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Unidos do Ritmo – Leeds Samba is a drumming and dance group open to samba enthusiasts of all ages and origins. Unidos em Ritmo (United in Rhythm) formed in 2016, to create an authentic and regular ‘samba club’ or escola de samba for West Yorkshire and beyond.

Our style is the traditional/contemporary urban samba of Brazil, and we enjoy friendship with sambistas all over the UK and the world including close links to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos, Brighton and London.

Samba dancer Thali on Brighton seafront


Carnival, shows & events

Unidos do Ritmo brings the sights and sounds of UK-Brazilian samba to carnival, stage and street events.  Members have performed at countless carnival events including Leeds Light Night, Liverpool Brazilica, Brighton Pride Parade with the Brighton School of Samba, Notting HIll Carnival with the London School of Samba, and Leeds’ own Chapeltown West Indian Carnival.

The bateria and dancers have hit the dancefloor at club nights and carnival parties.  Featured at DJ Lubi‘s  Africa:Brazil at the Wardrobe , the 2018 Brazilian Carnival party with DJ Fabio at Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen and appeared at Revolucion de Cuba Leeds. This summer Leeds Samba is returning to events, and taking new bookings – Catch the 2018 show somewhere near you!

Brazilian samba has never had a stronger presence in the Leeds community. Leeds Samba has appeared at dozens of events around the city including festivals, carnival, in schools and at Leeds University. VAMOS Leeds , Chapel Allerton Arts Festival and local events including Farsley, Holbeck and Middleton festivals and the Tour de Yorkshire have all hosted our samba family.  Participation in samba and the Brazilian carnival arts is available to all in Leeds, and there’s never been a better time to get involved.

Professional samba instructors and performers are available for shows, parties, workshops, team-building, educational projects , media productions and events of all kinds. Just get in touch to discuss your needs.

Leeds Samba drummers
Leeds Samba bateria @ Revolution de Cuba Leeds

Joining Leeds Samba?

Drummers and dancers attend weekly sessions to develop and master the rhythms, skills and material that power our performances.

The bateria – drum orchestra –  is directed by Gez, our mestre de Bateria. The group works to play modern samba instruments in traditional and contemporary styles. Having fun and playing loud, people get to grips with the art of samba by playing it for real within a friendly group.

The principal dancer and Madrinha of Unidos do Ritmo, Thali teaches samba dance classes every week, giving students a solid grounding in the traditions of samba and Brazilian carnival. Learn to samba, get fit, develop body confidence and have a lot of fun working towards spectacular costumed performances.

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Unidos do Ritmo – Leeds Samba @ Day of the Dead fiesta, Kirkstall Abbey 2017