L.A. SAMBA KIDS has far exceeds my expectations! I am incredibly touched by these children. I've known the group's coordinators, Sidney Lisboa and Roya for years, but I did not know about their work with these children until October 22, 2011. Despite, I had seen pictures of them and some video at facebook, I never really had attended any of their events. My involvement with them happened when I was choreographing and producing my own show called "A Night in Rio." Two weeks before the performance, I woke up in the middle of the night and something was telling me to invite them to the show. I contacted Sidney and Roya not believing that they would accept such of short-notice invitation. For my surprise and happiness, they accepted the invitation, but due to the schedules conflicts, transportation issues, and other factors, we never had a chance of having rehearsel together. I trusted my instinct! The L.A SAMBA KIDS was the highlight of our performance. They demonstrated talent, skills, and hard work. They played wonderful Brazilian music and also they were very receptive to the love and admiration given to them by the audience and other performers. I am so grateful that I listened to the voice that told me to call them to participate in my project. I am delighted and enchanted by the incredible work of Sidney and Roya with these children and learning about the actual conditions that they consistently deliver music, emotional support, and culture to these children, made me to become their number one fan. The importance and need of programs like L.A. SAMBA KIDS in LOS ANGELES are beyond measure. I just can imagine how many children could benefit from this program and how our future would be in better conditions. Sidney and Roya are bringing to the children at risk so much of strength, self-confidence, life choices, and positive attitude. They are giving this children a chance of remaking their life story and building their future! I completely fell in love with L.A. SAMBA KIDS and I truly believe that this program needs to receive all the community financial and other types of support.