"It is with great pleasure that I come here to thank everyone who took part in our 3. Samba Treffen Berlin. Of this time we were pleasantly surprised by the love and kindness of each one of
you for the dance samba de gafieira. That makes us grow and gives us force to continue with the work of spreading the Brazilian culture!
To see our students sharing their experiences with other students – there exists nothing better than to see this. Concerning the presentations, thank you very much Marion Lima for filling me with pride with your work of frevo with your students. To my students, I feel fulfilled having you on my side and I love all of you.
About the teachers it is easy to speak; with the level that you have it could only have been what it was: workshops and shows of high quality!
To have a good party it cannot be lacking of music with high quality. . . . And that we have to thank the bands Zé Berlin, DuBras and Aja Brasil and the Djs Tião and Ramón for making everybody dance the whole time. ;-)
To the photographers: without you it would not be possible to show the world what happened in these 3 days - thank you very much, Elitza, Julie and Jens.
More than special in the organization of our events were Alexia and Anja. Thank you with all my heart!
See all of you again next year in a new location! "
Samba Treffen Berlin is the first festival in Germany which focuses on samba de gafieira dance and samba live-concerts. In 2017 the festival was held from 29 September - 01 October.
Once a year you have the opportunity to meet with other people and share your passion for Samba. The first festival took place in 2015 with the idea of spreading Samba and generally the Brazilian culture in Europe.
In 2017 we have offered:
2 days of workshops of Samba de Gafieira, Samba no Pé, Samba Funkeado and Afro Brasil with 6 different teachers.
3 nights of parties with live music from three amazing samba bands.
Samba de Gafieira is an elegant Brazilian saloon dance. Gafieira is the name for the place where the sambistas dance, normally with live music: the saloon, which has its origins in Europe. Besides the swing and dynamic dance steps, there are also other aspects combined in this style, like creativity, improvisation and playing the music and rhythm. Gafieira is also called samba a dois (samba between two) or samba de salão (saloon samba).
Samba Funkeado is a style of Samba de Gafieira that adapted funk music to traditional samba music and allows the dancer to exaggerate the syncopated rhythm of Samba de Gafieira.
Samba no Pé has its roots in Africa and was brought to and developed in Brazil by African slaves who played and danced in sambas (meetings) to express themselves. It is a solo dance that is often danced impromptu when samba music is played. People usually dance in groups, communicating with each other with various samba steps instead of words.
Afro Brasil combines powerful and expressive steps to African and modern rhythms.
Movements that have their origins in Afro-Brazilian religions like Candomblé , are abstracted and renewed and provide a holistic dance training .
The dance studio Dança Frevo was founded in 2012 by Carlos Frevo and Anja and is named after the dance style Frevo, a traditional dance from the northeastern Brazil, which was inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2012.
Dança Frevo offers regular classes for all ages, not only in known Brazilian dances but also in modern interpretations of them. Every year the studio organizes two festivals focused in, Samba de Gafieira, the “Samba Treffen Berlin” and Forró, the “Psiu! Forró Festival Berlin”.
Throughout the year Dança Frevo invites often world-known and established dance teachers and musicians to give workshops and play on the dance studio’s stage.