SAMBA KIDS

 

  

Free Kids Classes on Samba Drumming and Learn Stilt Walking

 

SAMBA KIDS

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About the Director Curtis Pierre

 Curtis Pierre, has studied over the past 25 years, to gain the knowledge and expertise on Brasilian music and dance and would like to give back to the community through offering classes and workshops on the topic. He has worked for the past seven years with over 150,000 children in the metropolitan New Orleans school systems and surrounding parish schools, exposing children to Brasilian culture, music and traditions. Being a native of New Orleans and knowing the problems that kids face today, Curtis has adopted the same philosophy of the samba schools in Brasil in taking a social responsibility for safeguarding our children and providing them with creative and challenging opportunities and experiences other than what is found in the streets.  It is our desire to provide a venue for getting the community, specifically children and young adults interested in music and dance and providing them with a place to participate in supervised and structured activities like Residences, after school, and during the summer months.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS-

Samba Kids every Saturday Morning at the N.O.R.D. main office every Saturday mornings for the past six years.
Works with Stage to Stage nowat the N.O.R.D. Ty Tracy Theatre building with Director and Founder Julie Condy, Theatre Musicals for children for the past 15 years to present
Young Audience Program, Board Consultant  New Orleans, LA
Curtis Pierre:The Samba Man 1988-Present
Performances and workshops in New Orleans public school system & Southern Region; reaching over 1,000,000 children in eighteen plus years.

RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

• Workshop for Ile Aiye- Instructed a Workshop on Samba from Rio de Janeiro to one the most famous blocos (Samba School from Bahia Ile Aiye)2009

• Three months in Brasil culminating withearning a spot in the Bateria of Escola de Samba Salgueiro 2004 for his passionate work ethic, knowledge of    Samba and its traditional instruments and recognition of his dedication to Brasilian culture.

• Starting the first Samba Summer Camp inNew Orleans based entirely around Brasilian culture, CASA SAMBA Brasil CAMP 2005.

• Best Camp Summer Director ofthe Year 2005; Awarded by Charlene Braud, Director, New Orleans Recreation Department

35 years of Study at HKU (Hard Knocks University)
United States Navy Honorable Discharge June 1977
Hahnville High School, Hahnville, LA, Class of 1975

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Testimonial
We have been attending the drum classes for children on Saturdays for the past 3 months.  My 4 year old son absolutely loves it.  Mr. Pierre is a wonderful teacher. He has the gift of communicating with the children.  They are captivated by him.  We are so grateful to have learned about this class. I wish we ha started coming sooner.....thank you Casa Samba for giving our family this opportunity!   Denise Woodall- Ruff