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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


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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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Wow so much history. I love Brazilian music, especially Brazilian parties!!

I have a question for you. I am working on a project for my grad thesis and I'm thinking about doing something on samba/batucada/Carnaval. The theme for the project has to be leadership. What would you say would be a leading element in samba or Carnaval? Is it the drummers? The sambistas? Is it the little agogo that gets everything started? or maybe the passion. I'd love to hear your opinion.

Because I am half Brazilian they say:
Eu sou brasileira na meu sangue
(I am Brazilian in my blood)

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