We are excited to be hosting the Houston Brazilian Dance & Music Conference at our new facility, and to be bringing a variety of international guest instructors for a series of workshops this summer!
We will offer master classes on Brazilian percussion and regional dances, as well as Capoeira, a Brazilian Martial Art!
Brazilian Arts Foundation is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
From Thursday, June 22nd to Sunday, June 25th, 2017
The Brazilian Arts Foundation is proud to present this exciting schedule for the 2017 Brazilian Dance & Music Conference below; from Samba de Gafieira, Forró, and Zouk to Brazilian percussion, Samba no Pé, and capoeira, this fun-packed line-up line-up is sure to bring you a weekend of joy and learning with plenty of options for you to enjoy!
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!
He has choreographed and performed in Carnaval parades of major samba schools in Rio, such as Mangueira, Beija Flor, Vila Isabel, and União da Ilha. He has also shared Brazilian rhythms with countries such as Portugal, Germany, Cuba, and Japan.
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.
Tony Paraná – Brazilian Percussion
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.
The Brazilian Arts Foundation is proud to present a variety of classes for the 2017 Brazilian Dance & Music Conference below; from Samba de Gafieira to Capoeira, Brazilian Percussion to Zouk and signature dances like Samba no Pé, we hope you will find great classes to have a wonderful weekend of fun and learning!
All classes are open to all levels for adults and children 13 years old and up!
Samba de Gafieira:
*Video Courtesy of Chris Brasil & Paulinha Penteado)
It’s a partner dance from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that evolved as a ballroom dance to the Brazilian samba musical rhythms. The term ‘Gafieira’ means “low dancing resort, gaff, honky-tonk” or “dance festivity frequented by the lower classes.” This is probably due to the fact that the Gafieira Samba was originally danced at cabarets near the red light district area in Rio. Later in the decade, it began to slowly climb its way up in society, eventually working its way all the way up to celebrities and some of the wealthiest people in town!
(pronounced foh-ho) is a lively dance style that has its origins in Northeast Brazil. Couples dance together (‘coladinho’), heads and hips often touching, spinning and skipping in a close embrace. Forró encompasses various dance styles as well as a number of different musical beats. This music genre has gained widespread popularity in all regions of Brazil, and is closely associated with Brazilian June Festivals, such as Saint John‘s day.
Samba no Pé:
Samba no pé (literally, “samba in the foot”) is a solo dance that is commonly danced impromptu when samba music is played. The basic movement involves a straight body and a bending of one knee at a time. The feet move very slightly – only a few inches at a time. The rhythm is 2/4, with 3 steps per measure. It can be thought of as a step-ball-change. It can be described calling it and-a-one, and-a-two, then back to one. The basic movement is the same to either side, where one foot moves to the outside lifting up just before the first beat (i.e. the right leg moves slightly to the right) and leg is kept as straight as a pole. The other foot moves slightly towards the front, and closer to the first foot. The second leg bends lightly at the knee so that the left side of the hip lowers and the right side appears to move higher. The weight is shifted to this inside foot briefly for the next “and-a”, then shifted back to the outside foot on the “two”, and the same series of actions is repeated towards the other side. Read More…
*Video courtesy of Ivo Vieira and Shani Zouk
Brazilian Zouk is a dance that developed from the Brazilian dance Lambada. The dance is now combined with a variety of music, including Caribbean Zouk music, which is how the dance came to be known as Zouk.
The word lambada refers to a whip motion, which is the motion created by the body when dancing lambada. Read More…
Dance & Martial Arts Classes:
(Fight like a dancer, dance like a fighter!)
Capoeira is the national treasure of Brazil; a unique Afro-Brazilian martial art, Capoeira is played in a ‘roda,’ or circle, between two players.
The game challenges physical agility and coordination, as well as strategy and interaction. Students learn the physical art, as well as how to play music (an essential component of the game) on a variety of instruments used in the roda, and to sing and speak in Portuguese.
All of these skills add to the expressive and creative nature of Capoeira.