We’ve know you’ve been waiting a long time for this… so come and join us!
Come and learn to drum and dance alongside members of Wellington Batucada. Sign up for the 2021 Beginners workshops now!
The Sunday afternoon workshops will run for 6 weeks, from 9 May to 13 June 2021, 1pm – 3pm.
The cost is $120 for the course. There’s also a special price of $25 for Batucada members who are keen to learn a new instrument or refresh your skills.
Drumming Workshops will take place at Cook Islands Society Hall, 220 Hanson St, Newtown (see map).
Dance Workshops will take place at the Te Whaea National Dance & Drama Centre. NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE OF VENUE to accommodate more dancers. For the 6 June session, we will meet at Wellington Pipe Band Hall, Corner of Hanson St, Newtown (see map).
It’s the last day of level 4 lockdown in New Zealand, and we should have been dancing in celebration of International Dance Day. All around the world, populations are sheltering in place as COVID-19 rages on.
So instead of dancing together today, let’s take an in-depth look at dance in Wellington Batucada, and what it means to us…
Wellington Batucada dancers share their thoughts (and their moves!) on International Dance Day 2020. Video by Tom S Etuata.
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:
Batucada dancers performing at the Newtown Fair, 2016 – photo by Paul Taylor
Join the Wellington Batucada this summer and dance your heart out at the CubaDupa festival!
A six week block of samba workshops designed to get you festival ready*.
Level – beginner to intermediate samba, previous dance experience a bonus but not essential.
Dates for the 2017 summer workshops are as follows:
Sunday 29 January 2017
61-69 Able Smith Street
Mon 6 February (Waitangi weekend)
293 Cuba St
Sunday 12 February
293 Cuba St
Sunday 19 February
293 Cuba St
Sunday 26 February
293 Cuba St
Saturday 4 March
Te Whaea (Drama 3)
11 Hutchison Rd
Time: 2.00pm – 3.45pm Cost: $60 for the block of six classes or $15 casual rate per class
* Participation in CupaDupa and other festivals is encouraged but you’re free attend the dance workshops without performing. Please note the dates, as most are on Sundays with the exception of Monday 6 February and Saturday 4 March.
Bring – Drink bottle, soft shoes/sneakers and exercise wear or loose clothing.
22-24 October 2016 (Labour Weekend) – come and join us!
Wellington Batucada is excited to introduce this series of dance workshops to the capital.
Teacher Josiane Santos is an exuberant force, igniting her classes with the warmth and passion she holds for her culture. The talented Brazilian has danced and performed since her childhood, and from 2002 began researching Brazilian Folk Dances as choreographic material for the production of her dance shows.
Josi has taught Afro-Dance and Samba de Gafieira workshops since 2009, and has produced and directed shows seen across Brazil, USA and Sweden. She currently resides in Byron Bay, Australia where she co-founded the Brazilian Bay Company with her partner, promoting Brazilian culture and performing arts within the community. Their inclusive and empowering approach brings joy and a great sense of achievement to those participating.
If you hear the sound of the drums, and can’t sit still… this is for you!
We are running a new block of Brazilian samba dance workshops, in preparation for CubaDupa and beyond…
All are welcome – even if you’ve never danced before, we can teach you. Intermediate levels and above are also very welcome – we will tailor our workshops to your level.
Our two fabulous dance directors, Arawhetu Berdinner and Hillary Reid will be taking the workshops, with the aim (if you want to!) of getting you ready to perform with us at CubaDupa. Wellington Batucada will be performing at CubaDupa on March 28 and 29, together with all the other samba schools from around the country, and we’re looking to boost our dancer numbers to create a really spectacular show. It’s gonna be awesome! Continue reading
…so here’s ours – a thousand reasons to make a donation towards the CubaDupa Carnival Zone via our Boosted campaign. So far we have raised $4,710 towards the total of $10,000 – and we have only 6 more days in which to raise the remaining 53%. Would you like to become part of the team and join us in our journey?
We are honoured to have been chosen as one of seven groups to spearhead the Wellington CubaDupa Boosted campaign. Each group will be featured as part of next year’s inaugural CubaDupa festival, being held in and around Cuba Street, 28th & 29th March 2015. The Boosted campaign aims to raise an additional $250,000 to match the Wellington City Council’s generous $250,000 funding, which will make CubaDupa the awesome event that we know it can be.
The Carnival Zone target on Boosted is to raise $10,000, which we hope will be equalled by a generous match donor. Wellington Batucada will also be putting in $10,000 of our own money.
Featuring Wellington Batucada and samba groups from across New Zealand; the Carnival Zone will fill the streets with music, dance and festivity throughout the weekend.Continue reading