Samba do Cora√ß√£o (Samba from the Heart) is a samba school as well as a performing company, offering classes and shows in Brazilian dance and percussion year round.
The group, directed by Mary Dollar and Fernando de Sanjines, is dedicated to the growth of Brazilian culture in the San Francisco Bay Area, inspired by the many dances and rhythms of Brazil. As their name implies, the group’s specialty is samba, yet their repertoire is rich and varied and each dance number is brilliantly costumed.
From the earthy Afro-Brazilian rhythms of Bahia to the sensuous samba of Rio de Janeiro, be prepared to experience the spirit and colorful excitement of Carnaval with Samba do Cora√ß√£o! Samba do Cora√ß√£o offers a quality “Brazilian Extravaganza” show with dancers and drummers and / or parade for any occasion. The group also offers a show with a six piece Brazilian band with vocalist.
Since its formation in the summer of 1992, the Samba do Coracao has performed in numerous festivals and events in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Bill Graham Presents “New Orleans by the Bay” at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View and “San Francisco’s Biggest New Year’s Eve Party” at the Embarcadero and Civic Center Auditoriums, opening for headliners, such as, the Neville Brothers, Los Van Van, Buckwheat Zydeco, Queen Ida, and Bos Scaggs. The group has also appeared at the California State Fair in Sacramento, La Pe√±a Cultural Center in Berkeley, Standford University’s Brazilian Dance Week and at Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas.
In addition, Samba do Cora√ß√£o also participates in numerous parades, including San Francisco’s Carnaval Parade. Every year, the group has been honored with top awards, including First Place in dance, music, costumes and overall visuals. For two consecutive years, Samba do Cora√ß√£o has also been awarded San Francisco Carnaval’s, Best Brazilian Group, as well as received Second Grand Prize Overall!