Passionate Samba Performance
by the Viradouro School of Samba
is a major Carnival attraction for tourists and residents of Rio.

Viradouro is a well known samba school in Brazil. The Viradouro Samba School is named after the street it is located on.It was the passionate vision of Nelson Dos Santos that decided to bring his love of samba together and form this wonderful dance group. His idea was created on June 24th, 1946.

Where is the Samba School:
Address: Avenue of the Contour, l6 - Barreto – Niterói

The colors of Viradouro Samba School are blue and rose. These colors were picked because of the significance of the date of conception matching the commemorative date of the Saint Joao Baptist. The colors have specific meaning blue for the mantle and rose for the vestments. These colors are proudly displayed by the performers at Carnival's Samba parade.

Thanks to the support and hard work of the samba dancers this school has done exceptionally well. The Viradouro Samba School danced for the first time in 1947 and with their splendid dancing style and traditional costumes they brought much color and life to Carnival.

From 1947 to 1963 the samba dancers of Viradouro managed to bring home an amazing 10 championships from the city of Niteroi where the samba school was founded. The Viradouro were only beat out an unsuccessful number of four times but even in those instances the placement was still very good.

The first attempt in dancing the samba parades of Rio de Janeiro was an unfortunate one. Due to some problems the samba dancers of the Viradouro Samba School were unable to compete in Rio. However, by 1965 they were invited to compete and their style was one that impressed most everyone. The schools unique samba performance will live in Viradouro performing history.

The samba school has travelled between Rio de Janeiro and their home base where it was all started. The lavish dances, beautiful women, and elegant stories leave everyone, no matter where they dance, in awe. The Viradouro Samba School was founded on a tradition of excellence that supported the true depth of Brazilian culture and the dream and tradition continue to live on today.

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