Samba Fogo Presents 8th Annual Samba Queen Contest


Salt Lake City, Utah – Local band and dance company Samba Fogo presents their 8th Annual Samba Queen Contest on Saturday, February 4 at Pierpont Place. The doors open at 8:00 p.m. with live Brazilian music, and the dance competition begins at 9:00 p.m.

The Samba Queen Contest is no ordinary event. Guests will enjoy dancing to live music at Samba Queen – it’s a lively, energetic night on the town, supporting Salt Lake’s art community. Dancers entertain the crowd as they compete for the title of 2017 Rainha Do Samba (Queen Of Samba) adorned in traditional Brazilian Carnaval costumes of bright colors, feathers, sparkling bikinis and sky-high heels. Each contestant gets a chance to perform a two-minute solo with a live Brazilian drum line, and local celebrity judges and audience voting determine the winner! 


The Samba Queen Contest is open to all who desire to compete, and Samba Fogo Director Lorin Hansen will be teaching a four-week Samba Dance Workshop to prepare contestants to compete! The “Prepare For Samba Queen” Workshop will run Saturdays, January 7 - 28, 2:00-3:30pm and is open to all levels. The workshop costs $60 and is located at the SLC Arts Hub, 663 W 100 S in downtown Salt Lake City. 


The week of the event, very special guest judge Fernanda Mesquita from Rio De Janeiro will be teaching three Samba master classes, open to all levels. for more information on all Samba dance workshops. 


Tickets to the Samba Queen Contest are $20 in advance, available through or $25 at the door the night of the event. VIP tables are available for $200. VIP tables seat four and come with a private cocktail server, a great view of the stage, and VIP treatment. To reserve a VIP table, please email [email protected].


Pierpont Place is located at 163 W. Pierpont Ave. The event is open to ages 16+ and there will be a cash bar for ages 21+. For more information about Samba Fogo’s Samba Queen Contest,, email [email protected], or call (801) 520-0444