Samba Dance Academy in the American Riviera is the live, in studio extension of the Online Samba Dance AcademyHere dancers get to experience and learn Samba in the studio under the guidance of Vanessa Isaac and incredibly accomplished guest artists from all over the world. We are launching our first season and you don't want to miss learning from those exceptional guests. Classes sponsored by and held at Brasil Arts Cafe (Home of delicious Brazilian food!) 

Check below the dates and make your reservation today, space is limited. We hope to dance with you very soon!

For those out of town you can still dance with us. Please go to our Samba Dance Academy ONLINE by going here

* Below are our weekend Samba workshops only. For our Performance Workshops please go here


 Upcoming Weekend Classes: Book a Samba Workshop Below!

"Samba is for Everyone!" Season


Photo by Dave Donaldson

Photo by Dave Donaldson

October 14, Samba "Malandro" Style with Aninha


Ana Carla Laidley (AKA Aninha Malandro) was born and raised and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Ana grew up in the cradle of SAMBA:  Estação Primeira de Mangueira, where her father was a very well-known respected musician and her mother an excellent and one of the first “passistas.” Ana teaches samba for almost 25 years in the USA.  Ana’s classes integrate traditional and contemporary Samba styles.  Ana had developed a teaching samba methodology that combines her life’s experiences with Samba and her psychology background.  Her method provides a space not only for people to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Brazilian culture as well as reconnect with their body, mind, and soul! 

Ana’s debut in the Samba Schools parade happened when she was 5-year-old, and she paraded for over 30 years.Ana is the founder of the groups SambaNMotion and Malandro N’ Motion and has choreographed several numbers that reflect her understanding and passion for the Samba de Malandro, Gafieira, and her respect to the varieties of style and movements of this Unique form of dance: SAMBA! Ana is also the co-founder of the International Samba Congress. She will be teaching the super cool Malandro style and Samba-no-Pé (Rio Style), in this workshop. You don't want to miss this super special class!

Sexy Samba Soul Show Segment- Vanessa Interview dancer & educator Aninha Malandro

Workshop Information:

What: Malandro Style and Samba-no-pé (rio style) with Aninha
When: Brasil Arts Cafe our fabulous Sponsor
When: Saturday, October 14, at 1pm to 2:30 pm

Reserve your space today with paypal by clicking below!      

Cost: $25 by October 8 or $30 after October 9 and at the door (if any space left!)

Please note: No refunds for this class

IMPORTANT: Please bring a bottle of water  and shoes welcomed (no heels shoes such as jazz shoes or tennis shoes) 



A Weekend Getaway: Beauty & Samba in Santa Barbara

About Santa Barbara:  California’s Santa Barbara is often called The American Riviera. "You only need to see the blue sea beach, or the red-tiled roofed whitewashed buildings with their dramatic backdrop of mountains, to understand why. But the resemblance is more than just the sea and the mountains. As in Cannes and Antibes, San Remo and Portofino, Santa Barbara also has legions of restaurants that wind their way down to the seaside, laidback beach vibes, an active lifestyle, a love for the outdoors and great year-round weather." Plus lots of SAMBA. 

Santa Barbara is home base for the Samba Dance Academy founded by Brasilian Dancer Vanessa Isaac. For fifteen years Vanessa was the director of the Samba Ensemble for the Summer Solstice Parade which draws one hundred thousand spectators . A favorite for parade goers, her group was called the best Dance Ensemble by the Santa Barbara Independent and the Santa Barbara News Press. Her group gave birth to a legion of other dance groups in town and all over USA, inspired by her group and choreographic style.

For more than 20 years Vanessa has worked together with many organizations globally to promote Brazilian Culture. Vanessa Isaac has been nominated by the International Press in the dance category for her work in Brazilian Dance Internationally. We are confident you will love to dance and learn in this beautiful city. Join us in the American Riviera today!


We Can't wait to SAMBA with you!

Please check back soon. We will be announcing upcoming classes soon!

Sponsored by Brasil Arts Cafe


Brasil Arts Cafe offers the perfect blend of traditional Brazilian fare & one-of-a-kind AçaiJuice, and Smoothie creations.

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