Afro-Brazilian DanceSat 9:30-10:30am & 10:30-11:30am
Afro-Brazilian dance is the rhythmic embodiment of African oral traditions. In its performance of African oral traditions, the elements of ritual drama, nature, to the leader are preserved. The everyday local dance of a community is mainly represented by movements arising in rituals (not necessarily religious, but cultural), accompanied by strong influence of African rhythms and instruments. Afro-Brazilian dance incorporates Orixá movements without the ritual or liturgy of Candomblé, adapted for the stage from Candomblé’s ritual spaces, samba de roda, samba reggae and other rhythms and movements. The dance also highlights the day to day experience African people’s lives, representing moments such as harvesting, cutting cane, preparing flour, and hunting; or rites and traditions such as the arrival of a king, the crowning of a leader, and death. Agility and release of head, shoulders, arms, torso and hips are common points of movements that range in intensity of energy, slowness and sensuality. Knees bent and feet strongly beating time show the connection to the land.
5 classes for $85
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What are the benefits of doing Afro Brazilian Dance?
Differential physical exercise, anti-stress therapy, combats shyness, slimming and accelerates metabolism, helps to combat depression, elevates high esteem, exercises body and mind, improves motor coordination.
In this cultural exercise, you begin to learn Afro dance and its variants, a unique opportunity to accompany the history of Brazilian culture and also to experience joy.
About Flavia do Nascimento
Flavia was born in Belo Horizonte, in Minas Gerais, Flavia has 15 years of dance experience and participates in dance workshops offered in events such as FIT: Festivas de Arte Negra (Black Arts Festival) as well as in the Cultural Centers where she lives. In these workshops, Flavia has taken instruction from well-known dance instructors such as Marlene Silva, Evandro Passos and a very important African dancer, Germanie Acrogry. Nascimento was a part of the Cultural Center Tambolelê where she practiced Afro-dance and Samba, with the instructor Jussara Ferreira five years.