Rocinha – Academicos da Rocinha Samba School

Academicos da Rocinha Samba-School


When we talk about samba-schools in Rio de Janeiro, we normally think of traditional names like Portela, Mangueira, Salgueiro and Unidos da Tijuca.   But a relatively new samba-school in Rio de Janeiro has emerged in the last Carnivals of Brazil because of its creativity and structure:  Academicos da Rocinha (which means “small ranch” ).  Being established in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Rio, São Conrado, “Academicos da Rocinha Samba School” has grown tremendously over the last 10 years, being champion 6 times in smaller Samba Groups like Group D, C, B and A.  In 2005, with Carnival Producer Alex de Souza, they won the Group A Carnival Title, which granted them access to the elite samba group in Rio called “Special Group”.  One of the reasons for their success was the hiring of established Carnaval professionals like legendary Carnival Producer Joaosinho Trinta, and Carnaval divas like Adriane Galisteu and Fabia Borges.  Let´s take a closer look at Academicos da Rocinha´s profile.

Rocinha Photo Flag Bearer Parade
Photo Credit: Alexandre Vidal - Agencia FOTO BR

Below, a video a Queen of Rocinha, when she was practicing at Salgueiro Samba School.

Acadêmicos da Rocinha Samba School had its origin on the thirty first of march 1988 coming from three street blocks from Rocinha slum: The “Império da Gávea” , Sangue Jovem and “Unidos da Rocinha”.  Its symbol is a butterfly and the colors are Blue, Green and White.   They paraded for the first time as a samba school in 1989 at Group 4, parading on Intendente Magalhães Road in Campinho neighborhood.   At the time, their carnaval producer was Joãozinho Trinta and that year the school achieved the championship and went up to Group 3.  In 1990, the school was champion of Group 3 and in 1991 of Group 2 taking them up to Group 1 where they remained until 1996, year that achieved a second place and granted the right to parade for the first time in the Special Group.

Rocinha Samba-School since its creation has been famous too because of its astonishing models, like Fabia Borges.

Fabia Borges Photo Rocinha

Photo Credit: Alexandre Vidal - Agencia FOTO BR

From 2002 onwards, the Acadêmicos da Rocinha samba school remained on Group A and in 2005, with the samba theme “Um Mundo sem Fronteiras” the samba-school achieved the Rio Carnaval Access championship and had the right to parade in 2006 again for Special Group.  However, the school ended up demoted to the Access Group after a parade with 371,7 points.

Even though the school belonged to the Access Group, their carnival parades were always known for the richness of its materials.

Opening Wing Photo Rio

Photo Credit: Alexandre Vidal - Agencia FOTO BR

On 2008 carnaval, Max Lopes´s assistant, Fábio Ricardo, made his debut as carnaval producer.   That year, Rocinha achieved a second place with Império Serrano Samba-School as champion.  The theme in 2008 was related to the Northeast region on Brazil.  It was very sucessful theme parade since many members of the Rocinha community came from that region.  In 2009, São Conrado neighborhood school made a tribute to cartoon artist J. Carlos  with the theme “Tem Francesinha no Salão… O Rio no meu Coração” achieving the third place with 239 points, remaining at Access A Group for 2010 Carnaval.

Here you see an interview by Fabia Borges, who was Queen for Rocinha Samba -School for many years:

Below, another display of boldness and luxury of the samba-school in 2008 float.

Carnival Photo Rocinha Rio

Photo Credit: Alexandre Vidal - Agencia FOTO BR

Rocinha will remain with Carnaval Producer Fábio Ricardo for 2010 carnaval and is looking for another comeback to the so cherished Special Group with the samba theme “Ykamiabas”, based on a book that tells the saga of warrior woman that arrived in the Amazon ten thousand years ago.   Rocinha´s history is a proof that with much effort and samba passion, a beautiful and organized Carnaval samba-school can be created in relatively short period of time.  Finally, Academicos da Rocinha hosts one of the best Samba Rehearsals ou in Portuguese "Ensaio de Carnaval" at their premisses ( called quadra ).  Their rehearsal facility is located in Sao Conrado, and during the Carnival season, especially January and February, hundreds of people pack to see the young, beautiful and tanned Cariocas.

Fabia Borges Photo Rocinha

Rocinha 2010 - Technical Information

Founded:                           March 31st of 1988 (21 years)
Godmother school:               Vila Isabel
Colors:                               Green, blue and white
Symbol:                              Butterfly
Neighborhood:                      São Conrado
Rehearsal court:                   Berta Lutz Street number 80
President:                           Maurício Mattos
Carnaval Producer:               
Official Interpreter:              Leléu
Carnaval Director:                Pedro Arídio
Harmony director:                Jorge Mariano
Drum section máster:           Mestre Maurão
Drum Queen: 
Mestre-sala and porta-bandeira couple: Daniel Elegância and Alessandra Chagas
Choreographer:                   Celeste Lima and Marcio Moura
2012 theme:                      

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