloucester Park – “Find 30” Family Fireworks Night sponsored by Healthway
. Fringe World Festival
The dancers are also proud to have the assistance of a talented Malandro dancer (see below), who adds his own flair to the performances.

The deep, entrancing sound of the drums, together with the sparkles and seductive Brazilian moves of the dancers is enough to make anyone want to get up and dance!

If you are interested in joining the Sambanistas Dancers, there are various intake periods throughout the year. For more information, please email our Dance Coordinator Stephanie on

Rehearsals are every week:
Thursday nights at 114 Burswood Road, Burswood
$90 for a Term (terms are blocks of 10 weeks)

6:30 – 7:30pm
Level 2 (by invitation)
Drills, techniques, some choreography
7:30 – 8:30pm
Level 2 (by invitation)
7:30 – 8:30pm
Level 1
Techniques, parading, choreography

You can also follow us on facebook and twitter – simply search for “Sambanistas Dancers”

“Samba” refers to prayer and the invoking of ones personal “orixa”, god, or saint. Samba music is of the people. It is the lower class Afro-Brazilian community and an expression of their culture, the morros, people of the hillside slums. But still, Samba is more than just this.

The lyrics represent more than the culture and tradition. The lyrics of the samba are the way they live, the things they believe, and don’t believe in. In the 1920’s, 1930’s, and 1940’s Samba music revolved around three major topics. Samba talks about the “malandro”, the black hustler, women, and their love affairs, this way of music does not sound much different than the music and lyrics of the songs of urban hip hop today. The malandro does not follow the norm, he is a criminal, he fights against the social restrictions. Samba, until much later, was male dominated and the women of the Samba lyrics were thus malandras, fantasy women, or women bored with their domestic lives.

The Culture of the Samba

The samba music and dance, like so many other great music genres, was not readily accepted by the masses. Samba was initially believed to be sinful and the people of “high society” did all they could to repress this new music. However Samba music continued to be popularised and now encompasses more than just one culture. Samba combines several different cultures, especially the musical aspects of both African and Latino cultures.

In the beginning of the sixteenth century slaves were brought from Africa to work the plantations of South America. Over time Samba evolved from what was initially an attempt to preserve their African culture. During this period of time, the spread of religion was of most importance and for those who did not know the difference, the helpers, gods, or protectors that the African people worshiped were much like the saints of the Catholic religion. The slaves were therefore able to worship their orixas through song and practice, while others believed that they were practicing Christianity and helping the spread of religion.