Australasian Samba Queen Competition

Will you be our new Queen of 2024? 

We are thrilled to announce that our Samba Queen Competition will be held from Friday 16 – Sunday 18 August, 2024 at the Broadbeach Cultural Centre – Gold Coast, Queensland.

Join us for 3 x days of Brazilian dance workshops featuring international and interstate instructors, PLUS a night of spectacular performances at the competition.

Our competition welcomes professional and semi-professional dancers to the stage to share their love of Samba and compete for the titles of Queen, Muse and Samba Princesses.

Everyone is welcome to attend our workshops as they will cater for beginner to advanced dancers.

Please follow us on Instagram – @AustralasianSambaCompetition and Facebook for all of the updates!

We are Australasia’s only dedicated Samba Competition!

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Download Samba Competition Judging Criteria

Introducing our Artists + Workshop Schedule

Sponsors & Stalls Guide


Would you like to have your products or services showcased to our captive audience? We have a handful of stall opportunities over the two days (plus nights) of our event. We have hundreds of women who are interested in fashion, makeup, beauty, skincare, hair, fitness & wellness. If this sounds like a great audience for your business, please register your interest. We would love to hear from you!



Do you have a product or service that you would like to have featured front and centre at our event? In our commitment to valuing our competitors, artists and community, each year we hand pick prizes for our category winners. Applications are now open to businesses who would like to sponsor a category. To apply email

About your host


A native of Brisbane, Australia, Mishel grew up surrounded by dance, with her parents passing on their love of ballet and ballroom, however it wasn’t until her first trip to Rio de Janeiro in 2003 that she developed her passion for Brazilian dance.

Mishel has spent the past 21 years travelling back and forth to Rio, studying extensively under the guidance of Brazilian Samba professionals, developing exclusive business contacts with the Carnival industry and becoming fluent in Brazilian Portuguese.

For the past 10 years she has conducted her Sambaliscious Rio Tours, which introduce foreigners to the magnificent city of Samba, with the highlight being performing on a float or in the International Samba Aisle in the Rio Carnival parade. So far Mishel has taken over 500 foreigners to experience the beauty of Brazil!

In 2014, Mishel represented Australia as its very first Destaque (highlight) on a float in the Rio Carnival, performing with Caprichosos de Pilares school, and followed with the role of Principal Destaque of the opening float for Paraiso do Tuitui in 2016. In 2017, Mishel performed as the very first Australian Muse in the history of Rio Carnival, performing on the Samba avenue for Rio’s oldest samba school, Estacio de Sa (2nd division), and then again in 2019 in the highest division of Carnival with Rio’s most traditional Samba school, Imperio Serrano.

Mishel is the founder and producer of the Australasian Samba Queen Competition (Australia) and launched the very first World Samba Congress and Samba Queen Competition in Rio in 2017. In 2021 Mishel launched the world’s first comprehensive online Samba Teacher Training programme in English and has so far trained dozens of teachers from Europe, Asia, USA and Australia to build their own Samba businesses.

Mishel has also taught and performed other Brazilian dance styles such as Zouk Lambada, Samba de Gafieira and Forro, and has a passion for Salsa, Flamenco, Bellydance and Hula, all of which have contributed to her very unique style.

She has travelled the world and taught thousands of women to dance in over 15 countries, whilst inspiring them to be fit, healthy and confident. She is also a qualified Yoga instructor and is passionate about injury prevention to ensure longevity in her dance career.

Mishel has a Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics, with a major in Japanese and minors in Spanish and French. She is a qualified English language instructor, and credits her university teacher training to helping her become an efficient, inspiring and vibrant dance instructor.