The Paraiso holds both dance and percussion classes twice weekly. Percussion classes are held on Wednesdays at 8.30pm at the Space in Old Street, and on Thursdays at 8.30pm at St Matthews Church in Brixton. There are also dance classes on Wednesdays at 7.00pm at Old Street and Thursdays at 7.30pm (beginners) and 8.30pm (intermediates) at Brixton. All classes cost £7.
You may have noticed your author mentioned the Paraiso in his Londonist interview yesterday, and it is no conincidence as he has played with them for a year and a half and joined them at Notting Hill Carnival last year where the School, numbering 250 members and extended for around half a mile, was rated the best samba school by judges and the third best act overall. Not bad considering it is the world's second largest carnival.
So, if you have ever fancied trying your hand at Brazilian percussion or dancing, why not pop along. The Wednesday classes are specifically aimed at beginners and improvers, and if you're not sure and want to talk about it just email tomtiredoflondon[at]gmail[dot]com or visit http://www.paraisosamba.co.uk/