Percussion Workshop with Harlem Samba director Dana Monteiro April 8th

EEDS is very happy to be hosting a samba percussion workshop with Harlem Samba director Dana Monteiro. Mr. Monteiro has fourteen years teaching experience in the New York Public School system and is a doctoral candidate in Music Education at Boston University.

The workshop will be open to all and instruments will be provided. Come join us! More info here:

When: 7-9 PM Wednesday, April 8th
Where: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage)
How much: $15 cash or check

Check out some more of the Harlem Samba repertoire here:

Carnaval Percussion Workshops with Mestre Jorge Alabê

As a special treat this Carnaval season we have a very special guest – master Brazilian percussionist Jorge Alabê! Not only will he be making an appearance at our main Carnaval event on Saturday March 28th – he will be holding two percussion workshops with EEDS the week before Carnaval: Wednesday the 25th and Friday the 27th! This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the best Brazilian percussionists in the US. You don’t have to be an EEDS member or student to attend class, and you don’t need to attend both classes. Instruments will be provided, and all levels are welcome, though the lesson will be geared to those with at least some experience.


EEDS Jorge Alabê Carnaval Workshops:

Wednesday March 25th and
Friday, March 27th
Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. 4048 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL
Both classes 7-9 pm
$20 for each class ($40 for both) – cash or check accepted

More Jorge Alabê Workshops!
Be sure to check out Jorge Alabê’s workshops earlier in the week:  “Drums of The Orixa” (dance, song and drumming workshop)

When: Mon, March 23, 6:30pm – Tue, March 24, 8:00pm
Where: Dance Center of Colombia College 1306 South Michigan Avenue. (map)
Description Platform for the exposure and exploration of authentic Candomblé w/with mestre drummer Jorge Alabe do Xango.
Advance tickets: $40 for both days Or $25 per day. Please note: Participants must bring their own conga and drum sticks to class. To register please call 312-545-5034.

EEDS Dance Workshop at Northwestern

This week, EEDS Dance Instructor Ariel Barbick and friends of EEDS, Edilson Lima and Cristina Grieco gave a samba dance workshop for Northwestern’s Ballroom Latin and Swing Team. As you can see, a great time was had by all, and Ariel, Edilson and Cristina really shared the Carnaval spirit. What a great way to get in the spirit for our 2015 Carnaval event on Saturday March 28!

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.


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: