Performance at Romona International Festival

EEDS is taking our show on the road again. On March 1st we had a very fun and successful workshop and performance at the Romona International Festival at Romona Elementary School in Wilmette. I think we may have inspired some future sambista! If you want to see what we are all about, don’t forget to come to the main event, EEDS Carnaval.


Marcus Santos in Chicago this weekend

The Friday workshop will be at Quilombo and will cost $25 – there will also be a party on Saturday, December 6th at 8:30 PM at the same location (1757 N. Kimball) featuring Marcus Santos, Renato Anesi and more! You can find more info on the Facebook Event Page.


hey!  you are welcome to come check out this guy!  public workshop friday (dec. 5th) from 7-9 pm @ 1757 n. kimball ave.  let me know if you are interested.  $25.  concert and show saturday night at the same place starting at 8

percussion!  get the money in!!

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Photos from Jimmy Biala’s Workshop

1001142059So many thanks to San Francisco percussionist extraordinaire Jimmy Biala for hosting a high-energy workshop at EEDS last week. Jimmy spent some great time refining our playing techniques, and then taught us some sick new breaks to work into our batucada repertoire. We will be integrating some of them into our 2015 Carnaval performance in March. Tamborim choreography, anyone?


Thanks again to Jimmy for making the trip out – and check the EEDS Facebook Page tomorrow for a video of us in action during the workshop!1001142109a

Jimmy Biala Percussion Workshop on Wednesday (10/1) and More!


Join EEDS for a workshop with San Francisco percussionist extraordinaire Jimmy Biala. Jimmy joined us for our 4th of July parade and are happy to have him join us again. We are going to learn some new rhythms and will also be perfecting our bateria techniques. Instruments will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own as well. Invite your friends!

You don’t have to be enrolled in the current EEDS class session to join the workshop. Regular class is cancelled for this week, but we will be having a make-up session at our normal time on Wednesday, 10/8.

When: Wednesday, October 1st, 7-9pm, Please RSVP on our Facebook Event page!
Where: McGaw YMCA Skydeck (1000 Grove St, Evanston, IL)
Cost: $15
Ages: 16+

Dill Costa to present her original song in Rio de Janeiro

In other important news: EEDS’ head of dance, Dill Costa, will be heading to Rio in October to represent her original song in a competition for the official 2015 samba enredo (Carnaval song) for Mocidade Independente! Help her get there by contributing to her Gofundme site, and listen to her song below:

EEDS at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival

2013 logo Ethnic festThe time has come for some more samba and more parading! Following up on our successful 4th of July parade, EEDS is very happy to announce that we will be performing at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival on Saturday, July 19th at noon. We will be playing some of our repertoire and then leading a fun samba parade around the festival grounds. The Ethnic Arts Festival is always a ton of fun – so we hope to see you there!

When: Saturday July 19th, 12 PM Noon
Where: Centennial Park in Evanston, Sheridan Rd. at Clark St.


Check out the official EEDS 4th of July 2014 video

Maybe you have already seen this video on our Facebook Page, but we are more than happy to share it again! EEDS Videographer Michael Rhee produced this gorgeous video of our 2014 4th of July Parade. Enjoy (and be sure to watch in HD!) !

Happy 4th of July from Evanston Escola de Samba!

Hi! Welcome! Olá! Bem-Vindo! Maybe you saw us (or heard us) at the Evanston 4th of the July Parade and are hoping to learn a little bit more. We are happy to have you here! We offer dance and percussion classes for all ages and levels year-round. Stay tuned for updates on our fall schedule soon. In the meantime, keep up with us on Facebook, where you will see a lot of great 4th of July photos. We’re also on Twitter (@evanstonsamba) and Instagram! Come be a part of our samba family!



It’s Almost Parade Time!

The dancers and percussionists have been practicing furiously, while the carnavalescos have been crafting float decor in samba central. With only a few days to go, we’re almost ready for the 4th. This is sure to be our best and biggest EEDS parade ever, with not one, but TWO floats. Thanks to everyone who has helped out to make this parade a reality, we couldn’t have done it without you! We can’t wait to see you at the 4th of July parade at 2PM on Central Street in Evanston! Don’t forget to learn the lyrics to our enredo/theme song so you can sing along!


The Porta Bandeira has a new patriotic look this year!



Carnavalesco ingenuity: Before


Carnavalesco ingenuity: After!


Soccer Ball decorations


EEDS 4th of July Parade Prep Continues! Volunteers wanted!

4th of July Parade prep has been continuing along at a fierce pace. This year in particular, we are planning a big float to go along with our Soccer/Futebol themed samba enredo. There are a ton of ways you can get involved! On the day of the parade itself, Friday July 4th, we will be doing a ton of setup, so if you have that day off we would love for you to join us! The parade starts at 2 PM but we will be spending all of the morning and night before prepping! If you are interested in helping out in any of these ways send an email to!


Float Prep: If you are interested in helping out with float prep in terms of painting or constructing pieces let us know, we still have a lot of work to be done on the float decoration and everyone is welcome! if you are a construction whiz, even better.

Float Set Up: We need a ton of help actually setting up and constructing our float the day of the parade. Come help lend a hand – this part is always very fun!

Being in the Parade: Also let us know if you are interested in marching alongside in the parade or being a featured member on one of our floats. We also need two volunteers to carry our banner!

Logistics: Are you a pro at keeping everyone in line? We need a few people to help us distribute water and help with parade organization the day of.


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

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