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Samba school rehearsal: GRES Tom Maior

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Samba school rehearsal: GRES Tom Maior

Prices from R$ 10 to R$ 10

Date Tue 25 Feb 2014

Open 8pm Tue and Fri; 9pm Sat

Samba school rehearsal: GRES Tom Maior website

Escola de Samba Tom Maior
Rua Sérgio Tomás, 622 , Bom Retiro

Telephone (11) 3494 9040

Started in 1973 by splitters from the smallish samba school Camisa Verde e Branco, the closest Tom Maior has come to a big-boy championship was coming fifth in 2008. In this year’s entry, the school plans on taking the crowd on a spirited journey to the tourist destination of the spectacular Iguaçu waterfalls, on the Brazil-Argentina border.

The basics The rehearsals are a chance for anyone planning to parade to learn that year’s chosen song (samba-enredo), for the drummers to master their rhythms, for the dancers to get in step, and for the neighbourhoods to start the celebrations. But don’t let the term ‘rehearsal’ confuse you – a samba school ensaio is as much a party as a chance for the school to practice, and everyone is welcome for a cover fee. They can be crowded, sometimes slightly chaotic events, so take care to work out beforehand how you’re getting home, and leave valuables behind.


By Time Out São Paulo editors
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