About Us


The London School of Samba have been helping people experience Brazilian Carnival Arts since 1984. We provide dance, drumming, costume making and much more. We provide weekly dance and drumming classes as well as many other types of workshops. Each year we participate in the Notting Hill Carnival as well as other smaller parades. We also perform at live shows and gigs. We are linked to Brazil through our godmother school Mocidade, who won the 2017 Rio De Janeiro Carnival. We have been featured in many magazines, papers and TV shows. Our latest show was our appearance on Strictly Come Dancing. 


Our Mission

To entertain, educate, and engage the public in traditional Brazilian carnival arts, for cultural, social and educational benefit.

We offer high quality, fun and open access training and workshops in:

  • Dance
  • Percussion
  • Costume design and making
  • Carnival parade
  • History of traditional Brazilian carnival arts

As well as opportunities for artistic and personal development to:

  • Facilitate personal artistic development
  • Facilitate artistic development in order to perform at LSS events
  • Provide the opportunity to perform and participate at the world renown Notting Hill Carnival
  • Provide the opportunity to volunteer and to learn about and contribute to the running of the school


And entertainment for:

  • Carnivals and festivals
  • Nightclubs
  • Community and charity events
  • Schools and educational centers

Our charitable objects

The London School of Samba is committed to advancing education for public benefit through the promotion of the arts – with particular but not exclusive reference to Samba music, dance, costume making and the culture and tradition of Afro-Brazilian Carnival.


Click on the links below to download copies of our policies and key documents:

Respectful Behaviour Policy Document

Health and Safety Policy Document

1990 Memorandum of Association

Constitution and Articles of Association

Organisational Map – 2015 

Dance>>>

Learn Brazilian Samba whether just for fun, parading in carnivals or performing in shows

Drumming>>>

Play the drums just for fun at our classes or parade with us in carnivals and at gigs.

Costumes>>>

We make all of our costumes. Design and create as part of our team whatever your experience level.

Carnival>>>

Join us to parade at the Notting Hill Carnival and other celebrations.

London School of Samba offer dance and drumming classes for complete beginners to performer level. We parade every year at the Notting Hill Carnival which is open to all abilities. Our performance group travel the UK and abroad to do shows and are available to hire for private functions>>. 

All our costumes are made by hand and you can learn the techniques used at one of our costume making workshops. You can also hire one of these spectacular outfits for an event. There are also regular Make-Up workshops to learn how to prepare the performers for shows and carnivals. 

We are a friendly charity whose mission is to allow people to experience the feel and emotion of Brazilian arts through samba dancing, samba drumming and carnival preparations. Everyone is welcome at the school and there is a place for everyone.