VamoLá! is a Seattle-based Brazilian drum and dance ensemble that brings the spirit of Carnaval to life through vibrant parades and performances. Our main focus is on Rio-style samba, but we perform a variety of other music and dance styles from all over Brazil. Our name means, “Let’s go!” in Portuguese, and we do just that — we get people going!
VamoLá was founded in 2000 by a musician named Tom Armstrong along with his wife and a group of friends and community members that shared an interest in samba and Brazilian culture. Today we’re still going strong, and our group is led by a Steering Committee of drummers and dancers:
- Musical and Drum Director: Grant Emery
- Assistant Drum Director, Booking Manager: Mitch Fishman
- Dance Director: Erin Hurr
- Dance Co-Director: Lisa Fann
- Treasurer: Dev Nambi