The Sambanistas were born at Artrage in September 1990 and 30 years later, we are still drumming and dancing!


Wondering if samba drumming is for you?

Come along, give it a go and find out. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to have fun and not take it‚ or yourself‚ too seriously.

The good stuff

Drumming has been shown to have many physical and mental health benefits:

  • increased coordination
  • reduced anxiety and blood pressure
  • improved brain function
  • increased positive emotions
  • making new friends and so many others

The Sambanistas are a group of ordinary folk who get together each week to bang drums, make beautiful music, and have a heap of fun in the process – Guess you could say we LOVE what we do!

Drum with us

We rehearse on Sundays 12-2pm (check our calendar) and contact us to let us know you’re coming and we will answer any questions you have. More information


We are a committed group of dancers with a special focus on Samba no Pé (literally, “samba in the foot”). This is the type of Samba one sees in the Brazilian Carnival parades and in other Samba carnivals over the world.

The good stuff

Regular Samba dancing has been shown to have loads of benefits:

  • Higher energy levels
  • Better posture
  • Fantastic fitness
  • Better mental health
  • Build strong muscles
  • Fun and so much more….

Dance with us

We have weekly classes on Thursday evenings. We have a number of different levels, depending on your previous dance and/or samba experience. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see our announcements for the start of each new term or email our Dance Coordinator for the latest updates.

Rehearsals / Classes

Drumming Sundays 12-2pm usually City Farm East Perth
Dancing Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm Como
Dancing Thursdays 7-9pm Balcatta