Czech dancer wins place in Rio carnival parade competition at the Sambódromo
Taking part in the carnival parade in Rio is an unforgettable experience and all you need to do is don a mask and costume and join in the revelry. But only the very best dancers have the privilege of dancing at the Sambódromo. Among the few foreigners to join this elite group of Brazilian dancers for the 2017 parade competition was Czech actor and dancer Viktor Polášek.
“I won a contest to take part which is absolutely incredible. All these fabulous Brazilian dancers and a Czech guy gets a break. I’m absolutely thrilled.”
This is no exaggerated modesty. The highly respected Manguiera, Brazil’s most popular samba school, has the pick of the country’s very best dancers and the Rio carnival parade competition is a showcase of its talent where foreign dancers rarely make an appearance. Viktor Polášek says that despite this he was immediately taken on board by the team.
“The funny thing is they had no idea I was Czech. When we started training and the team first got together everyone seemed to know everyone else. When I said I was Czech and had lived in Brazil for five years they stared at me in disbelief.”
“We are thrilled and absolutely exhausted. The crowd loved our performance and I think we gave them a great show. The four months of training were definitely worth it.”