Manchester School of Samba - Since March 1995

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What is MSS?

Manchester School of Samba (MSS) (click here for office contact details)., a fine, friendly bunch of people and the first Samba School in the NW of England, which formed in March 1995 to foster the appreciation of Brazilian Carnival culture through rhythm, melody, dance, puppetry and simple costumes.
MSS have provided an often life enhancing introduction to percussion and dance for hundreds of people as well as an opportunity for some to make new friends, build on their knowledge and strengths, be inspired and subsequently make it part of their life. We currently have 50+ fully fledged members including dancers and drummers, and for special occasions also like to recruit a brass section and puppeteers. We focus on Brazilian Carnival Art forms, and teach rhythms & dances from different parts of Brazil at all levels from beginners to advanced and are open to all people.

Scroll down this page for more information including pictures and even more videos!.


Hire Us!

With over two decades experience in providing affordable crowd stopping shows, inspirational workshops and courses for schools and colleges, as well as motivational team building for a range of corporate clients if you are organising a function or event or perhaps want your workforce to enjoy an activity as a team, we are sure MSS can help to provide that magical moment! For more information scroll down for videos or click here...

Can I Play?

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Come along and find out!

Hello and a warm welcome to anyone who has just encountered MSS! We look primarily for those who wish to become our new players and dancers and perform at future events (especially The Manchester Day Parade and Brazilica), but there are some who attend our main rehearsal regularly just for the fun of it! We hope you come along to that, on a Wednesday, like what you see, and consider joining us.

We will be holding sessions twice a week for limited periods only (once we find another venue so bear with us), to hopefully give you an insight into the music we love and perhaps make MSS part of your busy life...

If you'd like to set out for yourself on that journey of exploration then your last chance in 2018 will be...Wednesday 19th December 2018!

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To find us on a Wednesday make your way down to Sacred Trinity Church near Deansgate (situated behind the traffic lights on the junction of Chapel St and Blackfriars Rd, - an easy walk from Piccadilly - just continue down Market Street/St Mary's Gate and straight on over Deansgate, until the route crosses the Irwell into Salford over the bridge that is Blackfriars Street, and you'll see the Church between the railway viaduct and Chapel Street, behind and slightly to the left of the lights), for 7.00p.m. and join the rehearsal (brief pause around 8.30, 9.30p.m. finish). If you are in a car there's free on street parking on Chapel Street!

We are open to participants of all levels of ability and you can join at any time throughout the year. We provide all necessary percussion and a dance space, to any potential enthusiast over the age of 16 (children can come under the supervision of their parent or guardian) and is very affordable at UKP 6/5.50 per session to non members!

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I Wanna Dance!

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If you just fancy an exciting way to work out or want to become one of our dancers and perform as part of MSS, then come down and join the dancers!

The dance class runs as part of the same class as the drumming, and forms an integral part of every rehearsal each week Wednesday at Sacred Trinity Church .

When you come along to one of the main rehearsals just off Deansgate at Sacred Trinity Church on Wednesdays (7.00 - 9.30p.m.), Danny (at the front in the picture above) will soon have you up to speed! We are open to participants of all levels of ability and you can join at any time throughout the year. We provide a dance space to any potential enthusiast over the age of 16 (children can come under the supervision of their parent or guardian), and each session is very affordable at UKP 5/4.50 per session to non members.

Experienced Members please make a special effort to attend the first Wednesday of the month so we can introduce new pieces and and tighten up our material.

We always need new people. If you think that could include you, come down on Wednesday and try it out for yourself!

Last main dance and drum rehearsal of 2018? Wednesday 19th December 2018! (See the box " Can I Play" above for walking directions).

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Can I Watch?

Manchester School of Samba as part of The Storming by Humberto Velez

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For Tony's musings on various aspects of Brazilian and Mancunian culture take a regular look at his

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Keep an eye on this box for details of some of our public performances.

For some images and videos see "News" below.

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We had a hand (or two) in this video!

Playing outside Cosmo Restaurant for their official opening event!

Some headdresses we custom made for Haribo.

Sunday 22nd June 2014 MSS was proud to play The Manchester Day Parade

Previous Years

This is us in 2013.

Sunday 10th June 2012

At 3:46 mins

At 20:29 mins

At 14:33 mins

Sunday 26th June 2011 (see below for more videos)

Manchester School of Samba is Anthony Watt trading as "Manchester School of Samba" or MSS