Register for Summer 2013 Classes and participate in our 4th of July Parade

Hey sambistas, it is time to register for Summer 2013 classes! Join the Evanston Escola de Samba for a summer of dance and percussion as we prepare for our major event of the year: The Evanston 4th of July Parade! This year we have some great things in store as we celebrate Evanston’s 150th anniversary, as well as EEDS’ 10th anniversary.

We have many different ways to participate in the parade this year – everyone can participate, young and old! You can register for our summer percussion and dance classes, but if you do not wish to take classes, you can also participate as a parade member or volunteer.


Summer 2013 Session Classes

EEDS Dance Classes – with Dill Costa
Three Sessions:
June 2nd, 3-4:30pm at Levy Center in Evanston (300 Dodge Ave., Evanston IL 60202)
June 23rd, 11-1pm at MIC West Campus (2008 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202)
July 3rd Technical Rehearsal, 6-8pm at MIC West Campus.
Tuition: $40 ($25 for College Students with valid ID)

Uniforms/Costumes for the Parade: Dancers will be provided with costumes. A costume fee may be added, depending upon the costume worn and whether the costume is borrowed or kept afterwards. Costumes will include traditional passista costumes, and fun costumes made specifically for the parade.

EEDS Percussion Classes – with Reed Flygt 
Four Sessions:
June 12th, 19th, and 26th at MIC West Campus (2008 Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202)
(6:00pm Beginners, 7:00pm Advanced)
July 3rd Technical Rehearsal, 6-8pm at MIC West Campus.
Tuition: $50 ($25 for College Students with valid ID)

Parade Uniform: All Percussionists must wear following:
  • EEDS Official Bateria Shirts ($20 donation – not included in tuition)
  • White Fedora Hats ($8 donation – not included in tuition)
  • White Pants, skirt or shorts (participants must provide their own)

All registered students are invited to participate in the parade, but their participation will be based on skill level. They will be assigned specific roles by Head of Percussion Reed Flygt or by Head of Dance Dill Costa.

How to Register:

Register for dance and percussion classes online on our registration site (we accept Paypal and Credit Cards) 

We encourage all participants not registered for classes to make a donation (suggested $15) to EEDS in support of this effort for which they will receive an EEDS cotton t-shirt.

Other Ways to Participate in the Parade

Even if you can’t register for class – you can still be in the EEDS 4th of July parade!

“Ala of friends”:  In the Carnaval Parade in Rio, each Samba Schools has a “Ala of Friends” that marches in the parade with the bateria and dancers. Come show your support for EEDS and join our parade. All participants in this group wear the Samba School shirt, white pants/skirt/shorts and hat.
Cost is $20 donation for the EEDS cotton T-shirt. 

Parade Volunteers: Volunteers must attend the July 3rd Technical Rehearsal.

  • 8 volunteers are needed to walk alongside the wings.
  • 2-3 videographers/photographers to record the event.
  • 2 volunteers are needed to distribute our fan handouts alongside the parade route.

Volunteers receive an EEDS cotton T-shirt for their participation!

How to Participate:

Please contact Evanston Escola de Samba at if you are interested in participating, either as a volunteer or as part of the “Ala of friends.” Everyone is welcome! You can contribute your “Ala of Friends” donation online (we accept Paypal and Credit Cards)