Cultural Exchanges

COMPLETE: Pablo Guerreiro - Artistic Director of GRES Academico do Cubango - August 2022

We would love to thank everyone for participating in our incredible Pablo Guerreiro cultural exchange workshops, talks, classes and mentoring in August 2022.  

We will shortly release our financials and social impact report. Needless to say all our hearts are full!!!


Cultural Exchange Offerings

This is a not for profit endeavor, where the artist has full working rights in Australia and with funds returning to the Charity Umbela Brasil to help bring the next Cultural Exchange.

Academies across Australia collaboratively invest in the exchange to ensure a rich and engaging program of cross cultural learning. We focus on language, history, culture and immersion.

Workshops in Samba Roots, Samba Malandro, Musicality, Composition and more.

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samba culture in all its aspects - diasporic, anthropological, social and physical.

Bate papo, movement, history community and creation in samba. Dive a little deeper.

Classes and Workshops in Danca de Salao, Gafiera, Zouk and more

Latino Dancers in Ballroom

Step by Step

Train with Pablo in Gafiera and danca de salao. Pablo's original training was in ballroom dancing and technique with Jaime Aroxa.

Individual and Group Coaching in Choreography, Composition and Coaching

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Connect Your Passion to Technique

This offering is a favourite around the world for bringing culture into art with respect, humility and cultural appreciation. Pablo can also help review a choreography you're working on.



Saturday August 13th, 2pm - 4pm

Tropical Soul Studio 205 - 207  Parramatta Road Annandale

Brazilian Roots & Malandro Workshop

Hosted in partnership with Escola de Samba Sydney

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Sunday, August 14th 

2pm - 4pm

Belconnen Arts Centre

Brazilian Roots & Malandro Workshop

Hosted in partnership with Escola de Samba Canberra


Sunshine Coast

Samba Immersion

Saturday 20th 1-3pm

& Sunday 21st 10 -12 noon

Samba de Gafiera Immersion

Saturday 20th August

5pm -7pm

Party - Forro & Samba Saturday 20th August 7pm 

Hosted in partnership with Tropicalia Latin Dance

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Friday August 26, Performance at Doudoule Festival


Saturday August 27, 

Samba Workshops with Pablo Guerreiro // 

10am – 11:30am // Samba Choreography Intensive

Accelerate your learning in this 90min choreography intensive with international artist Pablo Guerreiro. The intention of the workshop is to help you capture the feeling and musicality of the choreography direct from Pablo.

There is also the possibility to perform the choreography at end of year events. If you are enrolled in regular classes with Elanore at Rio Rhythmics (Wednesdays 7:40pm), you can then continue to polish, refine and absorb what you’ve learnt in the intensive.

12pm-1pm // Samba Ginga 

Move beyond just doing steps and develop your ‘ginga’ – the essential ‘swing’ in Brazilian dance. In this workshop, Pablo will explore ‘malandragem’ – the trickery, stealth and humour of the Malandro archetype that is so revered in Samba no Pé.

Not only will you learn the art of “balanced imbalance” in Samba, you’ll be able to apply it to other Brazilian styles such as Forro, Samba de Gafieira and Bolero

1:30pm – 2:30pm // Contra Tempo Sincopa do Samba (Musicality)

Contra Tempo Sincopa do Samba explores the many different possibilities using syncopation within Samba. Discover the fun of dancing individually, or with a partner and/or a group. 

Dancing the pauses, learn how to execute/perform the dynamics that are part of the samba, "CON-TRA TEMPO” (off beat). Understanding this technique will bring more awareness to your ability to improvise and understand new movements within Samba.

Recommended for Samba no pé and Samba de Gafieira dancers. 

Hosted in partnership with Rio Rhythmics

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Friday August 26, Performance at Doudoule Festival

Saturday August 27,  in house professional development with Rio Rhythmics Team. 

Sunday,  August 28th

Rio Rhythmics Latin Dance Academy
163 Boundary St, West End QLD 4101, Australia

Warm up with mind-body connection | Corpo Terreiro 10am - 11am

Terreiro or (Ilê) is the place where the Orixás and Afro ancestral knowledge are worshiped. The body can also be viewed as a Terreiro, a place that has energies and knowledge within. This workshop brings together the experience of Afro-Brazilian dance and the ability to utilise the paths and possibilities that the body has.

Connection to the ground | Afro 11:15am - 12:15pm

Out of your exploration of Corpo Terreiro (body and mind), apply the grounded movement to Afro dance to reveal the roots of Samba.

Freedom of movement | Samba Show 12:30pm - 1:30pm

As a culmination of the first two workshops, feel how your body responds differently to Samba sequences suitable for shows and choreographies.

Hosted in partnership with Sambaki Gianne Abbot



Monday 29th - 7pm Samba no pe, find your style

Tuesday 30th - 6pm Talk about samba roots - 7pm- Afro Samba

Hosted in partnership with Sandance

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Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September

A weekend of samba immersion

Casa Cultural. 

148 Crittenden Road FINDON, 5007 · 0401811722 

Hosted in partnership with La Bomba Casa Cultural



Saturday September 10, noon till 3pm
Samba and Circus Parade

Hosted in partnership with Central Coast Music Festival, Sydney Samba, Samba Trombada, Escola de Samba and Roundabout Circus

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Saturday September 24th, 8 till late

Rio Projekt - incredible stage show straight from Rio de Janeiro to the stage


Tour with Pablo

All of it and more

Pablo is offering an online history course in early June, with online training most days from Brazil until mid August,  then you can join him each weekend in a different city to train and connect. The final moment of the tour will be a parade in Gosford for the World Music Festival.