Classes
Classes

London School of Samba hold dance and drumming classes on Sundays at the Waterloo Action Centre. The dance classes are not only fun, but a great way to keep fit, then stay for the drumming classes and learn some new rhythms. LSS is also a great community and you'll make many new friends along the way.

Drumming workshop at the Waterloo Action CentrePhoto: LSS Archive Drumming workshop at the Waterloo Action CentrePhoto: LSS Archive Mestre Sala and Porta Bandeira rehearsingPhoto: Brian Guttridge 3 women and a man dancingPhoto: Mariana Whitehouse

When?

Every Sunday dancing and drumming classes

 

Where?

Waterloo Action Centre (WAC), 14 Baylis Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 7AA. Click HERE for a map.

 

What time?

Dance (level 1)  Beginners & Improvers:  6pm – 7:30pm

(level 2)  Intermediate: 6pm – 7:30pm

Drumming (Bateria) for all levels: 7:45pm – 9:15pm

Quadra Nights on the last Sunday of every month

Separate Dance and Drumming classes: 6pm – 7pm, followed by a jointed Dance and Drumming class: 7pm-8pm

 

Do I need to book or pre-pay for a class?

No just turn up on Sunday, pay when you arrive, it’s as simple as that.

We strongly recommend that ear plugs be worn when attending workshops with live drumming.

 

How much are classes?

Our classes are 2 for 1 on the day.  Come for the Dance class and stay for Bateria after, at no extra cost!

Members: £7 or £5 for concession (Unemployed and Students over 16.  Students please bring your ID’s)
Non-members: £8 or  £6 for concessions

Under 16’s: £4

Please note: all under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.  Entry is free for an accompanying adult not wishing to participate in classes, however normal entry fee applies should they wish to join in.

You can find out how to become a member buy clicking HERE

You can also get a free class in exchange for doing shifts on the door, to find out more about volunteering as part of the Door Team click here.

What to expect?

Check that we are open for class on the Sunday you wish to attend. Arrive at the appropriate time with an open mind and lots of energy.

No prior experience needed. LSS have a policy of total inclusion.

 

Class Timetable

 

 

 Date

 Dance (Level 1)

Beginners/Improvers

Dance (Level 2) 

Intermediate/Advanced

 Bateria

(All levels)

 
January
4th

Leandro

Mariana W

TBC

11th

Leandro

Mariana W

TBC

18th

Leandro

Mariana W

TBC

25th                                Quadra Night @ Waterloo Action Centre!

Dance workshop led by Leandro 6-7pm
(heels encouraged but not essential),

Bateria workshop led by Vik/Chris 6-7pm,

Joint drum and dance workshop 7-8pm

Quadra Night starts at 6pm for everyone.

February
1st

Kamilah Turner

(Guest)

Afro Brazilian dance.

Orquidea Lima

TBC

8th

Gladys Cavalcante

Orquidea Lima

Mags

15th

Gladys Cavalcante

Orquidea Lima

Mags

22nd                                Quadra Night @ Waterloo Action Centre!

Dance workshop led by GLADYS CAVALCANTE 6-7pm
(heels encouraged but not essential),

Bateria workshop led by MAGS 6-7pm,

Joint drum and dance workshop 7-8pm

Quadra Night starts at 6pm for everyone.

March
1st

Hannah Acido

(Samba for beginners)

Michela Di Felice

(Samba house fusion, see description below*)

TBC

8th

Irineu Nogueira

Marta
(Stamina, performance techniques and JOY!)

TBC

15th

Irineu Nogueira

Marta
(as above)

TBC

22nd

Irineu Nogueira

Marta
(as above)

TBC

29th                                Quadra Night @ Waterloo Action Centre!

Dance workshop led by Douglas 6-7pm
(heels encouraged but not essential),

Bateria workshop led by TBC 6-7pm,

Joint drum and dance workshop 7-8pm

Quadra Night starts at 6pm for everyone.

*Re Guest slot: Samba & House Fusion
THE STYLE: Samba & House Fusion was created from the need and desire to search for something new and inspiring. Michela always felt a strong connection between the footwork in both samba and house dance; they offer a unique music element that complement one another. The music tracks we’ll be dancing to, vary from House, afro/house, afrobeat, samba reggae and batucada.
The aim of the class is not only to introduce an exciting FUSION and have fun, but to also offer a versatile style of dancing where you’ll get carried away in the high energy it brings & enjoy a friendly class vibe.

THE CLASS: During the workshop i will alternate the focus between samba drills and house basics, where you will learn new steps made of the 2styles fused together, choreography and freestyle sessions.

Music

Our drumming classes are one big noisy family, banging hard-hitting rhythms and breaks. Learn to play Rio style Samba, Samba Reggae, Afoxê, Ilê Aiyê, and Mozambiqué with absolutely the best teachers. Fun, furious, and funky, absolutely all levels are welcome! No prior experience necessary! Do you have a heart beat? Then you too can drum!

 

Dance

Our dance classes focus on the vibrant and colorful spirit of Brazilian Carnival and Samba. The main focus of dance at LSS is samba no pe, the practice of the samba step. However, dancers also have the opportunity to learn other dance styles such as samba reggae with our guest teachers throughout the year. We have two levels of classes so whether you’re a total beginner or an intermediate level dancer just turn up and have a go!

Level 1 (downstairs large hall) for beginners and improvers.
Level 2 (upstairs) for intermediate and advanced.

Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to sweat, bringing water is also a good idea.
Wear comfortable footwear, this may include heels particularly for level 2.
Classes that require specific footwear will be advertised as such.
Participants can not be bare foot unless requested by the teacher, usually this only applies in the Afro-Brazilian dance styles.

Which class – level 1 or level 2?
If you are new to samba please begin with the level 1 class.
If you’d like to try the level 2 class, it’s a good idea to ask the level 1 teacher if they feel you should try it next time or if you’d benefit from a bit longer in level 1.
Please be aware they may suggest you remain in level 1 for your own development.
Teachers may also suggest that some people try level 2 next time.

If you are new to the LSS and go straight to level 2, please introduce yourself to the teacher and please be aware that for your own development and quality of the class they may ask you to try a few more level 1 classes first if they think it’s necessary.
Level 2 teachers reserve the right not to admit someone if they feel the material they plan to teach is too advanced for them, particularly if this poses a health and safety risk to them or others around them.

Different teachers have different teaching styles and you may find that you prefer a level 1 class with one person and a level 2 class with another and we are aware that different teaching styles and material can mean people may attend level 1 with one teacher and level 2 with another.

 

Carnival Taster dance workshops

These are aimed at giving people a taste of what to expect from different costumed dance sections of our carnival parade before registering for places at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival on our 2014 carnival tour.

 

Quadra Nights

London School of Samba hold monthly Quadra Nights on the last Sunday of every month.
These are a 2 hour combined workshop, 1hr of separate dance and drumming workshop from 6-7pm followed by 1 hr joint workshop from 7-8pm.
The Quadra Nights is a fun chance to interact with dancers and drummers of various experience, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced.
The workshop culminates in a jam where you can practice what you’ve learnt to live music.
You are therefore expected to take responsibility for stretching post the jam on your own, but you’re welcome to ask the teachers for guidance.

All experience levels are welcome. Entry fee is the same as our normal Sunday workshops.

 

Enjoyed one of our regular classes? Had a great time at a carnival? Think we could improve on something? Then feel free to drop your comments and suggestions to: lss.feedback.lss@gmail.com