Teachers 2019

Ana Arruda - Estonia

Dancer for 16 years. Formed by samba academy Jimmy de Oliveira.

After studying 9 years Samba de Gafieira, Ana developed a methodology for "samba no pé with footwork of Gafieria" and her style reached the popular taste.

Today she travels the world as teacher and judger of the main international samba congresses and takes part in Samba Carnival Parades of several samba schools (Estácio de Sá, Vila Izabel, Paraiso do Tuiuti, Unidos de Belfort Roxo, Tradiçao, Cubango). During the Carnival period, Ana receives about 100 to 150 students from around the world in Rio de Janeiro to improve the technique, methodology and new movements of samba. In the Samba Rio Show Competition she has achievedthe 2nd place in the category samba funkeado in 2013 and in the following year the 2nd place in the category samba no pé and samba funkeado.

Ana is currently working with the following dance styles: Samba, Samba de Gafieira, Funk. Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Soltinho and Tango.

Carlos Frevo - Germany

Carlos Frevo, born Carlos da Silva, is a qualified dancer. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil he has been working as a dancer, dancing instructor and choreographer since 1996. Influenced by the diverse culture of Brazil, he possesses an extensive repertoire of traditional Brazilian dances: frevo, maracatu, coco, samba, afro-brazilian dance, forró and samba de gafieira.
He began his education in traditional dance at the age of 12 years in the “Tax Dance Company”, “Maje Mole”, “Darue Malungo” as well as “Cia Terapia Dança de Salão”. He also took classes with the great Frevo-master Meia Noite. In 2000 he began his education in modern dance in the “Company Experimental de Dança”.
Since 2004 Carlos Frevo is living and working in Berlin, Germany and is constantly developing his dance technique. As founder and artistic director, from 2012 to 2017 he gained a great international reputation with the "Tanzstudio Dança Frevo" and also made known the rich culture of Brazil beyond the borders of the country. He is currently working as a dance teacher and musician with "Dança Frevo Cultural Events" and also regularly organizes Brazilian concerts and two dance festivals each year.

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Gabriel Silva - Portugal

Gabriel Silva began the dance at 9 years of age with Master Rachel Mosque in Cia. Dance Cariocas and at 15 integrated to the Academy of Dance Alvaro Reyes and Cia. Dance Alvaro's Dance - both companies made several presentations. He participated in the Ballroom Dance National Congress at the Hotel Gloria (Rio de Janeiro) and won the dance contest, sponsored by the same two consecutive years (2006 and 2007) - Junior category.
In late 2007 he made his first work overseas in Prague (Czech Republic), where he spent three years developing a front work the Company Brazil Show. During this period he made several shows in Austria, Poland, Slovakia and England. He paraded at the 2011 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro in the Choreographed Gafieira group from the São Clemente Samba School. He also paraded with the tap dancers of the Escola Académicos do Salgueiro.
He was present in several television programs and travelled to France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany and is currently living and working in Lisbon.

Juliana Lima & Rafael Pitarello - Australia

Juliana Lima & Rafael Pitarello started to dance in 2008, learning the Brazilian Social Dance styles: Samba de Gafieira, Bolero, Forro and Soltinho (Danca de Salao). In 2009, aiming to study and practice in addition to the dance classes they did they began to train weekly, especially Samba de Gafieira.

Since then, they’ve been teaching and performing in different events in Brazil and Australia, they were also the first place in the Swing do Black Samba de Gafieira 2015 championship – Sao Paulo edition. In the last few years, they’ve been also focusing on improving and spreading their knowledge about Brazilian Zouk.

In 2016, they moved to Brisbane Australia and started teaching at Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy, sharing their love for Brazilian culture through dance.

Noêmia Pacheco - Munich

For more than 15 years, Noêmia has been a dance teacher - first in Brazil - since 2010, first in Aachen and now in Munich. Besides her passion for "Samba de Gafieira" and "Samba no Pé" she also teaches Forró, Bolero, Salsa, Soltinho and Merengue. She teaches regulary in the student city and in various VHS. In addition, Noêmia is often invited to festivals as a teacher and it is almost impossible not to be infected by her enthusiasm and joy. She also organizes the "Tanze Samba mit mir Festival München", a Brazilian festival with workshops for Samba, Forró and Zouk.

Bands 2019

Vando Oliveira (Friday & Saturday)

Born in Rio de Janeiro directly in the cradle of samba and in a samba family, his contact with music comes from when he was still a baby. Vando Oliveira is the son of the businesswoman Tina-Flôr (Sister of Neguinho da Beija-Flôr and Nego “Two great interpreters of the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro“), having the uncles as musical reference and the fact of having been created in the heart of the school of samba Beija-Flôr from Nilópolis, the way to become a samba player was almost right.

At the age of 15 he met other musical styles but more adult he formed his first samba group and began playing in bars and concert halls in Rio de Janeiro. He then received the invitation of his uncle Neguinho da Beija-Flôr to play with him in his shows as backing vocal and percussionist. And so came the possibility of sharing the stage with big names in samba in Brazil and in the world.


He arrived in Germany in 2006 to accompany his uncle Neguinho on shows that would be made for the Brazilian soccer team during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. What he had not expected was that his trip back to Brazil would not happen any more.

Quarteto Bacano (Sunday)

This recently formed group plays Brazilian Samba with a big sound and a repertoire stretching from modern artists back in the decades. A lot of groove and joy is the foundation of this Berlin based project.


Voice/Guitar - Björn Magnus Olof Bergek

Accordeon/Cavaquinho - Charles William

Electric Bass - Jonnathan Gonzalez

Drums - Zito Ferreira

DJs 2019

DJ Da Matta

DA MATTA is a Brazilian artist, club DJ, percussionist and live promoter and is a crucial filter and curator enabling the 'now' sound of Brazil to cross continents through two production enterprises: BOSSA FM (Berlin) and Yellow Noises (Portugal).

His DJ sets elevate, with one foot rooted in South American and black music culture, the other tapping to the electronic eccentricities local to the dancefloors of Europe. A self confessed vinyl addict, the tower of influence stems from both fresh and classic strands of boogie, disco, jazz, Brazilian funk, bossa soul and afro samba - blended and cut - often embued with electronic bleeps and bass designed squarely at the dancefloor.

Now living in one of Europe's burgeoning tropical music centres, Berlin, his love affair with the black soul of Brazil informs both his work as promoter and DJ. DA MATTA was raised in the bustling city of Rio De Janeiro; a musical playground for him, forever entranced by the sounds blaring out of every street gathering and beach shack. He set sail to the sun soaked southern Spanish European capital in 2011 becoming a resident DJ at the renowned El Junco nightclub and in 2016 found himself setting up shop in Europe's club capital, Berlin.
DA MATTA launched the radio and web platform BOSSA FM back in 2016 which has become a go-to discovery portal for Brazilian music. In 2018 launched the production agency Yellow Noises LDA and has promoted European tours for names such Zeca Pagodinho, Maria Rita, Nando Reis, Martinho da Vila, Milton Nascimento and the king of Latin music, Roberto Carlos.

DJ Tião

Sebastian "DJ Tião" discovered the rich world of Brazilian music when he started taking forró dance classes with Carlos Frevo in Berlin in January 2012. From now on he was passionate about different Brazilian music styles, like samba as well. In 2013 he started DJ-ing on parties and festivals in Berlin (Psiu Forró Festival, Samba Treffen...) and other European cities (Dresden, Leipzig, Prague).