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Samba New York!

Samba New York!

11 reviews

About Samba New York!

Providing top quality Brazilian music and dance entertainment for special events, Samba New York! is a world-renowned samba performance company based in New York City. We feature the area's largest, most talented and highly-trained team of professional samba drummers and dancers, with a résumé that includes ESPN’s Upfront at the Minskoff Theater, the WITNESS Gala hosted by Peter Gabriel, Central Park SummerStage, NIKE, Starbucks, Pepsi Co., the Today Show, and countless private parties. Offering a diversity of Brazilian shows — from Carnaval samba to pagode, bossa nova, Capoeira, and more — Samba New York! is the company of choice when your event just has to be extraordinary.




By Milestone E. B. K. on December 6, 2016

I am a wedding planner and recently had the privilege of hiring samba ny for a hora loca hour! There authenticity could not be matched they had an amazing sound and all the guests on their feet!! The wedding I planned was mixtures of two cultures and one side of the family has never seen a performance like this at a wedding they were mesmerized! Philip and Valerie are great to work with and very professional leading up the event which always makes my job easier!!
I look forward to working together again on many more events in the future!

Hired as: Samba Band

Great performance to rock the party

By Marcos A. on November 14, 2016

Samba New York! played all the classic samba songs from Rio's street carnival in our party and did a great job. The crowd was entertained and nostalgic Brazilians dreaming of carnival from back home could get a good taste of it.

Hired as: Samba Band

Amazing, wonderful, powerful and professional!

By Jason A. on August 22, 2016

Mountainside wanted to thank Samba New York for bringing such energy, love, and music to our first annual Sober Cruise! The dancers were amazing, joined in the dancing with guest, posed for pictures, and were extremely professional The bass nova dinner number was the perfect dinner music before amazing and energetic performances to finish off the night.

Hired as: Bossa Nova Band, Drum / Percussion Show, Samba Band, Brazilian Entertainment

Response from Samba New York!:

Many thanks to you and your team for choosing Samba New York! for the cruise. We were honored to have been invited and had an amazing time performing for the guests!
Best regards,
Philip Galinsky, Ph.D.
Founder and Director, Samba New York!

Samba Wedding!

By John C. on February 7, 2016

Samba New York's performance was amazing at my best friend's​ wedding. The drummers and the dancers brought the energy to a higher level​ and got everyone on the dance floor. ​​​If ​you want ​​v​ery professional and easy to work with​ performers, this is the band for you.​​ ​I​ am planning an event this year and can't wait to have Samba New York! raise the roof.

Hired as: Samba Dancer, Samba Band

A joyful celebration with Samba New York

By Nathalie G. on January 18, 2016

Samba New York! was the perfect choice of entertainment and live music for our wedding. The drummers and beautiful dancers got everybody on the floor to dance and an awesome time was had by all. Philip and Valerie are extremely professional and a pleasure to work with and they went out of their way to accommodate our requests. We highly recommend Samba New York! for your wedding or special event, it's a unique and amazing show that will be the delight of all your guests.

Hired as: Samba Dancer, Samba Band

Fusion Wedding - Brazil-USA

By Bianca B. on February 5, 2015

Samba New York was amazing and ever so accommodating. I was sad I had not succeeded in hiring a Samba band for my wedding and luckily, the night before the event, a friend mentioned them. I called with little hopes of finding what I wanted but I did. By 9pm, as Phillip, the band leader, promised, I would have an answer and in this case, we sealed the deal. The quality and presence of the band is also amazing! They really know what they are doing. The spirit of Brazil in a very classy way. Many many thanks for making my weeding even more memorable! Highly Recommend! ***** BB

Hired as: Samba Band

Response from Samba New York!:

Bianca, we are most grateful that you chose Samba New York! for your wedding and so glad we were able to put the show together for you. Congratulations once again!

Great Experience - Highly Recommend

By Dhani A. on February 3, 2015

My entire experience with Samba New York was extraordinary. From the first phone call, to the subsequent planning calls, the final logistics discussions, the troop actually getting to my venue on time, having the performers ready on time, and putting on a great show, was nothing short of perfection. The director of Samba New York, Phillip, was professional, courteous, and accommodating. The performers were fantastic. My guests loved the drummers and were mesmerized by the dancers, especially the boys :-). The overall performance was fantastic. I would recommend this group to anyone and wish Phillip and his team much success.

Hired as: Brazilian Entertainment

Response from Samba New York!:

Dhani, we greatly appreciate your kind words. It was an honor to perform for your event and a joy to work with you as well. Thank you so much!

Made our entire party!

By Allie F. on March 4, 2014

Samba New York! was not only extremely professional, easy, flexible and friendly to work with -- their actual performance at our party was what made the entire party a success. Until they performed, it was just a regular kind of event for our young professionals group -- but they had everyone up dancing, clapping, caught up in the music and the Brazilian culture. And days later, they are still all everyone is talking about with regards to the party! Such a hit. We would work with them again in a heartbeat and recommend them most highly.

Hired as: Brazilian Entertainment, Samba Band

Response from Samba New York!:

Hi Allie,
Samba New York! thoroughly enjoyed performing for the Young Professionals of the Americas Carnaval party. We are incredibly grateful to be able to share our music and dancing with people as appreciative and responsive as you and your amazing team. We look forward to working with you again soon!
Many thanks,

Best Party Ever!!! is what our guests said

By Paul N. on March 3, 2014

We had Samba New York at our Mardi Gras/Carnival party as special entertainment and it could not have been better. The planning was easy and professional with Philip staying in constant contact. The performers brought great energy and big smiles to ensure everyone had good time. The crowd was up and dancing at the encouragement of the dancers. The best tribute to the performance was as the group was leaving having changed out of costumes the whole party broke into spontaneous applause to thank then for an unforgettable experience.

Hired as: Samba Band

Response from Samba New York!:

Hi Paul,
Samba New York! had a wonderful time and were so honored to perform for such a warm and appreciative group of people. Anytime you'd like us back, we'd be delighted!
Many thanks,

Great Family Fun!

By Denise M. on August 13, 2013

Prospect Park Zoo has hosted Samba New York! for several years at our Samba with the Sea Lions event. Phillip and his crew are great to work with and put on a super show - zoo visitors, staff and even the sea lions enjoy it!

Hired as: Samba Band

Response from Samba New York!:

Hi Denise,
This event holds a special place in our heart. Samba New York! is most grateful to have been a part of such a fun and creative concept. You and everyone involved are so wonderful to work with. We look forward to the next opportunity to collaborate with the Zoo.
Many thanks,

Amazing performance!!! Get everyone up dancing!

By Andreia W. on July 4, 2013

I had a group of 3 drummers and 2 samba dancers performing at my husbands 50th Birthday party and it was AMAZING!!! Philip Jalinsky is very professional and manage everything so nice. No headaches! They are very, very good musicians and the dancers were very good and engaged with the people. Our family and friends will be talking about his forever. The way that the music got everyone up dancing was great. People that I never saw dance before was so happy dancing around. I recommend this group with 5 stars in all the categories and thanks so much for making our party the Best party ever!

Hired as: Samba Band, Brazilian Entertainment

Response from Samba New York!:

What fun it was to perform for your husband's party and to be able to unite such an appreciative group of guests, both Brazilian and American, in one big samba celebration. We would love to collaborate with you again soon!
Muito obrigado,

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 10 - 60 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Insurance: $2,000,000 - Commercial General Liability
  • Languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish


Our professional Show Group comprises an exceptional roster of samba percussionists and spectacularly costumed dancers; singers; guitarists; players of the cavaquinho, the characteristic small Brazilian guitar; acrobatic performers of Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art/dance; horn players; and whatever other type of performer may be required.

We customize our performances according to the specifications of each event and always do our best to work within each client's budget. Our most popular shows cover such styles as Carnaval samba; pagode samba; bossa nova; Brazilian jazz; and Capoeira. Let us know what you're looking for, and we'll be glad to put together the optimal Brazilian show for your next special occasion!

Additional Booking Notes

All rider info is included in the contract.


Samba New York! is a world-renowned samba performance company dedicated to entertaining, educating, and uplifting people of all backgrounds with the exhilarating music and dance of Brazil.

A leading educator and performer of samba percussion in the US, and one of the foremost ethnomusicologists specializing in Brazilian music, Philip Galinsky, PhD founded Samba New York! in 2003 and is the group’s Director and principal percussionist. The group's Choreographer is Danielle Lima, who grew up in Rio’s samba world as a member of the famous Beija-Flor Samba School and has emerged as one of the top Brazilian dancers and teachers in the US.

Past Booked Events

May 21, 2016 USA Ethnic Festival
May 21, 2016 NYC Dance Parade
May 14, 2016 Palisades Library's 125th Anniversary
May 07, 2016 Wesleyan University
May 02, 2016 Manchester University

Influences & Inspiration

Samba New York's main influences are Rio's samba schools, samba groups, and samba artists; and the blocos afro and afoxés of Bahia.

Setup Requirements

Non required


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