Samba Fogo Presents 11th Annual Samba Queen and King Contest

Fire Duet (Samba Fogo)

Local performing arts company Samba Fogo presents the 11th Annual Samba Queen and King Conteston Saturday, February 29 at Metro Music Hall. Doors open at 8:00pm with live Brazilian music, and the dance competition begins at 9:00pm. 

The Samba Queen and King Contest is no ordinary event – it’s a lively, energetic night on the town, supporting Salt Lake’s art community. Dancers entertain the crowd as they compete in celebratory Carnival costumes for the title of 2020 Rainha e Rei Do Samba (Queen and King of Samba), accompanied by live Samba drums!  

Samba Fogo will heat up Salt Lake City with this 11th annual event, featuring live music and dancing for all, all night. Samba Queen is a dance party, a music concert and a dance competition. This yearly celebration is a beloved mainstay in the Salt Lake arts community, and this year Samba Fogo is turning up the heat to add three new divisions to the competition. For the first year ever, Samba Fogo will crown both a Queen and a King, plus ensembles of dancers can enter the Group section, and the Semi-Pro division will open up the Samba Queen experience to samba lovers in the community who are just beginning their samba journey. 

To support this range of new talent and opportunities, Samba Fogo will bring in a panel of international samba artists and guest teachers for a full weekend of dance workshops. This year’s guest samba stars will include three-time National Samba King champion Amrahu Ibraheem from Brooklyn, Aninha Malandro from Rio de Janeiro, Angelique Starks from Phoneix, AZ, 2019 Samba Queen Gabriella Nascimento from Rio de Janeiro, and Rodson Santos de Jesus from Salvador, Bahia. Samba Fogo director Lorin Hansen, 2018 and 2019 winner of the International Samba Congress Female Malandro Samba Dance Championship, will also teach in the workshop series. The Samba Queen Workshop Weekend will be held February 28, 29, and March 1 at the SLC Arts Hub. For workshop schedule, information, and registration, visit

Tickets to the Samba Queen Contest are $25 in advance, available through 24tix (, or $30 at the door the night of the event. VIP tables and single VIP tickets are available for $50 – $100 per person. VIP tickets come with cocktail service to your table, a great view of the stage, and VIP treatment. VIP options are limited, so act fast.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.