Register now for EEDS Percussion – Fall Classes start September 3!

july4.2 (2 of 2)Fall is almost here and Evanston Escola de Samba is ready to welcome in the new season! Why don’t you join us for some percussion classes?

BEGINNER BATERIA (5 weeks) [register here]

Dates: Wednesdays, September 3 to October 1
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Description: This class introduces to Brazilian percussion styles through focused lessons on the tamborim and the surdo. It is appropriate for students just beginning with Brazilian percussion, as well as advanced students wanting to refine their skills on certain instruments.

 ADVANCED PERFORMANCE BATERIA (5 weeks) [register here]

Dates: Wednesdays, September 3 to October 1
Time: 7:00 – 8:20 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Description: This class brings together all the instruments in a full Brazilian bateria, with a focus on advanced playing techniques, new rhythms, and refining the coordination between all of the instruments. Previous experience with Brazilian percussion is required, and this class is open to students who have already completed the “Beginner Bateria” class, or have participated in EEDS Performance Bateria previously.
COST:
$50 for 5 Weeks
or $12 per class (includes both intro and advanced classes)
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Please help with our survey – EEDS Classes Start September 3!

EEDS is currently considering altering its membership and payment structure for our next set of classes, beginning Wednesday, September 3. Help us make our classes the best they can be by filling out this membership and class survey. It is totally anonymous, and will take less than five minutes to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PP5B395
We will use the results of this survey to provide the best possible value and structure for class payments for all our members. Your help is appreciated! And of course, mark your calendars for our next set of classes, listed below.

BEGINNER BATERIA (5 weeks)

Dates: Wednesdays, September 3 to October 1
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Cost: TBD
Description: This class introduces to Brazilian percussion styles through focused lessons on the tamborim and the surdo. It is appropriate for students just beginning with Brazilian percussion, as well as advanced students wanting to refine their skills on certain instruments.

ADVANCED PERFORMANCE BATERIA (5 weeks)

Dates: Wednesdays, September 3 to October 1
Time: 7:00 – 8:20 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Cost: TBD
Description: This class brings together all the instruments in a full Brazilian bateria, with a focus on advanced playing techniques, new rhythms, and refining the coordination between all of the instruments. Previous experience with Brazilian percussion is required, and this class is open to students who have already completed the “Beginner Bateria” class, or have participated in EEDS Performance Bateria previously.

Calling all sambistas and friends: Come join our 4th of July Parade!

The big EEDS 4th of July parade is less than 3 weeks away – but there’s still time to join! Our 3-week Bateria Bootcamp starts tomorrow, Wednesday the 18th at 6:30 PM, and registration is still open for all percussionists (all levels welcome and instruments provided)! If you don’t want to play in the bateria, we are also looking for volunteers to help and people who just want to march alongside and have a good time on Friday, July 4th! If you are interested in volunteering or marching in the parade with us, shoot us an e-mail at Evanstonsamba@gmail.com

And while you’re at it, why not review some of our repertoire!

Register now for a four-week samba class with Dill Costa!

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Dill Costa, EEDS Head of Dance, as the Rainha da Bateria at our 2013 4th of July Parade Spectacular

Want to add some Brazilian samba to your summer? Then join EEDS Head of Dance, the legendary Dill Costa, for an intensive and fun four-class samba dance workshop on Saturdays in June. In this class, you will learn the dances for the EEDS 4th of July parade, samba steps, techniques and more! Register Here.

While you are at it – why not check out our Kickstarter page and help support our 4th of July Parade!

Dates: Saturdays, June 7th to 28th (4 weeks)
Time: 12:10 pm – 1 pm
Location: Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL
Instructor: Dill Costa
Cost: $50 ($30 for students with ID, ages 16+) If you would like to attend a single class the drop-in rate is $15 per class
*Free parking in the lot on the west side of the building near main entrance
*Please note that the dance class is ages 16 and up

Advanced Bateria Classes Begin May 7 – Register Now!

Join an intensive 9-week section of dedicated percussionists as we prepare YOU to be part of our 2014 4th of July Spectacular. There is nothing like it!

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The bateria getting ready for our 2013 4th of July Parade. Photo by Laura Hamm.

 

ADVANCED PERFORMANCE BATERIA (9 weeks)
Register here!
Dates: Wednesdays, May 7 to July 2
Time: 6:30 – 8:20 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Cost: $160 per person; $100 for students with ID; $75 per additional family member
Description:  In this class students will get an brief introduction to percussion instruments in a bateria group in preparation for for our enormous 4th of July Parade this summer in Evanston. Rehearsals will be nearly 2 hours every week (6:30-8:20 pm). All levels of enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. We are also excited to offer specific scholarships to offset tuition!! If you have any questions simply contact Reed Flygt (reedflygt@gmail.com).

EEDS Luisa Maita Ticket Giveaway

Class starts tomorrow – join us for a new 5-week session of percussion! To celebrate our new session, we are offering a giveaway for two tickets to the Luisa Maita concert on April 5th at Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse, Chicago) at 9 PM. Not only does the concert feature Luisa Maita, but also friends of EEDS Silvia Manrique and Luciano Antonio. Luisa Maita is a rising star in Brazilian music so the concert is sure to be a lot of fun.

How to enter? It’s easy, enter the giveaway here on Rafflecopter. You can earn up to 14 entries by completing simple tasks like liking EEDS on Facebook, tweeting about the giveaway, and you can even earn extra points for being enrolled in class. The only requirement is to join our mailing list (if you are already on it – this one’s a freebie!). You can complete as many or as few other entries as you would like. It says you have to log into Rafflecopter, but you just need to enter your name and e-mail so we can contact you if you win.

The contest opens right now, and closes Friday at 11:59 PM, so hurry! The winner will be notified by e-mail and put on the guest list. Tell all your friends!

EEDS’ Next Class Session Begins April 2 – Register Now!

Join EEDS for our next slate of percussion classes, for children and adults. This is the opportunity for beginners to get started in the EEDS Bateria, or for experienced members to hone their skills. See you all there!

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Photo by Heather Marie.

INTRODUCTION TO BRAZILIAN PERCUSSION (5 weeks)
Register here!
Dates: Wednesdays, April 2 to April 30
Time: 7 – 8:20 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Cost: $85 per person; $50 for students with ID; $75 per additional family member
Description:  In this class students will get an introduction to percussion instruments in a bateria group, and learn the basics of each instrument such as caixa, surdo, tamborim and agogo. All levels of enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions simply contact Reed Flygt (reedflygt@gmail.com).

CHILDREN’S BATERIA (5 weeks) – Register here!
Dates: Wednesdays, April 2 to April 30
Time: 6 – 6:50 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Cost: $75 per person
Description:  Join Evanston Escola de Samba in a fun and enriching children’s class where we make music and learn about the different instruments of the bateria. The children’s group is open to all children 6 years and up, simply contact Reed Flygt (reedflygt@gmail.com). Parents are encouraged to register as well. The children’s bateria is also composed of current EEDS members.

EEDS 6-week Brazilian Dance Class starts February 1!

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It’s Carnaval season! Come join us for a fun, energetic class that will help get rid of the cold winter blahs as you learn to move your body along with the tropical rhythms of Brazil!

Brazilian Dance (6 weeks) – Register Here

Dates: Saturdays, February 1st to March 8th (6 weeks)
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Location: Levy Center
300 Dodge Ave
Evanston, IL
Instructor: Ariel Barbick
Cost: $75 for all sessions ($15 for each drop-in)
If you bring a friend for the full session, you each get $5 off registration.
Class Description:
In this class we will explore many different styles of Brazilian dance such as samba, batucada, olodum, axé and forró. Wear comfortable workout clothing and comfortable shoes such as dance gym shoes, jazz shoes, socks or regular gym shoes. Heels are not recommended. Bring a small towel and water bottle. We are going to sweat!!
*Free parking in the lot on the west side of the building near main entrance
*Please note for dance class – ages 16 and up

EEDS Children’s Percussion class starts next week, Jan 29th!

Image 18_595Samba is fun for the whole family – bring your kids/grandkids/neices/nephews/etc. aged 6 and up for our children’s percussion class. No experience necessary and instruments will be provided for class.

CHILDREN’S BATERIA (7 weeks) – Register here!
Dates: Wednesdays, January 29th to March 12th
Time: 6- 6:50 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt (reedflygt@gmail.com)
Cost: $75 per person

Class Description:
Join Evanston Escola de Samba in a fun and enriching children’s class where we make music and learn about the different instruments of the bateria. The children’s group is open to all children 6 years and up, simply contact Reed Flygt (reedflygt@gmail.com). Parents are encouraged to register as well. The children’s bateria is also composed of current EEDS members.

EEDS Dance and Percussion classes start tomorrow, Jan 8!

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Our next session of classes starts tomorrow, come join us for some Brazilian dance and percussion and warm up this winter!

Percussion Classes

ADVANCED BATERIA (10 weeks) – Register here!
Dates: Wednesdays, January 8th to March 12th
Time: 7 – 8:20 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt (reedflygt@gmail.com)
Cost: $140 per person; $85 for students with ID; $75 per additional family member

Dance Classes

SAMBA DANCE WORKSHOP WITH DILL COSTA (3 weeks) – Register here!
Dates: Wednesdays, January 8th to January 22nd
Time: 6 – 7:00 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Dill Costa
Cost: $40 per person