Youngest Samba Dancer
When we lived in San Francisco and I was heavily involved in the music business, after retiring from Pan Am, I played in a Bateria over in the Mission District. A Bateria is the drum ensemble that performs for the dancers.
We would rehearse almost every week for a year preparing for the San Francisco Carnaval Parade. We rehearsed in a large dance studio, and the dancers rehearsed as we played. As Carnaval time got closer, the excitement grew and everyone began putting more energy and enthusiasm into the playing and dancing.
After the parade, a small group from the Bateria and dancers would perform in one of the very crowded night clubs, and it was a blast.
When I saw the video of the young girl learning the samba it reminded me of those days and the excitement and love the Brazilian dancers have for the music and dance.
1. Watch the little girl video first.
2. Next watch the second video of Maisa Duke performing on stage at the same night club where we performed. On that video you will understand what the little girl is emulating as she does her dance.
3. Then watch the third video to see Maisa Duke and her dance ensemble perform in the San Francisco parade.
The Carnaval parade begins in the Mission District and ends up downtown San Francisco. Part of the fun is all of the interaction during the approximately one hour that everyone is lined up in their starting spots waiting for their turn to get in the parade line.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed preparing these videos for you.