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The Brazilian Arts Foundation is proud to present the guest instructors participating in the 2017 Brazilian Dance & Music Conference below; directly from Brazil, New Orleans, LA and Houston locals, we hope this diverse line-up of knowledge and talent will bring you a weekend of fun and learning!
Born and raised in the Samba world, Paulinha is an important icon in the São Paulo Carnaval, as she has been the First Porta Bandeira at the Vai Vai Samba School for the past 12 years. Her career as a samba teacher began as a Samba no Pé instructor, and she currently teaches at the Casa de Dança Carlinhos de Jesus in São Paulo, where she also develops experimental work with different dance genres such as Samba de Gafieira.
Her partnership with Chris Brasil since 2015 has combined his experience with her passion for dance. As they continuously study and develop their ballroom skills, they also bridge a union between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
Christina Anita da Silva (Instrutora Rosa) – Capoeira Instructor – Arte Reviver Capoeira, New Orleans, Louisiana
Christina (Instrutora Rosa) began training capoeira in 2003 in Atlanta, GA. In 2007, she moved to New Orleans, LA, where she currently lives, opening a regional capoeira school which didn’t exist in the city.
In 2012, her instructor journey began, teaching adult and kids classes while aiding Mestrando Cocada during his classes at their main location. Rosa received her Instructora level corda in 2015.
Brazilian Artist, professional musician, and capoeirista, Tony Parana’s music knowledge was shaped primarily in the streets of Bahia – the epicenter of Afro-Brazilian music and dance, and in the giant cultural metropolis of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
Samba, candomblé, maracutu, and maculêlê, where among the many rhythms he learned first-hand from the masters found in these cities as these traditional celebrations continue to be passed on from generation to generation. This ‘street conservatory’ shaped his passion for music and dance, making him the musician he is today. In 2002 he moved to the US resulting in performances from the Latin Grammys with John Legend to the American Folk Festival in Montana to Dance Africa in Denver to Jones Hall in Houston. Living in New Mexico, California, and now Texas, his engagement in the Brazilian community, and larger art & music scene, has always been one of positive impact. Tony is passionate about continuously involving himself in cultural projects that bring people together and strengthen communities.
Establishing deeper roots in Houston since 2007, he has been instrumental in the advancement of many disciplines and founded the Montrose Arts Society Artists (MASA), which hosts showcases for artists, and presents programs at schools and in the community. Through his work with the Brazilian Arts Foundation team (Houston) he taught music, Brazilian rhythms variations (samba, samba de roda, samba-reggae, and others), was a percussion leader in the organization’s band, performing around the city at venues such as Jones Hall, Discovery Green, Jones Plaza, Houston Latin Festival, Houston Brazilian Festival, International Festival, and several more.
Paraná first began his journey in Capoeira 12 years ago, and today he leads his own capoeira projects in Houston as a Graduado of Capoeira Luanda in Houston. Tony maintains an active artistic calendar that includes live performances, visual arts exhibitions, and regular trips to his native Brazil, which keep him connected and up-to-date with the new developments in the culture’s artistic expressions.
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