Bloco Orixala: Afro-Bloco, Dance and Percussion workshop

An interactive workshop by Global Grooves, as part of Creating Carnival 2014

Batala, LiverpoolWednesday 23rd April 2014 – 6pm–9pm ($20)

The workshop is open to all, whatever your level of experience and/or ability. Welcome!

Following on from the Percussion, songs and dances of the Orixas course (21st April) we will develop an exciting and unique combined percussion and dance arrangement to explore and celebrate Brazilian carnival styles from Salvador.

The beats, songs and movements will draw influence from Brazilian Candomblé adopting percussion and dance themes to celebrate the Orixas.

This is an open level course suitable for anyone, from beginners to advanced dancers and drummers. There will be something for everyone.

Using Surdos, Timbas, Caixas and Repiniques the Global Grooves team have put together some extra special grooves and breaks that will work closely alongside Brazilian Afro-Dance moves and Choreography.


Bell Road Gym, Bell Rd, Wellington 6021 – View Google map


$20, payable on attendance.

Creating Carnival 2014 – New Zealand

Creating Carnival is a series of themed workshops providing a sneak peek behind the scenes of carnival and the journey from its African roots to modern day contemporary productions.

These hands-on sessions will provide a platform for artists, practitioners and producers to engage in conversation, gain practical skills in music and dance and promote this wonderful and ever evolving art form. Whether you are just curious, regularly perform locally or internationally in carnival groups, or have experience in producing outdoor events, Creating Carnival NZ will be a fascinating insight into the backstage aspects and practical artistic skills used in Brazilian and contemporary carnival styles. The seminar element of the programme will also be a forum to share ideas and explore the future of carnival internationally.

Following a successful programme this year in the UK, Global Grooves are proud to be invited to deliver our Creating Carnival series in Wellington, New Zealand.

What is Global Grooves?

A UK registered charity with over a decade of short courses, master class weekends, one-to-one tuition, international study and research trips, community development and performance events behind them, Global Grooves raise a fist in the air to the sharing of the richest, most diverse music and dance styles from around the globe.

Whether you want to study the depths of folkloric drumming, dance, or song from far off lands and cultures, or simply want to get your feet tapping to captivating concert sounds, the collective has a global groove for you. Visit their website –

About the Global Grooves team

Leon Patel – Global Grooves Artistic Director

Leon Patel is at the helm of Global Grooves, having committed over a decade to sharing his passion and knowledge of percussion and song from around the world – including Brazilian, South Asian, West African, Cuban, and Western musical styles.

Adriana Rosso Tavares – Global Grooves Lead Choreographer

Adriana has studied and danced with Meninos do Morumbi and Gaviões Da Fiel Samba School in São Paulo where she was twice Princesa da Bateria in 1997/98. She soon became a lead dancer and teacher at Meninos do Morumbi and in 2005 she came to the UK to work with Global Grooves and deliver large-scale cultural dance projects across Europe.

Eraldo De Sa Marques – Global Grooves Musical Director

Eraldo joined Global Grooves in 2004 following a series of collaborative workshops delivered by Meninos do Morumbi. He’s now their artistic manager, percussion tutor, and international liaison. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Eraldo brings a cheery, grounded energy to their often hectic and exciting schedule of events.

Eraldo’s childhood beginnings within the percussion scene (with Meninos do Morumbi – São Paulo, Brazil) have provided him with a real love and understanding of the power of youth participation in the arts.

Genevieve Estevez-Baker – Global Grooves Dance Specialist

Genevieve has been involved in Afro-Brazilian dance since the age of 13, where she studied at Meninos Do Morumbi Oldham, the UK’s only sister project to the internationally renowned social project in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She furthered her training by travelling to Brazil for her year 10 work experience at the age of 15 funded by British Airways Communities and Conservation for excellence in Dance. There she studied with Meninos Do Morumbi, in São Paulo. This opportunity advanced her understanding of not only dance, but also percussion, song and carnival culture.

Darryn Sigley – Global Grooves NZ Coordinator and MD

Darryn is a professional musician based in Wellington. He holds a music degree from Massey University and has spent time in Cuba, Brazil, Asia, U.K. And Europe studying and performing percussive arts. Darryn is a founder and musical director of Wellington Batucada, a community-based percussion group which brings the world of samba from Brazil to Wellington, New Zealand. He is a member of popular New Zealand band Batucada Sound Machine and regularly travels overseas to perform.

Sambanui 2014

The Creating Carnival series will lead up to an amazing residential programme put together by Wellington Batucada and Darryn Sigley who have made this visit possible. If you are attending the Sambanui residential then the Creating Carnival sessions will be an excellent opportunity to explore in more depth the roots of the styles and themes we will explore during Sambanui.

Please note that Sambanui is not open to the general public – just the New Zealand Samba Schools. You can however check out the final public performance of Sambanui at Dowse square, Laings Rd, Lower Hutt on Sunday 27th April at 3:30-4:30pm.

For more information about Sambanui 2014, visit our Sambanui page.

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Find out more about all the Creating Carnival workshops

For more information about any of the Creating Carnival events please contact Darryn Sigley on or for further details about Global Grooves or workshop content contact

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