It may be only May, but we are getting ready for the 4th of July. Register for classes now (classes start June 2nd) so you can be a part of the main event. One major part of our 4th of July Parade is its Brazilian Samba dance component, which will be led this year by the inimitable Dill Costa! We are so excited to work with Dill, and we encourage everyone to take EEDS samba dance classes with her this summer.
Raised in Rio de Janeiro, Dill (pronounced ‘Jill’) is an expert in samba dance and performance. As a regular dancer in some of Brazil’s best known Escolas de Samba (Samba ‘Schools’) — groups of hundreds of musicians and dancers in one of the greatest festivals on Earth — Dill represents the authentic Carnaval music that is part of Brazil’s rich musical legacy. She has held many titles in samba schools including ‘Queen of the Percussion Section’.
Dill, for 32 years, has participated in various parades in different Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro, such as: GRES Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel, GRES Uniao Da Ilha do Governador, GRES. Unidos da Tijuca, GRES. Estacio de Sa. GRES. Unidos do Viradouro, GRES. Beija Flor de Nilopolis, GRES. Unidos de Padre Miguel, GRES. Porto Da Pedra, GRES. Unidos de Vila Isabel, GRES. Paraiso Do Tuiuti, GRES. Resancer de Jacarepagua, GRES. Sao Clemente, among others.
Besides samba, Dill is an expert in jazz, tap, modern, and folk dance of Brazil. She was an instructor of Brazilian regional dance forms for many years.