SambaLá Samba School

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SambaLá Samba School
Group type Traditional samba school
Date founded (1994-03-23)March 23, 1994
Current membership 200
Country United States
State Florida
City Pompano Beach

SambaLá Samba School is a traditional samba school in the United States that currently resides in Pompano Beach, Florida.


SambaLá Samba School was founded in early 1994 by David de Hilster in response to his wife's Doris de Hilster homesickness for Brazil. David thought that creating a community for Doris in the United States, that she would not want to return to Brazil.

International Work

In April of 1995, SambaLá became the first samba school to have a website on the internet. Mangueira of Brazil soon followed and then Imperio do Papagaio was the third. In 1997, David de Hilster registered the domain which was to help organize the Unidos do Mundo samba school which paraded in the Sambadrome in the champion's parade in the year 2000.

Notable Parades

  • 2000 Parade of Champions, Rio de Janeiro
  • 2010 Rose Parade with Jack-in-the-Box

Notable Shows


  1. Official homepage:
  2. YouTube channel:
  3. Facebook page: