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Out of Snow, Samba!: Where to Find Brazil in NYC
If you survived last winter in the Northeast – one of the worst on record – you may already be getting anxious about saying goodbye to summer. Try this easy cure for winter blues: Brazilian music. When it looks like Siberia outside get to where it sounds like Bahia inside. Here's where in NYC: Visit DROM where lively samba parties are hosted by Samba NY!, the samba school that is central to the city's samba culture. Enjoy samba/Afro-Brazilan classes at Alvin Ailey – a pair of classes for beginners cost only $28. You’re invited to participate whether you’ve danced for decades or have never set foot in a studio. Learn to dance samba from NYC’s premier samba dance performer, Danielle Lima, at Djoniba Dance Center where the philosophy is, “If you can walk, you can dance.” Your first class is free. Learn to drum! Samba New York! offers courses that take you from spectator to performer quickly. After completing a series of classes you can participate in some of the groups’ biggest performances of the year including the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade on October 31st. Hurry to Samba Souls Saturdays at Sounds of Brazil where you can dance the night away each weekend year-round beginning at 6:30 PM. I hope this helps you keep moving and smiling through every sort of New York weather in the year ahead!
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