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Forro Dancing- The Brazilian Family Dance
featuring Liliana Araujo at the Battery Park Esplanade
Welcome to Sambazina.com where we are dedicated to the sharing of Brazilian culture through the teaching of Brazilian dance rhythms in New York City with Marizete from Rio de Janeiro.

Marizete specializes in Samba de Gafieira (Partner Samba), Samba no Pé (Samba Solo), and Forró and teaches group and private classes as well as performs in NYC and beyond.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012


Hello everyone, we would love to see you at The Caulfield tomorrow, Sunday Oct 14, to start celebrating Marizete's birthday, which is Oct 15! Obrigada.
Beijos, and let's dance and have fun!!! :)

The Caufield

27th St (Park/Lexington) NYC 

Live forro band with Eliano Braz


*** Classes Continue ON October 16 & 17, 2012 ***
To register for classes/workshops go to classes page and fill out form


SAMBA SOLO COURSE - Beginners/Advance Beginners
NOW on Tue, 10/16 - 7:00 to 8:00pm

** It's a 2 month course - From Sep 26th - Nov 21st ( No Class on Oct 31st)
Rate $140 - paid at the beginning of the course

FORRO (Non Beginners) & SAMBA DE GAFIEIRA (Beginners) CLASS

Wed, 10/17 - NOW, 7:30 to 9:30pm (2 hour class)
Rate $125 (Including two styles of dance) monthly - paid at the beginning of the course

All classes and workshops
At Ripley-Grier Studios 520 8th Ave, 16th Fl (36/37), 16 Fl. NYC Room 16-H





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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Event Thursday for Project Morrinho

Project Morrinho is a cultural project and art collective based out of a favela (squatter settlement) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Founded in 1997, the "Morrinho" (or "little hill") is a model favela made from bricks that a group of teenage boys constructed within their home favela, as a way to busy themselves, and keep out of drug trade and violence which pervaded the area. The model itself measures about 400 square meters and within this small world there are over a thousand figurines; avatars in a role-playing game that follows the rules of urban life where "bandits" and "good guys" alternate roles. The group has taken this role playing game, and turned it into hundreds of shorts films - using its unique perspective to tell stories of favela life. Since 2001, Project Morrinho has show its short films and exhibited full scale replica "Morrinhos" at art and cultural festivals throughout Europe and South America. This will be their first time showing any of their work in the United States.

There will be two events - both of which will consist of screenings of a series of Project Morrinho's short films, and a discussion panel and Q&A to follow.

The first will take place on Thursday, September 20th, at 7pm at the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts: http://brazilianendowment.org/BEA-Filmes-de-Quinta--Thursday-Films.php

And the following week Project Morrinho will present at CUNY Graduate Center on Friday, September 28th, at 6pm (see attached flier).

Project Morrinho will also be setting up meetings and touring the city looking for potential exhibition sites and sponsors, in hopes to return to NYC to put on a full scale exhibition of the Morrinho.
For more information on please visit www.morrinho.com

If you're interesting in meeting with the Project Morrinho team regarding collaborations or future exhibitions please contact melinda@morrinho.com.

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Marizete has performed, taught or lectured about Braziian dance at various events including:
  • Midsummer NIght Swing at Lincoln Center for the Diogo Nogueira concert
  • The Brazilian Family Dance featuring Liliana Araujo at the Battery Park Esplanade
  • The Brooklyn Library "Borrow a Beat" series
  • The Riverfront Swing Series for the Quarteto Olinda debut forro show at the Levitt Pavillion for the Performing Arts in Westport, CT
  • Union College in Schenectdady, NY
  • The City College of NY
  • The Ethical Culture Fieldstone School
  • The FWA (Financial Women's Association) annual event
  • American Express
  • Hunter College
  • The Churchill School
  • The Masonic Lodge
  • Fordham University
  • The Julliard School of Music
  • New York Times Travel show
  • Tribeca Brazilian Film Festival
  • SOB's
  • Brazilian Day in New York City with Manhattan Samba
  • Lafayette Grill with Bossa 5
  • NYC's Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
  • The Ballroom, Latin, and Swing Dance Center at the YMCA in North Wales, PA
  • Dallis Bros Coffee Holiday party
  • Choreographer for dance scene in performance of Nelson Rodrigues play in "The Pornographic Angel" in NYC
  • Capoeira batizados for Capoeria Angola Quintal and ASCAB Phiily Capoeira, United Nations Capoeria, as well as various clubs, private parties, many weddings, birthday parties and other events in the New York City area and beyond.
  • World Music Institute
Marizete's ongoing dance classes were featured in the magazine "Time Out New York" in the article Passport NY Brazil as well as her own story on Brazilian TV Globo's show Planeta Brazil shown in more than 50 countries.
Marizete is also the founder and organizer of the New York Samba & Forro Group since December 8, 2005 which currently has 958 members and has monthly dance events

RIO, THE #1 PLACE TO VISIT IN 2013 -New York Times

Marizete and Egídio's Presentation of Samba de Gafieira, NYC

Marizete and her friend Egídio Bento dancing at "Feira de São Cristóvão," in Rio


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