Samba Workshops with Gato de Salto!

Carnaval is always right around the corner! Join Gato de Salto for fun and expressive samba training!

Gato de Salto is a Brazilian Samba dancer who has conquered the international Samba scene within 5 years of his first artistic appearance back in 2017.

He dances and teaches a distinct style, that combines high heels with all the flavours of the two Samba Schools that most marked him during his time as a Rio Passista: the sensual elegant style of “Acadêmicos do Salgueiro” and the explosive style of “Paraiso do Tuiuti”.

In 2023, Gato premiered as a Muse and danced for Lins Imperial representing the “Fight of the LGBTQIAPN+ Community.” He has taught in various countries around the world, and is one of the main references for acceptance and diversity within the Samba and Carnival world.

What: All-Levels Samba Workshop
When: Saturday, October 7th
Where: Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave, Cambridge – Central Square
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Fee: $25 in advance; $30 at the door

What: Heels Technique for Samba Workshop
When: Sunday, October 8th
Where: Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave, Cambridge – Central Square
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Fee: $40

Take both classes for $58!

All-levels Samba and Afro-Brazilian

This all-levels class is non-competitive, high-energy and fun! Open to people of any gender, age and ability with or without dance experience.
The class will focus on Carnaval-style samba and other Afro-Brazilian styles such as afoxé, samba reggae, axé, and Brazilian funk. Our aim is for students to experience a variety of rhythms and develop their skills while having a blast and getting an excellent workout!
Wear comfortable exercise clothing (no jeans). Sneakers, socks, and bare feet are good footwear options; high heels are not!

Day and Time: Saturdays, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (ET)
Location: The Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave. Cambridge, MA
Studio 2 on the 2nd floor
Fee: $15 per class

How to pay:
Pay in advance via credit card:
Pay using Venmo: @sambaviva (our business account has our photo)
Pay with cash or card at class!

*If you do not already have a MindBody account with the Dance Complex, you will need to set one up before attending.

Intermediate Samba

If you’re ready to move to the next level with your samba, this class is for you! Basic samba will NOT be taught in this class. Instead, we will focus on advanced moves, technique, and choreography. This is a great place to develop your style and presence for potential performance opportunities!

Day and Time: Wednesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 PM (ET)
Location: The Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave. Cambridge, MA
Studio 5 on the 3rd floor
Fee: $12 per class

We also have an Intermediate channel on Vimeo for those days when you can’t make it to the studio:
Location: On demand videos on Vimeo, available any time you are!
Fee: $10 per class
You may rent the class for a week, anytime you want! Classes are only $10 and can be found on our Vimeo On Demand page. Content will vary in length (40 – 60 minutes) to allow for more flexibility for you, our beloved students and samba-philes!

How to access:
Go to
Search for SambaViva, filter by “On Demand” or use this link
Purchase and enjoy for 7 days 🙂
*You will need to create a login to rent the video. Rentals can be paid for using PayPal or a credit card*

Samba Basics

Also available now on Vimeo, Samba Basics series! Get started with the foundational footwork and rhythm and work through multiple levels of progression! Beleza!