‘Growing up in Rio de Janeiro you do not have a choice, you either dance or you dance,’ Mrs Cole said.
‘I would participate in the Rio Carnival since I was little in samba school, so this is why I think the samba is very much in my blood.
‘It’s just all about the happiness and explosion of energy. I do not even see dancing as: ‘I have to go to work’, I see it as: ‘I have to go and have fun’.’
The Subi Street Festival on Thursday, December 5 is organised by Visit Subiaco and sponsored by the Western Suburbs Weekly.
Llama Bar owner Tim Monaghan said the festival was a very important part of Subiaco’s calendar.
‘Each year seems to be bigger and better than the one before it,’ Mr Monaghan said.
‘Llama Bar has always been closely involved because it’s always great to bring extra life and excitement into Subiaco.
‘This year we’ll have the main stage right out the front and all the windows open to the street to watch the action. We will also have cocktails on offer, live DJs playing inside and our chef is coming up with some great ideas for street food.’
Mrs Cole said she loved dancing the samba because it was about people enjoying themselves, letting go and not being shy about showing off happiness.
‘The dance is very high energy and no one has time to blink ” even though the costumes are quite small so most people don’t want to blink anyway,’ she said.
‘I will be in my element on the day, everyone should get ready because it is going to be like carnival in Australia.’