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About the Director Curtis
Pierre, has studied over the past 25 years, to gain the knowledge and expertise on Brasilian music
and dance and would like to give back to the community through offering classes and workshops on the topic.
He has worked for the past seven years with over 150,000 children in the metropolitan New Orleans school
systems and surrounding parish schools, exposing children to Brasilian culture, music and traditions. Being a
native of New Orleans and knowing the problems that kids face today, Curtis has adopted the same philosophy
of the samba schools in Brasil in taking a social responsibility for safeguarding our children and providing
them with creative and challenging opportunities and experiences other than what is found in the
streets. It is our desire to provide a venue for getting the community, specifically children and young
adults interested in music and dance and providing them with a place to participate in supervised and
structured activities like Residences, after school, and during the summer
Samba Kids every Saturday Morning at the N.O.R.D. main office every Saturday mornings for the
past six years.
Works with Stage to Stage nowat the N.O.R.D. Ty Tracy Theatre building with Director and Founder
Julie Condy, Theatre Musicals for children for the past 15 years to present
Young Audience Program, Board Consultant New Orleans, LA
Curtis Pierre:The Samba Man 1988-Present
Performances and workshops in New Orleans public school system & Southern Region; reaching over 1,000,000
children in eighteen plus years.
• Workshop for Ile Aiye- Instructed a Workshop on Samba from Rio de Janeiro to one the
most famous blocos (Samba School from Bahia Ile Aiye)2009
• Three months in Brasil culminating withearning a spot in the Bateria of Escola de Samba
Salgueiro 2004 for his passionate work ethic, knowledge of Samba and its traditional instruments
and recognition of his dedication to Brasilian culture.
• Starting the first Samba Summer Camp inNew Orleans based entirely around Brasilian
culture, CASA SAMBA Brasil CAMP 2005.
• Best Camp Summer Director ofthe Year 2005; Awarded by Charlene Braud, Director, New
Orleans Recreation Department
35 years of Study at HKU (Hard Knocks University)
United States Navy Honorable Discharge June 1977
Hahnville High School, Hahnville, LA, Class of 1975