Tak­ing steps to have some samba fun in Rio

The Weekend Post - - News -

DANAELLA WIVELL South Amer­ica to per­form at the fa­mous Rio Car­ni­val.

Samba teacher Meg Takegami said the dancers would be join­ing the world’s old­est samba school, Esta­cio de Sa.

“We’re go­ing to be part of the school and we’ll be do­ing the ac­tual pa­rade at Car­ni­val,” she said.

She said prepa­ra­tion for the event wasn’t for the weak. “You’re wear­ing big heels and your clothes are small and they’re not nec­es­sar­ily al­ways com­fort­able. They dig in, and they weight about three to five kilos, so they’re quite heavy,” she said.

Stu­dent and fel­low dancer Pippa Travers-Ma­son said she was feel­ing the heat in the lead-up to the fa­mous fes­ti­val.

“Car­ni­val is a com­pe­ti­tion, so there’s a lit­tle bit of ex­tra pres­sure that we need to per­form to a cer­tain stan­dard be­cause we’re rep­re­sent­ing the school,” she said.

The dancers will fly out to Rio de Janeiro on Mon­day and per­form in Car­ni­val later this month.

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