Sambaxé (pronounced: sahm-bah-shay) is a Brazilian inspired music and dance company, led by artistic director Raffaella Falchi and musical director Alfie Macias. Their mission is to create a fun and safe environment in which to explore Brazilian dance, music, culture and tradition, both in the classes and on the stage. It formed in 2008 as a way to continue spreading Brazilian culture through samba music and dance performances. In Brazilian culture, Axé means life force/energy. Sambaxé’s tagline is, “Dance is a celebration of Life.”

Sambaxé is a full force, energetic group of dancers that perform many styles of Brazilian dance including Samba No Pé (from Rio de Janeiro), Samba Reggae, Samba Axé, Maculelé, Samba Malandro, Afoxe, and Frevo. They also offer multi-level dance classes and workshops both nationally and internationally.


  • Dance Classes (all levels)
  • Performance Workshops (Percussion & Dance)
  • Annual SF Carnaval Parade Contingent
  • Dance Retreats in Brazil & Tulum, Mexico
  • Custom Costume Design
  • Costume Rentals & Sales
  • Performances & Shows
  • Choreography