Samba Queen 2020

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February 29, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Metro Music Hall
615 W 100 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Samba Fogo
(801) 520-0444

Samba Fogo Presents 11th Annual Samba Queen Contest!

Come watch Utah’s hottest Samba dancers compete for the title of Rainha e Rei Do Samba, Queen and King Of Samba!

  • Saturday, February 29 at Metro Music Hall

Doors open at 8:00pm with live Samba music

  • Dance competition begins at 9pm
  • Ages 21+

The Samba Queen Contest is no ordinary event.

Dancers entertain the crowd as they compete for the title of 2020 Rainha e Rei Do Samba (Queen and King Of Samba), accompanied by live Samba drums!

Samba Fogo will heat up Salt Lake City with this 11th annual event, featuring traditional Brazilian Carnival costumes of bright colors, feathers, sparkling bikinis and sky-high heels for our Queens, and dapper white suits, fedoras and loafers for our “Malandros” or Kings.

NEW THIS YEAR: Group, King, & Semi Pro Divisions!

-Group Contest – group choreography section
-King Contest – Rei Do Samba section
-Semi-Pro Contest – a section for those who are just beginning their samba journey, but want to enter the contest!

And of course, we will crown our 2020 Rainha Do Samba, Princesa do Samba, and Musa do Samba!

The contest is open to all who are aged 21 and up. Costumes are available to rent, and each contestant gets a chance to perform a two-minute solo on stage with a live Brazilian Bateria (drum line)! Guest judges and audience voting determine our 2020 winners.

The event is open to ages 21+. Cash Bar hosted by Metro Music Hall, serving Caipirinhas (yummy Brazilian cocktail).

THIS IS NOT A SIT-DOWN EVENT. There is live music and dancing for all, all night. It’s a dance party in addition to a dance contest!


Our guests this year include:
– Amrahu Ibraheem – 3-time National Samba King
– Nascimento Gabriella – 2019 Samba Queen and dancer with Portela’s Comissāo de Frente
– Angelique Marquand Starks – director of SambAZ and host of the National Samba Queen Competition
– Lorin Hansen – 2-time Female Malandro Champion and director of Samba Fogo
– Aninha Malandro – organizer of the International Samba Congress and Brazilian samba royalty

Everyone is welcome to participate in the workshops, regardless of ability level – these classes are for all genders, all levels.

Workshops are Friday February 28, 6-9pm, Saturday February 29, 11am-2pm, and Sunday March 1, 11am-2pm. All classes will be held at the SLC Arts Hub, 663 W 100 S. Workshop schedule and registration coming soon!

Prizes and contest registration coming soon!

Cash Bar hosted by Metro Music Hall

Metro Music Hall is located at 615 W 100 S in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. The event is open to ages 21+.

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