As one of the older schools parading at Rio Carnival, Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Acadêmicos do Salgueiro has a large and loyal fan base; considered by some to be elitist, GRES Salgueiro is the favorite school of many celebrities. Despite the elitist vibe people may get, the schools official motto is, “Not better, nor worse, just a different (samba) school”.
The product of two Samba Schools called Azul e Branco do Salgueiro (Salgueiro’s Blue and White) and Depois Eu Digo (I’ll Say it Later), that merged again with a Samba School called Unidos do Salgueiro, Salgueiro holds an impressive nine overall Rio de Janeiro Carnival titles: 1960, 1963, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1993, and most recently in 2009. The school’s official symbol is fire, which is often used in its parades. Salgueiro was perhaps the most famous Samba School in the 1960s, and was widely acclaimed for its unbelievable performances from its first-class samba dancers. The Salgueiro Samba School was one of the first schools to display the culture and achievements of the Afro-Brazilians. Salgueiro boasts one of the most popular samba halls that is centrally located near the Centro (city center), in one of the safest areas of Rio de Janeiro, especially when compared to most other schools, which are based in the crime-ridden favelas.
Service Projects: The Salgueiro Samba School is intricately involved in the community of Greater Tijuca. Salgueiro developed the “Design Vocational Training Academy” to provide care to the young residents of Tijuca and its surrounding neighborhoods to prepare them for the labor market. With the support of Petrobas, the project offers courses in Sceneography, Design, Retail, and Makeup. The academy focuses on training students to plan, develop and run theaters and cinema houses; and to plan, develop, and execute costume and make-up for the theater and film. The project provides students with a guide to understanding the country’s labor laws aimed at professional development in the area, and to create the environment necessary for the insertion or reinsertion of youth into formal education.
The 11-month course offers classes in Portuguese, mathematics, laws and regulations, production of shows, set design (theory and practice), clothing, makeup, art education, Carnival (development of plot, synopsis, allegories and costumes), professional creativity and body expression. Students receive a scholarship that includes funds for transportation, snacks, basic school supplies and materials.
Salgueiro Samba School is also involved in local development and infrastructure projects. The Samba School builds classrooms, renovates bathrooms, acquires machinery and equipment. What’s more, Salgueiro Samba School developed institutions that provide medical and dental care to the poverty-stricken people of the favelas of Tijuca, through volunteer doctors. These services are free to the community.
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