EEDS 4th of July Wrap-Up and Thank Yous

For the fourth time in six years, the Evanston Escola de Samba was awarded 1st place in the Performance category at the Evanston 4th of July Parade! This is our fifth consecutive award from the parade judges. Our dynasty-in-the-making is the product of hard work from so many people, and we want to thank them all.

First, thanks again to anyone and everyone who contributed to our successful Kickstarter campaign. None of this could happen without your support, and we thank you!

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Each year, scores of dancers, musicians and volunteers that make everything possible. They all give freely of their time and energy, and they continue to be the backbone of this organization. Special gratitude to the EEDS parade committee: Rachel Goc, Richard Adams, Lindsay Fullerton, and Matthew Rarey for spearheading the design of the float and costumes, and to the endlessly talented Dill Costa for choreographing a stellar performance in front of the judges. And of course, EEDS could not exist without the leadership of our executive director, Jessica Anzaldua, and our mestre da bateria, Reed Flygt and his partner-in-crime Peter Korajczyk. The drummers sounded better this year than they ever have, and we have their endless energy to thank!

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Thanks as always to the amazing Dill Costa, our head of dance and rainha da bateria, who crafted and choreographed our stellar alas of passitas and baianas. So many dancers come to EEDS from Dill’s classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and we hope to see you all year after year. The always-energetic Edilson Lima deserves special thanks for volunteering his time to the parade, and as always, a shout-out to our wonderful mestre-sala and porta-bandeira, Etienne Montanez and Zenaida Saez, who carry the EEDS flag proudly.

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Our bateria would never sound as good as it does without Reed Flygt, our fearless mestre. Special thanks to our Lane Tech bateria members, who brought so much fun and spirit to classes and the performance. It goes without saying how much everyone at EEDS loves our friends from Bloco Maximo who give our bateria extra swing.

Volunteers make everything better. Our float this year came from the brains of the EEDS parade committee, built with the labor of so many great EEDS members and volunteers: including Eudald Lerga, Nate Cornish, and Rita Sacay. Ramiro, Jeff, Raymond Rarey, and Barbara Goc also deserve extra credit for their help on parade day.

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Finally, a thanks those who helped us record this fabulous event: our photographer, Mike Goc, and our videographer, Michael Rhee. In the coming days, we’ll be posting lots of photos and videos from the parade so you can catch some glimpses of our award-winning performance. If you have any photos you would like to share – email them to evanstonsamba@gmail.com. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more info on classes, workshops, and events (as well as some generally awesome photo updates). The 4th of July is just the beginning! Stay Tuned!

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Evanston Fourth of July Parade… Featuring Evanston Escola de Samba!

The EEDS 2014 4th of July parade was not quite 2 weeks ago, but we are already feeling nostalgic, looking at these amazing photos by Heather Marie Chicago! Looking forward to the 4th of July next year already.

Photos by Heather Marie

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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!) !

EEDS 4th of July Parade Wrap-Up and Thank Yous

We’re going to say it. Yesterday, along Central Street in downtown Evanston, the Evanston Escola de Samba put on the largest and most spectacular samba parade Chicagoland has ever seen. With two prominent floats, thirty fabulous dancers, forty-five enthusiastic percussionists, and a trio of talented singers, this show was hard to beat. The parade judges agreed. For the third time in as many years, EEDS goes home with one of three overall Evanston 4th of July Parade awards: the coveted Chief Judge’s Award for Special Merit.

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Dill Costa and the EEDS passistas performing in front of the parade judges. Photo by Heather Marie.

As always, so many people worked so hard to make this parade happen this year. We first must recognize anyone and everyone who contributed to our successful Kickstarter campaign. Quite literally, none of this could happen without your support, and we thank you.

Each year, scores of dancers, musicians and volunteers that make everything possible. We want to express special gratitude to the EEDS parade committee: Carol Greene, Lindsay Fullerton, Matthew Rarey, Rachel Goc, Richard Adams, Rita Sacay, and Dill Costa for helping to conceive of the parade and working so tirelessly over the past month to get it done. And of course, EEDS could not exist without the leadership of our executive director, Jessica Anzaldua, and our mestre da bateria, Reed Flygt. They bring so much energy and hard work to the organization, and it shows!  And a special kudos to Peter Korajczyk for getting our bateria ready and leading in the weeks before the parade.

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The EEDS Bateria taking it to Central Street. Photo by Heather Marie.

Thanks as always to the amazing Dill Costa, our head of dance and rainha da bateria, who crafted and choreographed our best dance sections ever. So many dancers come to EEDS from Dill’s classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and we hope to see you all year after year. Special thanks also to the members of Grupo Axé Capoeira – we will always consider you part of the EEDS family. And as always, a special shout-out to our wonderful mestre-sala and porta-bandeira, Zenaida Saez and Jaime Angeles, who carry the EEDS flag proudly. Thanks to Kirsty Montgomery who made our Porta Bandeira’s costume sparkle. Finally, our performing singers and cavaquinho players were amazing: John Beard, Rachel Goc, and David Chelimsky. You guys bring the energy!

Our bateria would never sound as good as it does without Reed Flygt, our fearless mestre. Special thanks to our Lane Tech bateria members, who brought so much fun and spirit to classes and the performance. It goes without saying how much everyone at EEDS loves our friends from Bloco Maximo who give our bateria extra swing. Thanks also to visiting percussionists Jimmy Biala and Yuko Tamura for bringing their talents to the bateria. And finally, we were thrilled this year to welcome Rosemberge dos Reis from GRES Imperatriz Leopoldinense in Rio de Janeiro to perform with our bateria: we hope you return to Chicago soon, and that we can return the favor in Rio!

 

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The EEDS Soccer Float, featuring a six-foot inflatable soccer ball!

 

Volunteers make everything better. We had two floats this year, designed in their entirety by the parade committee, and built with their own labor and that of so many great EEDS members and volunteers: Eudald Lerga, Nate Cornish, Sariah Noel, and Rosa Anzaldua; and our float performers, Randy Weade, Brenda Weade, Colin Fitzpatrick, Victor, Zayoni, Maria Elena, and Will. Sarah Dandelles, Chris Hasselbring, Jack Hasselbring, and the rest of the Hasselbring clan also deserve extra credit for their help on parade day.

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Our porta-bandeira, mestre-sala, and EEDS passistas showing off their costumes. Photo by Heather Marie.

Finally, a thanks those who helped us record this fabulous event: our official photographer, Heather Marie, and our videographer, Michael Rhee. In addition, we were thrilled to welcome Any Guelmann all the way from New York in her choice to make EEDS the focus of her artistic practice for a few days. In the coming days, we’ll be posting lots of photos and videos from the parade so you can catch some glimpses of our award-winning performance. If you have any photos you would like to share – email them to evanstonsamba@gmail.com. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more info on classes, workshops, and events (as well as some generally awesome photo updates). The 4th of July is just the beginning! Stay Tuned!

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!

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The Porta Bandeira has a new patriotic look this year!

 

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Carnavalesco ingenuity: Before

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Carnavalesco ingenuity: After!

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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 evanstonsamba@gmail.com!

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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.

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Register for Summer Percussion Classes and join our parade!

Hey sambistas! Join the Evanston Escola de Samba as we prepare for our major event of the year: The Evanston 4th of July Parade (which is less than one month away)! Join EEDS percussion classes to learn the music for our parade – and be a part of it! Returning members and newbies of all skill levels are welcome. Or, if you don’t want to drum there are other ways to get involved.ReedBateria

Summer 2014 Session Classes

EEDS Parade Percussion Bateria Bootcamp – Register Here
In this class you will learn the samba parade percussion! All instruments will be provided – all levels are welcome.

Three Sessions:
Wednesdays June 18- through July 2nd, 6:30-8:20 PM at the McGaw YMCA
Tuition: $50 ($35 for College Students, High School students contact Reed Flygt for more information)

For the 4th of July parade: All percussionists must wear following:

  • EEDS official Bateria Shirts ($20-Not included in tuition)
  • White pants, skirt or shorts (participants must provide their own)

Bateria Bootcamp Note: If you are already registered for the 9-week advanced percussion class that started on May 7, you are already automatically enrolled in the bootcamp, you don’t need to register twice!

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Other Ways to Participate in the 4th of July Parade
Even if you can’t register for class – you can still be in the EEDS 4th of July parade! Please contact Evanston Escola de Samba at evanstonsamba@gmail.com if you are interested in participating, either as a volunteer or as part of the “Ala of friends.” 

“Ala of friends”:  In the Carnaval Parade in Rio, each Samba Schools has a “Ala (English: wing) of Friends” that marches in the parade with the bateria and dancers. All participants in this group wear the Samba School shirt, white pants/skirt/shorts and hat and parade alongside us! All you need to join is to buy an EEDS cotton T-Shirt!

Volunteers: We need volunteers to help pass out water and assist with parade spacing, as well as 2-3 videographers/photographers to record the event. Volunteers will receive EEDS swag!

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.

Our 2014 samba-enredo will be released tomorrow!

Samba fans, it is that time, at long last! Our 2014 4th of July Spectacular is one month from today, and we are so excited about what will be our best parade ever. If you are getting excited, you can still help support our volunteer and community-driven parade on Kickstarter, as well as join our summer dance class session beginning Saturday!

But tomorrow is the big reveal: we will be announcing our official theme, official parade song (samba-enredo), and our own logo for this year’s parade. Want a hint as to what it might be? This may give a hint.

Keep the Party Going with EEDS!

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Rainha de Bateria, Dill Costa and EEDS Bateria, Photo by Laura Hamm

Evanston Escola de Samba’s 2013 4th of July Parade was a great success. Everyone did a fabulous job – and now we have the photographs and videos to show for it! Check out both of our photo albums on Facebook for some amazing pictures. However the 4th of July parade is just the beginning for EEDS, and we would love for you to join us for these upcoming events and classes.

We are having a music-filled 10th anniversary party for EEDS on Friday, July 26th from 7 to 10 PM and you are all invited, more details to follow shortly.

Moreover, if you had a great time participating in or watching the 4th of July Parade stay tuned for our Fall dance and percussion class offerings, which will start in September. Keep watching our Facebook page and blog for more updates, photos and videos! Samba on!

 

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Rainha de Bateria, Mestre Sala and EEDS Passistas, Photo by Laura Hamm