Sundays, 10:30-11:30 am (starting Sept. 22) Afro-Brazilian Dance with Flavia

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Sundays, 10:30-11:30 am (starting Sept. 22) Afro-Brazilian Dance with Flavia


Afro Brazilian Dance 

Afro-Brazilian dance is a rhythmic embodiment of African oral traditions. It expresses ritual drama and homage to the gods and to nature. The classes incorporate orixá movements, samba de roda, samba reggae,Samba afro.The classes provide exposure to Brazilian culture and a means of self-expression and physical exercise.  

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.


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Flavia  Nascimento was immersed in Afro Brazilian culture during her upbringing in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. She has over 18 years of dance experience. Flavia received her training inAfro-Brazilian dance at Tambolelê Cultural Center in Belo Horizonte and FUNCEB (Fundação Cultural do Estado da Bahia/Cultural Foundation of the State of Bahia) Dance School in Salvador, Bahia. Flavia received special training during the Festivas de Arte Negra (Black Arts Festival) which memorialized the connections of sacred African dances to Afro Diaspora movements. Flavia taught dance workshops at the Encontro Internacional de Capoeira Angola (International Encounter of Capoeira Angola). For three consecutive years Flavia was invited to give dance workshops at the Oberlin College Department of Theater and Africana Studies. The Oberlin workshop culminated in a student led performance at the Djapo Cultural Arts Institution in Cleveland .  

Flavia was a a featured choreographer during Joy of Motion’s Studio to Stage performance “Roots: African Diaspora Dance”. She composed masterful choreography that honored Afro-Brazilian traditions of Orixas Dance, Samba de Roda, Samba Afro, and contemporary  Afro-Brazilian movements. Flavia instructed elementary school students in the foundations of Afro-Brasilian dance during an after-school arts program. Flavia then created a special choreography titled “ HER Story Showcase” in which the students performed for their families. Flavia’s dance sessions and practices affirmed the students in self confidence and self esteem.

 Flavia currently teaches, performs and conducts Afro-Brazilian dance workshops in Washington, DC and Metropolitan. Flavia’s is passionately committed to using her artistry to reconnect individuals with their ancestry. Flavia’s focus is to affirm and empower communities through dance. 

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