Though a young group, Passistas Samba dancers have transformed the Chicago Samba dance scene, from their costuming, to their performance style, and even their trademark samba poses! According to the founder, Rachel Montiel: "We strive for excellence: every performance, every client experience, every event!"
Passistas has performed throughout the country, making several appearances for regionally and nationally televised programming, including a special guest feature on WGN, guest appearances on Telemundo, Univision, Escandalo T.V. and Control, dancing samba in costume. The group continues to grow in popularity, most recently being commissioned by the City of Chicago to represent Brazilian dance in the Summerdance series for a third year in a row. The troupe was also specially selected to perform for a platinum gala event in Texas, having been chosen over other noteworthy samba dance companies from around the United States!
Passistas Samba can provide whatever the event requires - ranging from the liberal to the ultra-conservative. Past and current performances include Brookfield Zoo's 75th Anniversary, Chicago Summerdance, University of Michigan, Macalester College, Loyola University, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, White Sox Cellular Field pre-game shows, Chicago Fire pre-game shows, Casinos, corporate events, weddings, platinum galas, fund raisers, children's events, nightclubs, and churches! Passistas work with different costume designers and travel to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Brazil annually to personally select hand-made designs so that all costumes are brand new or in excellent condition.
All samba dancers employed are professional, young, lovely and fit (photos showcased are NOT altered so that the dancer you see pictured is the dancer you get - no false representations and no surprises) We are Chicago's original Passistas!
Luciano Antonio: Band Leader
Yaasha Abraham: Dance Director & Director of Youth Outreach
Rachel Montiel: Founder
What to Expect
A private and secure private room/changing area
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Baby Shower, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Casino, Christmas Party, Church Service, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Dinner Dance, Ethnic Celebration, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Graduation, Grand Opening, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Launch Party, Parade, Restaurant, Sporting Event, Trade Show, Wedding Reception
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