2007 Carnaval San Francisco King and Queen competition took place at
Fanatics Sports Entertainment complex in San Francisco on March 31,
2007. You can find images and video of the top four finishers in the
Queen competition here.
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channel for videos relating to Carnaval around the world, and San
Francisco's historic Mission District. The top finishers: Queen -
1st Runner Up - Raffaela Falchi
2nd Runner Up - Gina Amato
3rd Runner Up - Laura Gilbert
Marina Junquiera Born in Brazil, Marina moved to
the Bay Area at the age of 10. An interest in Brazilian culture led her
to samba dancing and participating in Carnaval San Francisco for the
last 10 years. She performs with Aquarela Brazilian Dance Troupe, which
now holds the distinction of having five Carnaval San Francisco Queens
and two Kings from its ranks!
1st Runner Up
Raffaella has been exploring Brazilian samba for 10 years. Her
primary focuses are samba, axe (a-shay), and Afro-Brazilian. She is
co-founder of Sambamora and her class at Rhythm and Motion was awarded
"Best Samba Class." She believes that dance is creative expression and
should always be fun.
2nd Runner Up
Dancing since the age of five, Gina Amato has trained in various
forms of ethnic and classical dance from ballet to Brazilian. She has
danced in Cheo Rojas' Afro-Cuban company and with Jacque Barnes' Rhythms
Tropical, samba company. Gina currently dances with Mara Reggae, Rhonda
and Wilson Low's Brazilian dance and drum ensemble.
3rd Runner Up
A native of Sacramento, Laura Gilbert is a professional dancer
and choreographer. She is currently a member of Samba da Terra under the
artistic direction of Marta Santos. Laura holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts
in Dance and has taught, choreographed and performed all over North and
Carnaval San Francisco's great Carlos Aceituno passed
on September on Tuesday September 26, 2006. Many of the
entrants at this years King and Queen competition dedicated
their performance to Carlos.
The leader of Fogo Na Roupa was loved by all as an
inspirational mentor, teacher, and creative force whose
everyday example of living life in the present and coming
together joyously through the power of song dance and
community at Carnaval time will long be remembered.
Tribute to Carlos Flight of the Quetzal
"We can now remember that SMILE and
all his LOVE that he gave to our community
throughout his lifetime through memory. El
Es Dios! "
- Roberto Hernandez, Artistic Director
of Carnaval SF