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Arts in Brazil: Samba School

Arts in Brazil: Samba School

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Chapters: Samba School. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 39. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Samba school (in Portuguese: Escola de samba) is a popular club or dancing school in huge square-compounds quadras de sambadevoted to practicing and exhibiting samba, an African-Brazilian dance. The schools are traditionally associated with a particular neighborhood, often shanty towns, or a town. Throughout the year the samba-schools have various happenings and events, and most importantly rehearsals for the main event which is the yearly samba-parade ("desfile das escolas de samba"). The "desfiles" during carnival are a show case of each "escola" augmented by the participation of celebrities, fans and guests who often pay a huge amount of money for their costumes. Those who choose to only watch the parade, as they root for their favorite school, may also be charged for the best seats. Each school displays glamour in colorful costumes and floats with special effects and is organized into different segments or "alas." The "alas" represent different components of the school's theme, or "enredo," as they act out a homage to a myth, historic event or figure, or express their view on a social, environmental or international issue. The alas display distinct costumes or "fantasias" from each other, and also reflect traditional samba school roles developed years ago. Thus, each samba school "desfile" has the "comissao de frente" individuals who open the parade by walking in social attires, saluting the crowds; the "ala das Baianas," or the traditional segment of Bahian African-Brazilian ladies with impressive round dresses circulating in the avenue; the "vocalistas," singing the "samba-enredo" ou theme while they play the "cavaquinho" or other string instruments; the "velha guarda," or old guard...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=2015833