Fri, Jun 21 - Sun, Jun 23 2019

International Samba Congress Los Angeles 2019,

Downtown Dance & Movement, Los Angeles, California, United States Downtown Dance & Movement, Los Angeles, California, United States
9 Sponsors Confirmed
Adonis Travel and Tours
Eyedea Worx
Sage Counseling Services, Inc
Contemporanea Musical
Tender Grill Gourmet Brazilian Kitchen
Equilibrium Pilates
Brasil Brasil Cultural Center
Brazilian Nites
soul brasil

  • About the event

    Get ready:
    The greatest Samba celebration in USA is coming up again!

    The 3rd edition of the International Samba Congress is taking place once more in Los Angeles. Since 2017, this unique event has been shaking the Samba community in California with a three-day congress that spreads knowledge, love and art.

    The International Samba Congress provides a deep experience with Brazil's cultural atmosphere to teach people about Samba, the most popular Brazilian rhythm in the world. In the previous editions, hundreds of people gathered to celebrate and know more about the Brazilian culture. In 2019, with a theme “Celebrating the Roots of Samba”, this three-day event provides a unique cultural experience to Brazilians and non-Brazilians dancers and musicians through theoretical and practical learning. You surely should take this chance. Join us!


    JUNE 21st TO 23rd 2019

    • Dance Classes

    • Music Classes

    • Lectures

    • Over 20 renowned experts teaching

    • Exclusive methodologies that provides practical learning and fun

    • Exclusive thematic shop

    • Music concerts

    • Dance performances & Contests

    • Parties

    Location and schedule programming coming soon!

    Full passes, tickets per day and other entry options available!

    Full pass at discounted price until JANUARY 20th 2019!
    Reserve your spot right now!


    More information soon on our official website: www.internationalsambacongress.com
    Get in touch with the news following us on Instagram and Facebook: @internationalsambacongress

    Why should you sponsor?

    A variety of options are available for sponsors to get involved in the International Samba Congress and demonstrate to your organization's commitment to support vibrand and rich cultural diversity in our communities! Over 5,000 social media followers and 350 event attendees with a love for arts, culture, travel and lifestyle will be directly exposed to sponsor support. 

    Our vision is to create an event where every samba dancer and musician feels inspired, empowered and included, working together to establish healthy community connections and raise awareness about the essence of Brazilian dance and culture. 

    Our mission is to inspire, empower and support community groups of Brazilians and non-Brazilians dancers adn musicians who are dedicated to the Samba and Brazilian Cultures, promoting a sense of belonging, identity, and expression.  In association with Casa do Jongo, our mission also includes raising charitable funds to provide continuous support to the development and maintenance of youth programs in Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles. 

    Our Values: We believe passionately in the power of Samba to enrich lives of Brazilians and non-Brazilians alike; We believe in the importance of community collaboration; we value the power of Samba in building healthy community connections; We believe that there is strength in cultural diversity; WE are committed to increasing knowledge about the essence of Brazilian Culture and the Afrikancestry. 

    Ana Laidley

    Peer through the steamed windows of Culver City's Brasil Brasil Cultural Center on the right night and you'll see an ecstatic, frenzied mass of people: mature, young, thick, thin — a corporeal democracy, every body dancing between pain and transcendence, spurred by driving, dazzlingly layered percussion thundering from the sound system. At the center of the cyclone is a woman, a luminous smile escaping as she yells, "Sambaaa!"

    Since leaving Brazil more than two decades ago, Ana Laidley (aka Aninha Malandro) has cultivated a global, L.A.-based samba community, preserving the roots of an ancestral culture and promoting profound aspects of an art often reduced to its more familiar export: bikini-clad showgirls.

    "Samba brings so much to a community: It brings a bond, a sense of belonging; reliability, trust, self-confidence. And it's so beautiful when you see people developing their own way of expressing," says Laidley, 51.

    A psychotherapist who recently defended her dissertation on the healing effects of samba, Laidley has a benevolent vibe people gravitate toward.

    Growing up in a samba family in Rio de Janeiro, she was more interested in Michael Jackson than the insular culture of samba schools, which grew violent as sponsorship money poured in. "Samba was so serious, people would get killed — for nothing. For samba. And witnessing that was not fun for a child."

    Her father, world-renowned percussionist Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, spent a lifetime on the road; her mother braved the grueling travel, low pay and harassment that often comes with being a dancer.

    "Looking back, my family was so dysfunctional. ... A lot of negative situations I would connect to samba," Lindley says. "I was so sure that's not the way I want to go in my life."

    But something from that time stuck with her, something profound that she wouldn't articulate until years later.

    "I was already at that age very conscious of those people from the roots of samba, the elders at the time, that they have a value in the culture in Brazil. I knew that, and I used to imitate them."

    In 2006, she stepped onstage with the white suit and sly, dazzling confidence of the malandro, a popular male archetype in samba and Brazilian folklore.

    "You see the importance of malandro in Brazilian culture because that was the first statement about a black man saying, 'Hey, I'm poor but I know how to dress; I have good taste and know how to work the system. I'm not a victim' — not 'I was a slave' — nothing like that," she says.

    "And Malandro is the joker. He alleviates the pain of the people, that seriousness. If we don't have samba, Brazil would be a very depressing place."

    In performance, it offers a rooted elegance, a character she uses to "go back to who I am," discovering her father, the ultimate malandro, in herself. Until she did it, she'd never seen women perform as malandra. Now dance groups and competitions dedicated to the form are sprouting in her wake — including at the International Samba Congress she organizes in downtown L.A. (June 21-23 this year).

    Onstage, Laidley is a torrent of raw power buoyed by refinement and a lightning quickness; a master of improvisation and ephemeral sublimity.

    Growing up, it was never steps or technique — "It was just 'Samba! Be yourself!'" Translating that can be difficult, but Laidley persists, delighting when someone opens to the exchange of energy she insists is at the heart of samba.

    "I just need to connect with people, and give people the message that samba has a healing power that everyone can access."

    Information on the second annual International Samba Congress at internationalsambacongress.com.

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  • 251-500 attendees expected

    43% Male Attendees

    57% Female Attendees

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