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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GREATEST TIME!!

EEDS 2015

Hello Everyone!!  Thanks again for a great parade!!  I had a blast!!  From my point of view this was the best parade that I have been part of!!  Thank you for that!!  We are getting better every time!!  WOO!!!  Special shout out to Dill Costa for making the dancing so beautiful!!

Huge special shout out for Matt and Lindsay!!  It is sad to say but that may have been their last 4th of july parade with EEDS!!  Hopefully we will see them again!!  We are meeting this wednesday to hang out at SRBCC and organize drums AND SHOWER MATT AND LINDSAY WITH LOVE!!  Please come through.
The rest of the summer:
  • July 8th – Hang Session 7 pm
  • July 25th – 2-4 pm free workshop at The Wire (6815 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL – 60402) and then evening show with Fatbook.  I will be leading an open community workshop for all ages where we will cover some basics and learn an arrangement that we will perform with Fatbook that evening.  More information to be announced.
  • NO OTHER CLASSES IN AUGUST
  • September 2nd – Tentative Start Date for Fall classes!!  YES!!!
  • September 13th (SUNDAY) – Streets Alive performance in Evanston.  1pm.
  • September 17,18, 19  – Workshops with Dudu Fuentes in Chicago (Bateria Quilombola)
  • September 20th (SUNDAY).  Willy Street Parade in Madison, WI.  10:30 am.  Perform with the Handphibians.
 That is it for now!!
ON AND EVER FORWARD!!
-Reed

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!

Carnaval 2014 was a great success! Thank you!

Thank you all so much! Muito obrigado! Our 2014 Carnaval celebration went off with out a hitch on Saturday! It was so wonderful to see everyone together dancing, singing, playing music and having a wonderful time. Samba knows no borders and we were so happy to bring a little piece of Brazilian Carnaval to Chicago. A big thank you for everyone who attended and helped make Carnaval 2014 such a success! We love you all and hope to see you at another event or class soon! Keep your eyes on our blog and Facebook page in the coming days for updates on our Spring classes as well as info about our 2014 Samba-Enredo.

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Special thanks to.:

  • Our inimitable leaders: Bateria Director Reed Flygt, Executive Director Jessica Anzaldua and Board President Matt Rarey
  • The EEDS Board of Directors and everyone who helped volunteer at the event, special shout-outs to John Beard, Lindsay Fullerton, Carol Greene, Caitlin Andrew, Nilce Landau, Rita Sacay, Priscilla Anzaldua, Rosa Anzaldua, Miles Comiskey, Andrew Green, Peter Korajczyk, Eudald Lerga, Richard Adams, Lane Tech students and parents and everyone who lent a hand!
  • Luis Bermúdez, Amber Mohammed, and everyone at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center – we know our wonderful partnership is just beginning
  • Heather Marie, for her amazing photos featured on this page, check them all out here.
  • Taste of Brazil Cafe in Oak Park and Whole Foods, our food and beverage sponsors

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