Maxine-Laurie Marshall, 28: I discovered samba through a dance aerobics class. One day the instructor asked if anyone was interested in performing at Notting Hill carnival. I’d never done anything like that before and liked the idea, so signed up. I went to a night run by the Paraíso School of Samba, and that’s when I saw what I was getting into. I just fell in love and thought, I have to learn how to do this properly.