Ensaio Mangueira – Mangueira Samba Rehearsal – Samba Mangueira 2010

Mangueira 2010 Samba Rehearsal

Samba practice or samba rehearsal at Mangueira Samba-School is one of the best bets for tourists visiting Rio de Janeiro.   Samba Rehearsals for those who are not familiar with samba or Carnaval culture in Brazil, is the name given to practice routines at the Samba-school premises, called “quadra” in Portuguese, which means court.  

See below real footage video of a rehearsal at Mangueira Samba Palace!

Below, the new Mangueira Queen Renata Santos.  The muse is a constant presence at the Samba practices, since she has to maintain her samba dance routines!

Renata Santos - Mangueira

Photo Credit: Eduardo Telles - Estação Primeira de Mangueira Org.

The samba practice, like the Mangueira samba, is organized by the Samba-School staff, and involves multiples background activities, so samba-school members can take the opportunity to practice for the samba “march” and carnival parade.  At the same time, the samba practice has to be ready to welcome tourists who flock to Rio, who want to visit the court and take part of the show.  A samba practice normally lasts for 3-5 hours, but when the carnival is approaching some samba practices can start mid-night and only end in the morning. 

This is the Samba Palace looks without the crowd.

Mangueira Samba Palace

Photo Credit: Eduardo Telles - Estação Primeira de Mangueira Org.

Some of the practice routines made by the samba schools members include several departments within a samba-school, and such as the Flag-Bearer / Samba Host Choreography, Drums Section tuning specific opening wing dance routines, elite samba dancers choreography, singers warm-up and tuning, and overall harmony and integration amongst samba-school members.   Drum Queen, Muses, Carnaval Goddesses and beautiful celebrities can be seen too, all through this Carnaval event.

And this is what it looks like after mid-night!

Samba Mangueira Palace

These activities performed at the Samba Rehearsal, or in Portuguese called “Ensaio de samba” happen from August 2009 through February 2010.

Mangueira Practice Video! 



One of the most concurred Samba practices takes place at the Mangueira premises, in the so called “Palace of Samba” and is surely samba event in Rio you simply can´t miss.   The “Ensaios at Mangueira” or Samba Rehearsals at Mangueira take place every Saturday and start at 11:00 PM.

Part of the samba practice is devoted to the Flag-Bearer choreography

Samba Practice Mangueira
Photo Credit: Eduardo Telles - Estação Primeira de Mangueira Org.

At the Mangueira Samba Rehearsal, you can buy Brazilian Brahma beer, at R$ 3,00 each all through the night, as well “caipirinhas”, Brazilian fruits cocktails, vodka, and soft drinks.   Around the court, there are dozens of refrigerated coolers where helpful waiters and bartenders are ready to provide you with the chilling beer.

Brazilcarnival.com.br organizes pick up tours for tourist who are in Rio and which to take part in an authentic samba practice.   As native Cariocas, we will guide you through this amazing Samba event, and make sure you go and come back to your Rio Hotel with safety and comfort.  All our Vans and Micro Buses are authorized by Tourism Department, have air-conditioner and are in constant maintenance.

We are sure you will have great fun at this breath-taking samba event in Rio.  You will not only be a spectator, but become an effective participant at the Rio Carnival.   Send us an e-mail or give us a local call and we will gladly contact you in any hotel or apartment.  ( tel. 2553 1870 )


Mangueira Samba Rehearsal Service Info:

PICK-UP:  11:00 PM ( 23:00hs )
RETURN:  3:00 PM ( 03:00 hs )
WHEN:  Every Saturday until February 2010
ONE FREE DRINK INCLUDED on our tab!

Another cool thing at Mangueira Samba practice is that many of the elite samba dancers of the samba-school invite you to dance, take pictures, and make sure you get the most of this amazing experience.  Brazilian Soccer celebrities are also a constant presence there.

Below, the former Mangueira Queen - Gracyanne Barbosa

Samba Mangueira


For 2010, Mangueira´s Theme-Plot is called : “Mangueira is the Music of Brazil” or in the original name in Portuguese: “Mangueira é a Música do Brasil.”

Below, you can find the Lyrics of Mangueira Samba theme for 2010:


"Mangueira é música do Brasil"

“Vai passar”
Nessa avenida mais um samba popular
Mangueira até “parece um céu no chão”
É música vestida de emoção
Com notas e acordes refletiu
Em suas cores o orgulho do brasil
Nas ondas do rádio,
De norte a sul viajei com a melodia...
Vai, minha inspiração
“Num doce balanço a caminho do mar”
Vem me trazer a canção
Pro mundo se encantar

“Corra e olhe o céu” em verde e rosa
Brilham as estrelas imortais
“Bate outra vez” uma saudade
Lembro dos antigos carnavais

Um verso me levou
Do rock à jovem guarda
Fui “caminhando e cantando” ao luar
“Com a tropicália no olhar”
Atrás do trio eu quero ver
O baile começar e a noite adormecer
“O sol nascerá”, as cortinas irão se fechar
“Folhas secas” virão e o show vai continuar

Meu coração é verde e rosa
Descendo o morro, eu vou
A música, alegria do povo
Chegou, a mangueira chegou


Composed by: Renan Brandão, Machado, Paulinho Bandolim annd Rodrigo Carioca


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