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Samba school rehearsal: X-9 Paulistana

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Samba school rehearsal: X-9 Paulistana

Prices from R$ 10 to R$ 10

Date Sun 23 Feb 2014

Open 8pm, Fri and Sun

Samba school rehearsal: X-9 Paulistana website

Escola de Samba X-9
Rua Ité, Vila Guilherme

Telephone (11) 2959 3377

With green, red and white as its colours, the samba school X-9 (‘Shees-Nove’) Paulistana has only won the main competition at the Sambódromo twice in 36 years. 2013’s theme – a paean to the drylands of the North East – gives way to this year’s crazed 'Insano' (insane) theme.

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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