SambaLá Samba School
|SambaLá Samba School|
|Group type||Traditional samba school|
|Date founded||March 23, 1994|
SambaLá Samba School is a traditional samba school in the United States that currently resides in Pompano Beach, Florida. SambaLá was founded in Long Beach California but in 2015, moved to southern Florida. SambaLá continues to grow in Florida with active members living in Florida, California, around the country, and in Brazil.
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. The grand opening of the school took place at the Foothill Club (since razed) in Signal Hill California on the day of the final of the Soccer World Cup in 1994. SambaLá quickly grew with the local population.
SambaLá first paraded in Long Beach California with MILA Samba School (now disbanded) during the Long Beach Carnaval in 1995. In 1996 with the Long Beach Carnaval having ended, SambaLá started the Brazilian Street Carnaval which hosted several parades and groups on stage and was free to the public.
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 worldsamba.org 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.
List here are the personel of SambaLá Samba School.
- 1994-2013 David de Hilster
- 2013-2015 Valeria Ruggieri (David de Hilster, Doris de Hilster executive directors)
- 2015-present David de Hilster
- 1994-1996 Iraguacu
- 1996-1999 Alvaro Aguiar
- 1999-2005 Monica Tibbs
- 2005-present Valeria Ruggieri (California)
- 2006-present Andrea Araujo (Florida)
- 1994-1996 Iraguacu
- 1994-1999 Alvaro Aguiar
- 1999-2001 Jesse Kitten
- 2001-2003 ???
- 2003-2004 Claudinho Smiles
- 2004-2008 David de Hilster
- 2008-2010 Rodney de Assis
- 2013-present David de Hilster
Rainha da Bateria (Samba Queens)
- 1994 Vania Motta
- 1995 Estephania
- 1996 Luzia Arnold
- 1997 Jaqueline Cunha
- 1998 Bruna
- 1999 Marcia Carvalho
- 2000 Monica Tibbs
- 2001 Marcia Kellog
- 2003-2006 Jonia McCleny
- 2007-2010 Valeria Ruggieri
- 2013-present Diane Yakamovitch (Rainha da California)
- 2016-present Andressa Carvalho (Rainha da Florida)
Madrinha da Bateria (Samba Goodmothers)
- President: David de Hilster
- Carnavalesca & Show Director: Doris de Hilster
- Carnaval Director: Alex de Oliveira
- Vice-President: Paulo Garcia
- Secretary: Lilian Kong
- Directors: Marlus Santos
- Show & Event Producer: Edmarco Silva
- Madrinha: Valeria Ruggieri
- Rainha da Bateria Florida: Andressa Carvalho
- Rainha da Bateria California: Diane Yakamovitch
- Primeira Porta-Bandeira: Lilian Kong
- Primeiro Mestre-Sala: Edmarco Silva
- 1996-2010 Brazilian Street Carnaval, Long Beach, California
- 2000 Parade of Champions, Rio de Janeiro
- 2010 Rose Parade with Jack-in-the-Box
- 1999 Launch of Kia Motors "Rio" car in Seoul Korea
- 2003 Danny Elfman, Bridget Fonda wedding
- 2012 Beck Reimagines David Bowie's 'Sound and Vision'
- 2013 with Monobloco, Blue Man group, and LA Philharmonic
- 2014 Coca-Cola worldcup tour, Los Angeles California
SambaLá Samba School is currently located in Pompano Beach Florida and has its own modest rehearsal space where it gives classes, practices, and stores its costumes and instruments.