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© FRANCE 24 screengrab | Maryam Kaba from France will lead the Vila Isabel dance troupe at this year's carnival in Rio.

Video by Marc PAUPE , Solange MOUGIN

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-02-24

A former professional gymnast from France will lead one of the most renowned samba troupes at this year’s Carnival in Brazil. FRANCE 24 spoke to the dancer as she prepared for the performance of a lifetime.

When Maryam Kaba arrived in Brazil three years ago, she could not have imagined that she would one day be asked to lead the Vila Isabel dance school in their performance at the world famous Brazilian street festival.

“The choreographer called me and said: ‘I’ve seen what you do and this is made for you’,” Kaba said.

It was Vila Isabel choreographer Patrick Carvalho who chose Kaba to lead his troupe. “Maryam is the most Brazilian of French women I’ve ever seen in my life,” he said. “I love her art and her dance. Everything is on her shoulders. She's the one who's going to represent us."

To watch the full FRANCE 24 report, click on the video player above.

Date created : 2017-02-24

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