The Lions of Batucada are as open and inviting as possible. A typical bateria can have roughly 300 members, so we're always looking for new drummers and dancers!
Dance classes are taught by Lions of Batucada dancers, Renata Secco and Sheyla Mattos, every Thursday from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. at: SomaSpace, 4050 NE Broadway St., Portland, OR 97232 (behind the Hollywood Theater). The cost is $12 or $40 for a 4-week series. Open to all levels, ages, men/women - covering Samba, Samba Reggae, and Afro-Brazilian styles.
Renata - firstname.lastname@example.org or Sheyla - email@example.com
Before joining the group, new drummers typically attend samba technique classes. The Lions hold classes most Saturdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at: Rhythm Traders, 3904 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland, OR. 97212, 503-288-6950. The cost is $12.
Once prospective members decide on an instrument and become comfortable with its technique, they begin attending ensemble rehearsals. Ensemble rehearsals focus on how each instrument fits with the group, as well as rehearsing breaks, features and other Lions repertoire. Full Ensemble rehearsals are held on Sundays from Noon to 3:00 p.m. at: The Cultural Arts Foundation, 2512 SE Gladstone, Portland, OR 97202.
In addition, some instrument sections meet one other weekday to focus on material or technique specific to that instrument. Surdos and Caixas on Monday, Tamborim on Wednesday, etc.
Finally, once a new member is comfortable with their instrument, how it fits into the bateria, and the Lions repertoire, they may be invited to perform with the bateria.
The amount of time spent learning the drums, parts, and/or steps can vary greatly. Depending on one's background, aptitude, and the instrument chosen, members have begun performing with the bateria in as little as 3 months to as long as 2 years.