Free Kids Classes on Samba Drumming and Learn Stilt Walking
- a basic theory and understanding of music, Rudimental Drumming techniques and basic Samba Rhythms. Basic structure of counting music
- History and origins Samba Parade groups as they are similar to the New Orleans parade groups as it is known in Brazil. Names and identification of samba instruments, Learn various dance movements from Brazil.
In both classes the Capoeira class the Stilt-walking classes have some Physical Considerations: Students should be in fairly good health. Cardiovascular strength and leg conditioning will be helpful.One of the major goals is to teach good healthy empowerment practices by showing them different ways to strengthen their bodies and their minds. Learn how to promote confidence building, self-esteem, conflict and resolution alternative solutions
One of the most unique things about this class is that you and the children can be in the same Location and take separate classes. You can leave Your children and pick them up or stay and watch. We like Parent feedback and support.
BUILDING GOOD CHARACTER
and learn about themes like Respect, Responsibility, and Fairness through drumming, dancing, and singing Brasilian Culture and have BIG FUN doing it. Discover the AMAZING MUSIC of Brasil and learn about DIVERSITY through the Arts. Samba Kids is used as a form to help families spend time together, by having kids classes going at the same time as the adult classes. In this program parents can watch thier kids learn Stiltwalking and Brasilian rhythms and cultures while having the option of takeing a Samba dance class for themselves at the same time. So you get to enjoy being with your children as the whole family is taking classes. The recommended age for the children's class start at five years old, the classes are free for all children under the age of 18 years old. Located at the N.O.R.D.C. Center 800 Race St. New Orleans, LA. 70130.
The goals of these programs is to Educate, Entertain and Inspire kids, community and all types of people to "travel to a different part of the world through a interactive cultural enrichment experience" and I like to work hard to keep the information exciting, fresh, authentic and engaging.
The goals of the programs is to audiences with an authentic Brasilian Carnival and folk arts experience. The Samba Man has sparked a community group called Samba Kids sponsored by Curtis Pierre and Casa Samba, a New Orleans based samba school. We accomplish this through weekly open rehearsals, classes and frequent school and university workshops/presentations. Additionally, we maintain a center that works to educate the New Orleans community and the Gulf South region of the rich cultural traditions of Brasil and the similarities which bridge Carnival in Brasil with Mardi Gras in New Orleans emphasizing that importance of their African tradition and influences.
operations manager, costume creator and designer, Stilt Walker and Drummer. He has made well over 1000 pairs of stilts to help service our community's children and adults. Master Wood crafts and Furniture designer. He has been a drummer for Casa Samba over 14 years. He is the creator of special tools and apparatuses for all our various costume designs. He has devoted a part of his busy life in order to assist in maintaining proper operations and functions of both Casa Samba and the Samba Kids program. He leads the kids stilt walking program for Casa Samba Saturday class teaching the kids how to balance their life through learning to walk on stilts
Alvin has been in the group for over 20 years. For the past 8 years he has assisted in our regularly schedule Saturday Samba kids programs. He also assistant production of customs and designs for Casa Samba
Professor of the Brazilian dance classes, Carol has been the Afro Brasilian Dance instructor for Casa Samba for over 23 years and has hosted many workshops at all the major universities located in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. She is currently an adjunct instructor of Afro-Brasilian Dance at main campus of Tulane University teaching Afro-Brazilian dance as a credited course in the dance department for the past 16 years.
We Value Hands on Opinions
My name is Dr. Duane Simien. I met Curtis Pierre of Casa Samba in the early 1990’s. He was my capoeira instructor, mentor, friend and father figure. Back then, I had lots of positive and negative energies. Curtis through his technique helped me channel the positive and do away with the negative. Curtis and capoeira has had a profound effect on my life. I’m now passing down his teaching to all of my children . More importantly, it wasn’t just me who benefitted from his teaching, there are many more. Curtis has been a positive force for any person or community he has come in contact with. The New Orleans community needs more people like him to help change things for the better. Sincerely, Dr. Duane Simien
My positive experience with Casa Samba is very rewarding. It has allowed me the opportunity to learn about Brazilian percussion and learn to play different instruments. Through my time with the group, I’ve learned African, Brazilian and Cuban rhythms. Casa samba is very important to the community to teach the youth about music and culture of Brazil & Africa. Additionally, it gives them a hands-on learning experience like never before, such as drumming, dances, stilt walking, etc.
We have been attending the drum classes for children on Saturdays for the past 3 months. My 4 year old son absolutely loves it. Mr. Pierre is a wonderful teacher. He has the gift of communicating with the children. They are captivated by him. We are so grateful to have learned about this class. I wish we had started coming sooner.....thank you Casa Samba for giving our family this opportunity! Denise Woodall- Ruff
Casa Samba is one of the few truly inclusive dance troupes in the city. Members span many different stages and walks of life. It has been a truly enriching experience to dance with and get to know all of them. I have been dancing with Casa Samba for almost a year.
Casa Samba provides plenty of opportunity to get to no others in the community who share the same interests of learning the culture of Brasil. In that pool, there begins an incredible exchange of information - and diverse friendships are formed. Through this diversity we become a much smarter, culturally sensitive and art appreciating group and carry that message forward - for life.
It allows my mother and my personal time together since we both love dance and Brasilian culture. I am truly blessed to have been able to do this with her, and we've even began to bring our Grandmother, even if it is just to watch, she is still enjoying the time with us, with family. Aja Aguilar aka PR Co-Manager D'Aja Voo(Dat) #504 www.BigEasyRollergirls.com
Casa Samba is important to me on a very personal level. Therefore, I would like to highlight the ways in which Casa Samba is an important part of the New Orleans community: 1) Casa Samba offers the opportunity for people to come together and learn about a different culture, which is so important given the change in the landscape of New Orleans post-Katrina. It is a multi-cultural environment and helps to promote a better relationship between the “black and brown” communities, which have experienced a rise in tension and violence. 2) Casa Samba provides a low-cost form of aerobic activity, which works to combat the public health crisis of obesity and other diseases facing the New Orleans population.
3) Casa Samba offers multiple opportunities for children to be involved in after-school and weekend activities based in music and dance education. These opportunities teach important life skills, including discipline, respect for authority and teamwork. 4) In an age of ever-increasing globalization, Casa Samba acts as a direct link between New Orleans and Brazil, the world’s 7th largest economy. In closing, these are just a few of the ways in which Casa Samba is a significant organization and cultural institution, not just for the individuals involved with it, but for New Orleans, as well. It has a history that spans over 25 years and the City of New Orleans would do well to recognize its importance. Sincerely, Monique T. Labat
Casa Samba is important to me because: My family moved to New Orleans 5 years ago. I have always loved this city and its diverse mix of people and cultures, and moving here was something I've always wanted to do. Part of what makes this city special, to me, is Casa Samba. My daughter flies out of bed most Saturday mornings because she knows she will have a fun morning of drumming and stilt walking. Watching Curtis orchestrate a group of kids who are entirely different from one another in age, race, socio-economic status, to get them all playing together, is quite amazing.
Casa Samba is important to me because: You see the pride on the kids’ faces as they hear what they are creating, together. When they practice stilt walking, the kids go from timid, unsure.... to confident and proud, in a matter of weeks or sometimes minutes. Paul is calm, encouraging, and most importantly, patient. The kids feel comfortable with him. They know that he won't let them fall. I hope Casa Samba will always be around. Although we've only been here 6 months, this organization has already become an important part of our life here in New Orleans.
A brief description about our children's classes
Casa Samba’s stilt walking class for kids teaches a new form of confidence and respect. Kids are taught by professional stilt walkers and as they learn and become more professional the kids learn to teach other kids like themselves. The classes start with various balance and strengthening exercises, after they are brought to the training area where they will be paired with a professional and the students stilt walker. During his time they are given instructions and tips on how to stilt walk and be safe.
Open registration walk-ins are welcome
children's class 6:00 to 7:00pm FREE for 18 and under
Attire;Sneakers T-Shirt and loose fitting clothes no shorts or tank tops
Classes taught by MESTRE Curtis Pierre Student of Mestre Cobra Mansa.
Origins of Capoeira Angola: The roots of "Capoeira " are in Angola, West Africa Its presence in Brasil dates back to the 1500's with the African Slave trade. This new art form of Capoeira came with them as part of their indigenous culture. Capoeira was originally an Angola, "Zebra dance", used to train young men that exhibited great strength and endurance. As a "Rights of passage", the young men who past these tests were then groomed for position of authority within their tribe or clan.
This is an open class walk-ins welcome. This class focuses on Basic drumming techniques, proper position to hold the sticks, how to sit while playing your instrument, a basic understanding of how to count music, some simple rudimental drumming and they will also learn about various samba rhythms about Brazilian cultural Drumming and Dancing