SambaFrog is a Brazilian –style “samba school”, a dance and drumming company that specialises in bringing the excitement, energy and spectacle of Brazil’s famous carnival. Based in Newcastle, SambaFrog runs weekly classes in Brazilian drum and dance. From this a performing group is cultivated, made up of a multicultural group of individuals united by their passion for Brazilian culture, music and dance. The “bateria” or drummers get the party going, generating festive rhythms you just have to move to. Then samba dancers in beautifully elaborate costumes cap off the real “feast for the senses” that is Carnaval. SambaFrog has performed at numerous local festivals, events and venues such as; the Cambridge Hotel, the View Factory, Queen’s Wharf Brewery, Livesites’ Latin nights, Cultural Stomp festival, Art Sounds, the Maritime festival, Mattara parade, Lake Macquarie Australia Day celebration, Olive tree markets, and, has appeared as part of the Jet’s home ground entertainment at Energy Australia Stadium.
About the director
Founder and director Jean-Luc Stora began studying Brazilian Dance, Capoeira and Percussion back in 1990 with the Samba schools of San Francisco. Inspired by the intoxicating rhythms of Brazil and the thriving Latin and Caribbean arts community in San Francisco, he began dancing and drumming professionally with various local companies and bands, and in 1995 was chosen as San Francisco’s King of Carnaval. Pursuing his interest in Latin American music, dance and culture, Jean-Luc travelled extensively in Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico. Jean-Luc began performing and teaching Samba in Australia in 1996 before returning to San Francisco for several years. In 2001 he taught Brazilian percussion and dance in France, performed at music festivals throughout the country with “Les Diables Bleus” and directed the Brazilian dance company, Cuisse de Samba. In 2002, Jean-Luc established Dance Central studio in Sydney with the vision of bringing together various dance styles in one location. Now based in Newcastle, Jean-Luc brings with him his energetic and exhilarating brand of Brazilian dance and percussion.