Grupo Liberdade's sister dance company, SambAZ, is hosting the First Annual National Samba Queen Contest, "Rainha do Samba USA 2014", which includes a full weekend line-up of dance classes with master teachers, parties, and a full Samba Show and Contest open to the public.
Classes will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct 3rd - 5th at Apollo's Ballroom in Chandler, Arizona. A full schedule can be found on the Facebook Event as well as bios for the seven visiting instructors. Come for one class, or all seven!
The Samba Queen Contest is still accepting contestants for solo and teams and already has 30+ entries from around the country! Phoenicians, come cheer for your favorite contestants and dance the night away with Grupo Liberdade and DJ Potira from los Angeles. Doors open at 9:00pm. Admission is $20 at the door, and advance pre-sale tickets are available online at SambaPerformers.com.
One of our favorite dancers and teachers, Kimberly Miguel Mullen, will be returning to Arizona to help judge the contest and teach one class on Sunday, Oct 5 at 12:00 noon. Her class is sure to get to the roots and origins of the popular dance style. Check out her full Arizona residency schedule for Tucson, Sedona, and Phoenix classes.
Poranguí Returns to Holiday Favorite, Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix (VIDEO)
As the Desert Botanical Garden celebrates its 75th anniversary, we invite you to join us this holiday season as we bring Las Noches de las Luminarias and Chihuly in the Garden together! Each night of Luminaria, the Garden will come to life with the soft glow from more than 8,000 hand lit Luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and Chihuly’s vibrant works of glass art. Sip on hot apple cider as you walk the trails and encounter the Valley’s favorite musicians and entertainers including Poranguí. Bring your whole family for this magical winter delight!
Poranguí’s Performance Dates: Dec 6th - 12th, 19th - 23rd, and 29th - 31st
Look for him on the "Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail".
More details and to purchase your tickets in advance visit: http://www.dbg.org/events-exhibitions/las-noches-de-las-luminarias
Check out this video of Porangui’s performance last year at Luminaria- and if you like it, share it! (Make sure to listen with headphones if on your computer or phone - makes a world of a difference!) http://youtu.be/AR0TVmpi500
Saturday, Nov 16 at 7:00pm (8:00pm Show)
Brasil Fest AZ 2012 is this Friday night, Sept 21 in downtown Phoenix! Do you have your discounted presale tickets yet? Check out all the details at www.BrasilAZ.com and invite your friends for a night to be remembered!
Want a little taste of what's in store on Friday? Check out the new promo video from the BrasilAZ team. Remember to "like" it and share the love with your friends!
Friday, Sept 21st, 2012 :: 8:00pm - 2:00am :: 21+ Event
Monarch Theatre :: 122 E. Washington St. :: Downtown Phoenix
Check out www.BrasilAZ.com for the line up and discounted presale tickets!
Live Performances By: Grupo Liberdade, Batucaxé, SambAZ Dancers, Capoeira Brasil AZ
Authentic Brasilian Food by Val’s Catering
Traditional Brasilian Drinks and Specials
VIP Tables with Bottle Service by Reservation
Prizes for Sexiest Samba Dancer
Live art by Tariqu Sabur
Giveaways, Merchandise, and More!
Join Grupo Liberdade and the SambAZ Dancers at some of our favorite venues this weekend and next for a booty-shakin good time!
11:00am - 12:30pm in the Main Courtyard
Grupo Liberdade will be performing with the SambAZ dancers as part of MIM's Experience Brazil Day taking place from 10:00am - 5:00pm. In addition to live music and dance, MIM will host drumming workshops, capoeira demonstrations, exhibit tours, lectures, Brazilian cuisine, and more! Admission for the event is included with regular museum admission and is open to all ages. For tickets, information, and a schedule for the day, visit: http://www.themim.org/events-programs/events
Festival: 12:00 - 5:00pm, Grupo Liberdade: 1:00 - 1:30pm
All ages and Free!
We are excited to perform with our SambAZ dancers for this festival, so bring your families and enjoy the day at Tempe Beach Park! MY Fest is a FREE music, art, entertainment and youth involvement festival hosted by MY LIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment) to raise awareness about mental health, substance abuse, foster care and other issues facing youth and young adults. MY Fest ’12 will feature live music, a break dancing stage and crew competition, entertainers, artists, food, youth groups, and a variety of youth and family-based organizations offering information, resources and services.
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Celebrate the essence of the margarita and the spirit of the southwest at the 10th Annual Agave on the Rocks at the Desert Botanical Garden. Savor an evening of gourmet eats prepared by the Valley’s best restaurants & caterers and Samba under the stars to vibrant Latin rhythms. Food, margarita, and tequila tasting are included in admission.
For more information and ticketing, visit: http://www.dbg.org/shop/events-exhibitions/agave-on-the-rocks-3-30-12
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