Paivinha (João Paiva dos Santos) was a fighter for the reason for samba and a renowned mestre-sala in the historic occasions from the ranchos, fellowships that preceded the samba colleges. He discovered the choreography from the mestres-sala with grasp João Dias, who qualified with Hilário Jovino. Paivinha was the mestre-sala from the rancho Ninho perform Amor in the Morro perform Pinto (Rio de Janeiro RJ). Around 1910 he became a member of the Flor perform Lírio. Within the next 12 months he joined up with the Flor perform Abacate, staying there until 1913, when he departed for the Mimosas Cravinas, switching towards the Ameno Resedá in 1925. Time for the rancho Flor de Abacate in 1930, using the developing samba motion, he became a representative for the Deixa Falar. He was also an acting professional, having been an associate from the Companhia Bataclan Negra and Companhia Negra de Revista, and a journalist. In 1958 he was the champion of the Resident Samba contest marketed with the Associação de Escolas de Samba perform Brasil, representing the Em fun??o deíso perform Tuiuti samba college. After earning the competition in 1959, 1961, and 1962, he was honored simply because the official Resident Samba of the town of Rio de Janeiro. Within the next season the Confederação Brasileira das Escolas de Samba appointed him as Rei perform Samba (Ruler of Samba). Using the definitive name, he participated as visitor of honor in a number of Carnival festivities just like the I Simpósio Nacional perform Samba (1966).