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    Argentine tango party in San Francisco. All photos by Marcy Mendelson.

Salsa Night

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    Salsa Night at Little Baobab. All photos by Marcy Mendelson

The Rehearsal

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    Diamano Coura West African Dance Company rehearses in Oakland, California for the 2006 performance. All photos by Marcy Mendelson

The Rehearsal II

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    Dress rehearsal for the Diamano Coura West African Dance Company in Oakland, California. All photos by Marcy Mendelson

Carnaval Costumes

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    Costume Designer Jair Oliveira at work in his studio. Photos by Marcy Mendelson

La Feria Andalucia

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    Barcelona, Spain... Couples dance Sevillanas at La Feria. Photographs by Marcy Mendelson.

Romani Dance

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    Romani women dance Flamenco Puro in the streets of Italy. Photographs/ Copyright, Rana Halprin

Sambistas

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    Maisa Duke and her Energia do Samba dance troupe kick it up at a San Francisco nightclub. Photographs by Marcy Mendelson

Sambistas Part II

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    Maisa, Vanessa, Ingrid and Serena of Energia do Samba dance in San Francisco at Mangarosa Restaurant. Photographs by Marcy Mendelson

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tonya

Thank you so much for posting these (and running the contest!) I loved looking at all of them! I am especially interested in the first, which won best overall, by Eric Crawford. I really want to go to Carnival this year and dance in the parade with a samba school, but I'm not sure how to go about doing it. Could you post any info on this, or direct me to a place that does? I clicked on Eric's link but it goes to a music website and I can't find out how to contact him directly...

Marcy

Hi Tonya,
Some Samba schools in America lead tours to Brazil during Carnaval. Try joining a few Yahoo Groups that talk about Brazil and Samba. Also you can contact Eric by clicking the link on the left side of his page "contact the editor" which will take you to an email address.
Start first by calling your local dance school to see if they have any leads!

tonya

Okay, will do! Thanks, Marcy! And thanks for all these fascinating pictures!

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