Batucada beginners’ dance course starts 5 August 2018

Who’d like a piece of the Samba action?

Arawhetu and Hillary lead the dancers at Newtown Fair 2018 - photo by Paul Taylor

Our next Batucada beginners’ dance course begins 5 August 2018.

You will get to dance alongside members of Wellington Batucada while our Dance Directors teach choreography from our Samba repertoire. No dance experience required and everyone is welcome (all genders).

The cost for the beginners’ course is $80 for 6 weeks. Or you can pay $20 per individual session.

Dance course dates

Venue: Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba St, Te Aro Wellington.

Our beginners’ dance classes will be held every Sunday for 6 weeks, in two 3-week blocks. Classes run from 1pm to 3pm as follows:

Week Date Time Venue
Week 1 Sunday 5 August 1-3pm Thistle Hall
Week 2 Sunday 12 August 1-3pm Thistle Hall
Week 3 Sunday 19 August 1-3pm Thistle Hall
NO CLASS Sunday 26 August NO CLASS
Week 4 Sunday 2 September 1-3pm Thistle Hall
Week 5 Sunday 9 September 1-3pm Thistle Hall
Week 6 Sunday 16 September 1-3pm Thistle Hall

Dancers en masse at CubaDupa 2018 - photo by Bokeh Street

To sign up

Please e-mail to let us know you will be attending. Alternatively, you can complete and submit the form on our Join us page.

To pay

Make a deposit of $80 into the Wellington Batucada bank account:

Account no. 38-9012-0348830-00

Please put your name and ‘Beginner Dance‘ in the payment detail fields.

Or bring cash to the sessions.

We are a community group and rely on the income from the beginners course to be able to run the dance course. Therefore you can cancel up to two weeks before the start. There are no refunds after 22nd July.

Wellington Batucada Parade @ Cuba Dupa (1). Sambanui samba reggae.
Video by Lyndon Cronan

Main band practice and beyond…

You are welcome to join the regular practices at any time during the beginners course. These run every Sunday from 3pm to 5pm at Wellington High School, Lower Gym, Taranaki Street.

At the regular practices Koha for our Dance Directors’ time is appreciated.

It’s VERY noisy at the full practice so ear plugs are available to buy at $2 a pair.

After attending the beginners course you can join Wellington Batucada and take part in the regular practices with the whole group.

We really look forward to seeing you there.

Highlights of our main stage performance.
Video footage by John Conly and Michael Sloley, compiled by Michael Sloley.

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