Each performance lasts 1 hour and synchronizes as many as 4,000 costumed dancers separated by as many as 8 huge floats, which can have 30 dancers on each. The schools have a theme and a newly written song to interpret their theme. The main component of the presentation is the big battery of drummers that retain the fast pace BPM (beats per minute) which is often measured on the TV coverage to provide statistics. The presentation is divided into Ala’s, like scenes in a play, each has unique costume to illustrate another aspect of the theme, there may be 40 Ala’s to the presentation all choreographed. Some of the costumes are very elaborate but made of light weight plastics and colorful cloth, along with the dancers there are coaches who help to keep the timing and organization because a school is penalized if they’re 1 minute longer than an hour completing their parade of the SambaDrome.
The most important component of each Samba school’s presentation is the beautiful dancing women. In front of each is the Porta Bandiera escorted by the best costumed man, as she carries the flag for the schools and wears a mask and the most elaborate gown or dress like a Princess, they twirl and spin, showing off the flag and introducing the dancers. Somewhere in the middle of the parade will be the main float atop of which will be the Queen of the Samba School, often a celebrity or famous model/dancer and always nearly naked and dancing Samba as fast and as well as it can be danced. It’s a great honor of Brazil to be the Queen of the Samba School and the winner of the entire Carnival will become famous for lfe as a result.
The winner of the 2010 carnival in Rio de Janeiro was recognized Unidos da Tijuca samba school which is one of the oldest schools of Belgium. Last time the honored title Unidos da Tijuca had taken in 1931. According to the witnesses, the samba school “Unidos da Tijuca” had totally fascinated the public which was applauding them from the very beginning and calling them the winners and “champions”. The second place with a slight difference was taken by the “Academicos do Grande Rio” samba school and the third place was for Beija-Flor.