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Samba do Coraçao


“Samba do Coraçao” (Samba do Cora-sao)  

“Samba from the Heart” in Portuguese, is

lead by Artistic Director, Mary Dollar. 


For 20 years, the group has been dedicated to the growth of Brazilian culture, inspired by the many dances and rhythms of Brazil.  


Performing widely in the San Francisco Bay Area, the company has opened for many headliners, including Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, Los Van Van and Pete Escovedo. The group has toured nationally and internationally, playing to sold out audiences in Asia, Central & South America. 


Other credits and awards include the highly competitive San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and Grand Prize Winners in the San Francisco Carnaval. 


Samba do Coraçao performing company will add warmth, color and the festive spirit of Carnaval to any event!




"LJ M. Director  Client Development - TicketWeb

Hire Samba do Coracao for your next event- your guests will marvel at the performance; the costumes, caliber of dancing and music are fantastic and you will remember them for years to come. I have worked with Mary and her Company on several occasions and I have always been extremely happy with the results. I highly recommend Mary and Samba do Coracao."

February 6, 2010, LJ was Mary's client


Angela C. V.P. Symphony League of Santa Cruz County

The performance of the “Samba do Coraçao” dancers at our “Carnaval in Rio” event was superb! Your costumes and the quality of your dancing brought the crowd into the perfect exciting happy party mood that we all enjoyed very much.

March 5, 2009, AC was a client



Julie B.  KQED Event Coordinator

Thank you for performing at KQED’s Latino Heritage Month Celebration! It was a very successful event and KQED is very proud to honor the Bay Area Latino Community. Samba do Coraçao provided a fun, colorful and exciting finale to the event!

September 28, 2005, JB was a client



Jeff P. In-House Events Coordinator, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Thank you and your ensemble for performing at our “Degadance” event at the Legion of Honor museum. Although much effort were put into the decor, food, and libations, your group was what really brought the event to life! Your beautiful costumes, Brazilian beat and authentic dances were the highlight of the evening!

November 20, 2003, JP was a client

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