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


Every Sunday dancing and drumming classes



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.


How much are classes?

LSS offer 2 for 1 classes.  Come for the Dance class and stay for Bateria after, at no extra cost!

Members: £7 or £5 for concessions (available to the Unwaged and Students over 16)
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


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




 Dance (Level 1)


Dance (Level 2) 



(All levels)



(samba for beginners)

Chris Bicourt – Samba freestyling for men. Women also welcome








(samba for parading)


(samba for static performance)




(samba for parading)


(samba for static performance)


30th                                Quadra Night @ Waterloo Action Centre!

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

Bateria workshop led by Karen 6-7pm,

Joint drum and dance workshop 7-8pm

Quadra Night starts at 6pm for everyone.


Marta Scott

(samba no pe for beginners/improvers)

Karla Jayne


14th                                Quadra Night @ Waterloo Action Centre!

Dance workshop led by Marta Scott 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.

21st                                               Christmas – No classes
28th                                               Christmas – No classes




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!



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, your 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:


Selection Workshops & joining Performance Dance group


Want to become part of the LSS Dance groups and take part in performances with us? Your next opportunity to audition will be on Sunday 19th October 2014 7.30-8.30pm after the level 1 dance class in the large hall at Waterloo Action Centre.


Show your interest to any of the dance teachers at WAC at the beginning of any dance class, and if they give you a YES at the end of the class, then you can email the dance indicating which teacher supports your request to register your interest as participation is by invitation by the dance team. This is so that we can let you know what to expect ahead of the workshop as well as keep track of how many people to expect there is a limit to how many people can take part due to time constraints.


All you require is lots of energy, to be able to follow a simple choreography and perform a short samba solo to demonstrate that you’ve got samba no pé!


Don’t shy away from this opportunity. The judges are very friendly and some of the LSS dancers will be around to encourage you and cheer for you! They all had to do this at someone point, so they know how you feel.


For information about the Selection Workshops contact Orquidea from our Dance Team, at


You don’t have to be a member of LSS to take part in the selection workshop, but you’ll be expected become a member if you are successful in your audition and to attend rehearsals in order to perform.


The performance group is for people who want to rehearse and perform year round at gigs outside of carnival.

You do not have to be part of the Performing Dance or Bateria groups to take part in our Summer Carnival season, including Notting Hill Carnival. Anyone can take part in these events.