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Rainha Do Samba

Samba Fogo's Annual Samba Queen contest is inspired by Rio's world famous Carnival tradition. The Queen of Carnival is chosen through a contest based on her dance ability, energy, stage presence, ornate costume, beauty and style, but above all she must have the "Carnival Spirit".


This annual event serves as an opportunity for community members to celebrate and honor the deeply-rooted tradition of Carnival - a tradition where imagination comes to life, fantasies become realities, and everyday people transform into royalty.

Samba Queen is no ordinary event.

Samba Queen Salt Lake City 2017 8th Annual Marcelo and Ananda and CrowdDancers entertain the crowd as they compete for the title of 2019 Rainha Do Samba (Queen Of Samba) adorned in traditional Brazilian Carnival costumes of bright colors, feathers, sparkling bikinis and sky-high heels.

Each contestant gets a chance to perform a two-minute solo with a live Brazilian drum line, and local celebrity judges and audience voting determine the winner!

“As each dancer came out I was overwhelmed with anticipation and anxiety, one brave soul after another engaging with the crowd, connecting with the live drum beat in their own unique way. It’s truly one of kind – especially around here. The event captures the spirit of Carnival so well. – James Beach, 2018 Attendee

Samba competition with live music performed by Samba Fogo.

Samba Queen Salt Lake City 2017 8th Annual Frida Moses QueenThis is not just a dance contest. It’s a dance party. Leading up to the contest, Samba Fogo will perform live Brazilian tunes featuring vocalist Solange Gomes from São Paulo and guitarist George Edgar Brown from Brasilia. Beginning at 9pm, elaborately costumed dancers will hit the stage to compete in groups of 3 or 4.  Between each group of contestants, Samba Fogo will perform 1-2 songs to get the audience on their feet.

Metro Music Hall is in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. The event is open to ages 21+. General admission to the event is $25 in advance or $30 at the door (if available).

We have several VIP options this year – VIP Tier I tables seat four and are available for advance purchase at $400. VIP Tier II tables seat four and are available for advanced purchase of $300. We also have single VIP seats for $75 and a “Booth With Friends” option at $300. Booths seat 6 people and are a bit further back than the other VIP sections. All VIP sections include cocktail service and a great view of the stage, Advance purchase only.

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Samba Queen Dance Workshops

To honor our tenth anniversary, we are holding a full weekend of dance workshops with several samba experts we are flying in for the weekend:
  • Ana Laidley (Aninha Malandro) from Rio De Janeiro / LA
  • Danielle Lima from Rio De Janeiro / New York
  • Angelique Starks from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Marcelo Gomes from Recife / SLC
  • Danielle Banci from NYC
  • Lorin Hansen – 2018 Female Malandro Champion from SLC


Workshops will be held:
Friday, January 25, 6:00-10:00pm
Saturday, January 26, 10:15am-2:30pm
Sunday, January 27, 11:00am-2:00pm