Class with Jimmy Biala and Final Day for Kickstarter

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This Wednesday EEDS has a special opportunity! Friend of EEDS and master percussionist Jimmy Biala will be leading a special percussion class. Jimmy joined us for our 4th of July parade in past years and are happy to have him in town 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. All are welcome. Invite your friends!

When: Wednesday, June 17, 7-9pm, Please RSVP on our Facebook Event page!
Where: SRBCC (4048 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL)
Cost: $15 for the public, $10 for EEDS members
Ages: 16+

Today is also the final day to support our Kickstarter – help us make a final push!

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EEDS February Class and Carnaval Updates

We just wanted to post a few updates about what has been going on at EEDS in the past month. First, we are happy to report that we have been voted as semifinalists for the category of Cultural Institution in the Brazilian Press Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!
0225152031cAnother big update is that we have been holding classes in the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage in Chicago), and we are loving to roomy new space. Our percussion classes are all drop in – so feel free to join us any Wednesday 7-8:30 PM.
classMost importantly, EEDS is getting ready for a Carnaval celebration on Saturday, March 28, and you are all invited. There will music, capoeira, food, drinks, dancing, and more!. Be sure to RSVP on Facebook! We will have two classes with noted percussionist Jorge Alabê the week before Carnaval, March 25th and 27th. Stay tuned for more details!

EEDS Carnaval Percussion Classes start February 4 in CHICAGO!

Samba fans, EEDS is coming to Chicago! Join us for our next class session, beginning Wednesday, February 4th, as we begin our new residency partnership with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. In this intensive 8-week session, students will learn Rio-style percussion techniques and patterns in preparation for our major Carnaval show on March 28th, which will feature Master Drummer and Percussionist Jorge Alabê.

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CARNAVAL PERCUSSION (8 weeks)

Dates: Wednesdays February 4th to March 25th
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 W Armitage, Chicago
Instructor: Reed Flygt
If you have any questions about these classes contact Reed Flygt (reedflygt@gmail.com).
Registration Fees:
$85 for 8 weeks (payable by check or cash on the first day of the session), or pay-as-you-go for $12 per class. Pay by credit card on our Paypal Donation Page.

EEDS Fall 2014 (Session 2) Percussion Class Schedule

Hey EEDS friends and family – our second session of Fall 2014 percussion classes is up: Register here ! We have percussion classes for both beginners and more advanced students. You can sign up for an entire session, or just drop in for a class or two. All instruments provided!

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BEGINNER BATERIA (8 weeks) [Register here]

Dates: Wednesdays October 22nd to December 17th
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 (8 weeks) [Register here]

Dates: Wednesdays, October 22nd to December 17th
Time: 7:00 – 8:20 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Skydeck South Room, 2nd Floor, Evanston
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Description: (Ages 16+) 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.
If you have any questions about these classes contact Reed Flygt (reedflygt@gmail.com).
Registration Fees:
$85 for 8 Weeks
or $12 per class (includes BOTH intro and advanced classes)**PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASS on Wed. November 26th**

Dance Classes
Fall session dance classes will be announced soon!

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!

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

Ring in 2014 with EEDS Music and Dance Classes!

2014 is almost here – and it’s time to gear up for a new session of Evanston Escola de Samba percussion and dance classes! Information about cost and registration policies will be up shortly – but for now – be sure to keep these dates in mind.
If you have any questions, please email us: evanstonsamba@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in class!
Percussion Classes
Advanced Bateria (10 weeks)
Wednesdays, January 8th to March 12th
7 – 8:20 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Evanston, Skydeck Room, 2nd Floor.

Class Description: 
Join Evanston Escola de Samba as we prepare for our Carnaval Performance in March. You will learn the fundamentals of Rio Style Batucada, 2 samba de enredos, and a unique samba reggae arrangement that will culminate with two mandatory performance opportunities. All levels of enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. If you have not previously participated in an EEDS advanced bateria class, simply contact Reed Flygt (reedflygt@gmail.com) to discuss your level of experience. The final decision is up to the bateria director.

Children’s Bateria (7 weeks)
Wednesdays, January 22nd to March 12th
6- 6:50 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Evanston, Skydeck Room, 2nd Floor.


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.

Dance Classes
We are thrilled to offer two exciting dance class offerings in the spring. Stay tuned for further information (rates, registrations) and class descriptions, but please keep these dates in mind:
Three workshop mini-session with Dill Costa
Wednesdays, January 8, 15, and 22.
6- 7:00 pm
Location: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Street, Evanston, Skydeck Room, 2nd floor.
Introduction to Samba Dance with Ariel Barbick
January 29-March 12 (7 weeks, time and location TBD).