The camera pans over a wide shot of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the early 40's, as we hear samba music playing. The camera then moves towards a large house as we hear two female voices arguing inside.
Inside the house, we see a teenage girl named Amanda Oliveira, taking dance lessons with her mother, Barbara Oliveira. Amanda is trying to dance her own way, but Barbara keeps demanding her to follow specific instructions. Amanda sighs, saying this is as frustrating as when she tried to take horseback riding lessons, to which Barbara says that if she wants to dance for Carnaval, she has to do it the right way.
All of a sudden, Amanda's father, Lucas Oliveira, rushes in with a piece of paper looking excited. He hands the paper over to Barbara and Amanda, who are surprised to see what it says. Apparently, some Americans are coming to visit Brazil in a few days, just in time for Carnaval.
Barbara then says that they need to make this Carnaval extra special to make these Americans happy, to wh