Ana Carla Laidley was born and raised and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ana grew up in the cradle of SAMBA: Estação Primeira de Mangueira, where her father was a very well-known respected musician and her mother an excellent and one of the first samba dancers “passistas.”
She has been teaching samba for 25 years in the USA and her classes integrate traditional and contemporary Samba styles.
Aninha has developed a teaching samba methodology that combines her life’s experiences with Samba and her psychology background. Her method provides a space not only for people to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Brazilian culture as well as reconnect with their body, mind, and soul!
Ana’s debut in the Samba Schools parade happened when she was 5-year-old, and she paraded for over 30 years.
She is the founder of the groups Samba N’Motion and Malandro N’ Motion and has choreographed several numbers that reflect her understanding and passion for the Samba de Malandro and her respect to the varieties of style and movements of this unique form of dance: SAMBA!
Ana is also the co-founder of the International Samba Congress.
Only the Saturday workshop is included in all Batizado packages, however both classes are available as single workshops for all students! You don’t have to be a practitioner of capoeira to join the fun!
Here are some videos of Aninha! We hope you enjoy them!
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"Brazilian Arts Foundation is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance"