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Afro-Brazilian Dance Workshop
- $5 general admission; free for members
About This Program
Learn traditional and modern Afro Brazilian dance from Brazilian professors Agatha Oliveira and Edileusa Santos! Take a journey in dance as participants explore the styles and techniques of Afro-Brazilian cultural dance on the rooftop of the Gantt Center. This workshop is open to all ages, no matter your experience level. We encourage comfortable clothes and shoes, and an open mind!
About The Artists
Agatha Oliveira is a professor at the Federal University of Bahia Dance School. Since 2002, she has taught dance workshops in Brazil and the United States and has danced professionally throughout Brazil, U.S., Europe, Australia and South America. Her impressive pedigree includes a Ph.D. in Performance as a Public Practice from the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin where she also holds a M.A. from the African and African Diaspora Studies department. Her thesis explored cultural exchanges and socio-political networks between American dancer-choreographer Katherine Dunham and Brazilian dancer-choreographer Mercedes Batista during the 1950s and 1960s. Oliveira also holds a second M.A. in Science of Arts from the Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and her B.A. in Dance from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.
Edileusa Santos teaches dance at the Federal University of Bahia Dance School where she has been a member of the artistic staff since the 1980s. Santos is a teacher, dancer, choreographer and director. She recently created and directed the piece “Asé Women” (Mulheres do Asé). Santos earned a B.A. in Dance from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and has had an impressive career there! She was the artistic director and choreographer at UFBA’s research group, Odundê and she founded the Center for Afro-Brazilian Studies (Núcleo de Estudos Afro-Brasileiros). Santos has taught classes and workshops in Brazil and worldwide with a focus on “Dance of Black Expression,” a methodology she created. She choreographed, danced and taught classes at Dance Brazil – Capoeira Foundation, New York. She also participated in artistic residencies at the University of Florida, University of Tennessee and University of Alabama.