The Vanguard
The Vanguard Committee is the first wing of the Samba School. It leads the parade down the avenue with its own exclusive show and costume, announcing the theme storyline to be presented. On average it has ten to twelve participants.

The Standard Bearer
The Standard Bearer is a very important celebrity, being the woman who carries the supreme symbol of the Samba School. She is the solitary, graceful dancer that follows the Vanguard Committee at the beginning of the School’s presentation. She glides diagonally, carrying the School’s symbol for the public and the jury to see, to the sound of much applause.

Another standout is the couple made up of the Ballroom Master and the Flag-Bearer. This couple dances together constantly, through synchronized movements and a variety of different dance steps. The Flag Bearer is in charge of leading the Samba School’s pageant in an elegant and dignified manner. The Flag Bearer’s companion, the Ballroom Master, is responsible for protecting it.

The best samba dancers are the standouts called passistas. They dance in couples, frenetically performing the traditional and Read More
The Vanguard
The Vanguard Committee is the first wing of the Samba School. It leads the parade down the avenue with its own exclusive show and costume, announcing the theme storyline to be presented. On average it has ten to twelve participants.

The Standard Bearer
The Standard Bearer is a very important celebrity, being the woman who carries the supreme symbol of the Samba School. She is the solitary, graceful dancer that follows the Vanguard Committee at the beginning of the School’s presentation. She glides diagonally, carrying the School’s symbol for the public and the jury to see, to the sound of much applause.

Another standout is the couple made up of the Ballroom Master and the Flag-Bearer. This couple dances together constantly, through synchronized movements and a variety of different dance steps. The Flag Bearer is in charge of leading the Samba School’s pageant in an elegant and dignified manner. The Flag Bearer’s companion, the Ballroom Master, is responsible for protecting it.

The best samba dancers are the standouts called passistas. They dance in couples, frenetically performing the traditional and demanding art of dancing the samba.

The Wing
The wings are made up of members wearing the same costume, representing one specific segment in the theme storyline presented. Symbolically, they make up the "body" of the Samba School, and anyone can belong, simply by buying a costume. A large wing may include over one hundred members.

The most traditional wing of the Samba School is made up of women from the state of Baia who perform a specific dance in which they swirl around with their arms waving in the air. Symbolically, these women represent the archetypal mother, respected for their years and responsibilities, always ready to help out, an important familial reference.

The Floats
The floats are the allegorical settings for viewing the parts of the story-theme narrated during the parade and sung in the theme samba. They are so large that some members, known as float standouts, parade on them. These vehicles move down the avenue by human strength alone, pushed along by the School’s crew during the entire show.

Percussion
The percussion section is the group of people who play percussion instruments and set the rhythm for the theme samba. In the carnival world, it is the heart, or soul, of the Samba School. They perform in parade with about 250 members, called percussionists, and play six or seven different types of percussion instruments.

The Public
In the bleachers, the public vibrate to the tune of the parade. The public participates by singing and dancing, as they watch the School parades go by. Fans usually support one specific Samba School, cheering for it and wearing its colors.

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The vanguard

The vanguard leads the samba school parade.

Beto Nascente

© Beto Nascente, Brazil


The Standard Bearer

The standard bearer is a celebrity.

Beto Nascente

© Beto Nascente, Brazil


Ballroom Master

The standard bearer is accompanied by the ballroom master.

Beto Nascente

© Beto Nascente, Brazil


The passistas

The best samba dancers are the passistas.

Beto Nascente

© Beto Nascente, Brazil


Dance

Samba "Que papel é esse"

Samba "What role is this"

Museu de Porto Alegre Joaquim José Felizardo

© 1998, Museu de Porto Alegre Joaquim José Felizardo


Wing

The wing of a samba school.

Leonel de Souza

© Leonel de Souza, Brazil


A float

A float in the Carnival.

Beto Nascente

© Beto Nascente, Brazil


Percussionists

Percussionists in the Carnival.

Beto Nascente

© Beto Nascente, Brazil


Baian Women

Baian women perform a traditional dance.

Beto Nascente

© Beto Nascente, Brazil


Buda da Candinha- Nego Llton da Candinha- Tarboa- Michael da Candinha- Flavinho Balaca

© S. B. C. Filhos da Candinha


Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Relate some traditions associated with the Brazilian Carnival, Porto Alegre
  • Explore the role of music and dance in Brazilian culture
  • Examine ways in which the arts are influenced by local and global culture

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