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Unidos da Filadelfia 
(Philadelphia United) 
is a community-based samba school modeled after the Carnaval parade organizations of
Rio de Janeiro and 
Salvador da Bahia in Brazil.

How does Unidos work?

Michael Stevens teaches regular classes for learners at all levels of experience.  Classes are drop-in -- you don't have to commit to a set number or series of classes.  Pay as you go and attend when you can.  The more you attend, the more you play, the more you learn! 

Instruments are provided, although some students buy their own after playing for a while.  Rhythms include Batucada (Rio style), Samba Reggae, Xote, Maracatu, Carioca Funk, Frevo and other variations.  


Beginners: Classes are slower paced, with more attention to teaching rhythms and technique.  These classes are ideal for folks who are new to drumming, new to samba and/or are learning an instrument that is new to them.

All Levels: Classes are just that - anyone can attend, regardless of previous experience.  That said, this class is mostly attended by people who have already been playing for a bit.  This class is faster paced, with a lot of learning "on the fly".

Classes are scheduled as follows:


Beginners:  Sundays @1:30pm ($15)

All Levels: Thursdays @6:00pm and Sundays @3pm ($15)

The schedule is subject to change (especially Sundays), so it's best to check the google calendar (below) which is kept up to date.   Mike also sends out emails about changes in class times.  In order to get on his notification list, email him at sambafreak13@gmail.com  

This is a lively and friendly community of amateur drummers that includes novices as well as experienced musicians.  Unidos is sometimes invited to perform at community events and we love to get people dancing!
Our rehearsals currently take place at The Commodore Barry Club in Mt Airy, 6815 Emlen St, Philly, PA, 19119  See map below.





Unidos Calendar








Unidos Performs!!

Go to  Unidos Performs!!  to learn about past and upcoming performances -- and how to get Unidos da Filadelfia to perform rocking rowdy samba at your community event!

Upcoming Performances...

  • June 20th - Benefit for Carnival de Resistance!
    Come one, come all! To help bring in funds and share the vision of the Carnival, we'll be hosting a sushi dinner, music show and samba drum and dance party featuring Jon Felton and his Soulmobile, Caleb Lange, and Unidos da Filadelfia.

    You’ll hear songs full of wanderlust, wonder for creation and longing for a better way! We’ll share fun tales of what the Carnival de Resistance has accomplished and where we’re heading! Then, we’ll shake it out at the end with our local samba school, Unidos da Filadelfia,  and celebrate the Carnival way with drums and dancing!

    So, go ahead! Put it on your calendar!
    Delight the senses and give support to a worthy cause!

    Admission for music only is $10 for adults
    Awesome deal for sushi dinner is $15 for adults, $10 for children
    Considering you get your belly fed, $25 is a great deal and a great way to support our work!

    Doors open and food ready at 7 PM, programming begins at 7:30.

    Learn more about the Carnival at www.carnivalderesistance.com
    Posted Jun 12, 2015, 10:48 AM by Karen E
  • Unidos performs at ArtWell Festival and Citywide Imagining
    Sunday, May 31st from 1pm - 5pm, ArtWell will host a free community arts festival. Student’s arts-based social action projects will be presented in addition to free art, poetry, music, performance and dance, food trucks and more!  Unidos is expected to begin performing at approximately 4pm.

    Family Friendly!  Free!

    The ArtWell Festival at Oxford Mills
    100 W, Oxford St.  Philadelphia, PA  19122

    http://theartwell.org/arts/artwell-festival/
    Posted May 20, 2015, 12:50 PM by Karen E
  • Upcoming Carnaval Show!
    Unidos performs with Phillybloco on February 21st, 2015 for Carnaval at Ardmore Music Hall

    Posted Jan 29, 2015, 9:12 PM by Karen E
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Sign up!

You do not have to sign up in order to show up and take a class!

However, if you are interested in being added to Mike's Unidos email notification list, please complete the form below.  If you have questions about Unidos da Filadelfia that aren't addressed on this website, contact Mike Stevens at sambafreak13@gmail.com 


Unidos Contact form


Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center

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