Casa Samba

Samba kids programs and classes

Free Kids Classes on Samba Drumming and Learn Stilt Walking

Skills to be Taught:

Music Theory

- a basic theory and understanding of music, Rudimental Drumming techniques and basic Samba Rhythms. Basic structure of counting music

Educational and Culture Enrichment

- 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.

Good health promotion

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

Family environment

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.

"The Samba Man" Curtis Pierre
Our program Expert

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. 

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Meet Team

Paul Guerra

Stilt Class Director

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 Watts

Casa Samba Drummer, Costume Assistant, Stilt Walker and Costume Assistant/

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

Carol Pierre

Cofounder of 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.

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FREE Saturdays from 9:30am to 12 noon
  • Free classes for Children 18 and under
  • Children should be and good physical condition in order to take the class for the stilt walking. Although it does not require strength, why this is necessary for them to go through the different obstacle course Challenges we set up for them.

About The Classes

A brief description about our children's classes

Stilt Walking Classes for Kids
Every Saturday morning from 9:30am to 12 noon

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.

Capoeira Angola an Afro-Brasilian Martial Art Form
Wednesday & Friday 6:00 to 7:00pm

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.

All skill levels welcome (Kids from 5-8 drum class and 9 to 17 drum class) LEARN TRADITIONAL DRUM RHYTHMS OF BRASIL
Saturday mornings from 930 to 10 a.m. Ages 5 to 9 and from 10 AM to 10:30 AM ages 10 and up

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