Samba New York! has emerged as NYC’s premier training ground for samba percussionists. Our organization has graduated numerous players who have gone on to shake up the local Brazilian music scene, including the leaders of such groups as Frederick Douglass Academy’s Harlem Samba, Mais Um, and Batala NYC.
Dr. Galinsky is personally responsible for training all the percussionists in Samba New York! from beginner to professional levels. Our entry-level course, Bateria 101, offers a uniquely accessible method of mastering the basics of samba drumming in a fun, communal environment.
Qualified students move into our Bateria, an all-percussion ensemble that practices throughout the year in our Bateria Rehearsal course. The Bateria comprises both professional Show Group members, who perform at numerous public and private events, and Bateria members who participate in some of our bigger performances such as the NYC Dance Parade in May and the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade on October 31.
Dedicated students in Samba New York! have a unique opportunity to move from the beginner course to participation in the Bateria and graduate as a professional samba percussionist. Many of the current members of our Show Group are living proof!
NOTE: Samba New York! is not currently offering dance classes. We recommend the classes of Danielle Lima. Samba dancers of all levels are invited to participate with Samba New York! in the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.
Please visit our Events page for a list of current courses. We also offer private lessons in samba percussion for those seeking quicker progress. To schedule a private lesson or to reserve Samba New York! for a lecture or workshop, please contact us.