WHAT ARE WE ABOUT?
Gremio Recreativo Escola de Samba Beleza do Reino Unido
Beleza School of Samba - Beleza means beauty, but it is also a greeting in Brazil. Used as: How are you? - Or "Beleza?!" - Is everything beautiful in your life?
We are an authentic Samba School setup up as a Social Enterprise based in Brighton UK and inspired by Rio Samba Schools. We teach culture, dance routines, costume production, preparation for stage, confidence building and consequently promoting the well being of body and mind!
We are proud to promote community spirit by supporting local charities with fundraising activities. This is the true Carnival spirit of Brazil that brings people together.
Our primary mission is to share the joy of traditional samba with all sections of the local community. Beleza School of Samba is a social enterprise that is passionate about bringing the community together to participate and enjoy the performances of samba. Everyone can get involved in dance, costume making, playing instruments and the general organization and formation of community projects.
We offer high quality dance and music workshops to teach people how to dance, play samba and how to perform the intricate samba steps and choreographies with elegance and joy. We aim to work hard and have fun as we learn about Brazilian culture and share it with our audiences.
The founder of Beleza is a professional Brazilian samba teacher, choreographer and performer who is dedicated to offering high quality samba to beginners, intermediate and advanced dancers irrespective of age, gender, race, religious and cultural background.
Throughout the year we invite dance teachers and bateria mestres with expertise in teaching and performing Brazilian samba to run workshops focused on perfecting the samba and improving performance skills.
Participation in a samba community and dance can facilitate professional and personal development, improve well-being, confidence, self-esteem and connection and increase physical activity.
Beleza School of Samba provides the community with a chance to participate in carnival parades, perform at a variety of community and private events and raise money for charitable projects. Beleza is supported by the Arts Council England.
Founder and Artistic Director
Brazilian Samba dance instructor and Choreographer
Leandro has taught Samba, Axe’, Samba no Pe’ and Forro’ as well as choreographing for festivals and government-run programmes in his native southern Brazil. He was the first lead Passistas instructor at Brighton School of Samba, has choreographed for Blue Touch Paper Carnival “Embaixadores da Alegria” at Arts Parade 2012 and has been on the judging panel at the 2012 Ryde Arts Parade – Isle of Wight.
Dance lead and choreographer for London School of Samba on the 2012-2017 Notting Hill Carnivals. 2014 Lead of dance for Coburg Samba Festival in Germany also with London School of Samba and “Samba de Gafieira” dancer for the Rio Flag Handover Ceremony at the London 2012