Portela is one of many samba schools in Rio. They have rehearsals on Tuesdays. The rehearsals happen in a huge stadium with a building in the middle. The dancers walk around the building for 3-4-5 hours. All participants are equally welcome% old and young, fat and slim, ugly and pretty, talented and not really.
It is an experience of mass-madness and belonging to the group more than anything else.
All those people who live locally, come once a week to become a part of the community. Old friends meet, kids play with kids, boys meet girls... It is a busy evening