Luana Meireles Dasilva
Samba Instructor, Brazilian Arts Foundation
The Samba class at the BAF is energetic, fun, and dynamic. As an instructor, I focus on creating a welcoming and colorful environment for students of all walks of life and dance experience levels. It’s easy to get caught up on the glamorous side of samba, and, especially for beginners, to be somewhat intimidated by the moves…but I really believe that the most beautiful thing about samba and all its different manifestations is the expression of happiness, freedom, and “alegria de viver” (joy of living) that makes it so contagious around the world.
The idea is to come and have fun! In the end, this is the aspect of the vibrant culture that the BAF strives to expose all the people who walk in the cultural center to! Dance, sweat, smile, make connections with new people, and develop a new way of expressing joy through music and dance: SAMBA!
Research administrator, Rice University
I have been taking classes (capoeira and samba) here for over 6 years and can’t say enough about the positive impact it has made on my life. The instructors are passionate about their craft and passing on their knowledge, history, and love for capoeira to the students. In all the years I’ve been taking lessons there I’ve never had a class end early, but often go past the end time. The atmosphere is one of family, with everyone helping each other to improve. If you are interested in improving your overall health, core strength, and flexibility in a great atmosphere, this is the place to go.
I moved away less than 2 years ago and I still think of and remember the BAF fondly. They were, they are and they always will be a family to me. It does not matter how long I am gone, I always feel welcomed. I have learned so much from capoeira and from Gringo. I will always remember when Gringo said, “you will get as much out of it as you put in”. And so it has been true for capoeira and in life. I have learned amazing lessons that I always carry with me. I would recommend the Foundation in a heart beat for all subjects. The instructors are all professionals.
I have been a student at the Brazilian Arts Foundation for almost 5 years and have found a second family of people who are very supportive and caring of their students and programs. The growth in quality of the programs, service and facility is notorious as well as the different educational and entertainment events provided to the community. At the BAF people get to experience culture and education from many different angles from language, plastic arts and sports discipline in a family friendly environment. I am very thankful that I ran into the foundation for capoeira training because that has led me to learn a new language, to meet great people, to belong to the community and to give back to them. I also love seeing all my peers make progress and see great friendships thrive from everyone’s efforts.
38, Technical Support Coordinator, ICERM at Brown University
“The Brazilian Arts Foundation is one of those places where you walk through the door expecting one thing, and you end up getting so much more. I joined the group three and a half years ago with the sole intention of continuing my capoeira training, and since then my eyes have been opened to the incredible array of gifts this organization has to offer not only students at the studio location, but the wider community. The sense of community service embodied by Mauricio Campos and the board of directors is nothing if not laudable, and their drive to do good in the wider world is infectious.”
Artist, Capoeira Luanda Houston Kids Instructor
I started taking capoeira class at the BAF in 2006 and have learned so much since then. After 3 years taking 2 to 3, sometimes 4 classes every week, I started teach capoeira classes for kids at the BAF. Today, I teach 5 days a week with the same passion that was taught to me. The president Mauricio Campos, also my capoeira teacher, is very passionate about sharing Brazilian culture through his work and teaching style. I always recommend the BAF to all my friends and people who are interested in learning about Brazil. They do several programs in the community including art programs for seniors, music/percussion classes, portuguese classes, samba classes and other traditional brazilian dances.
I love it!