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Contemporary Brazilian Dance Celebrating African Roots!
On April 28-29, for the first time in Austin, TX, Dance Africa Fest welcomes Brazilian dancer-choreographer Rosangela Silvestre for an in-depth, two-day workshop exploring contemporary Brazilian dance and its African roots.
Taught by a premier artist of modern-day African-influenced Brazilian dance, this high-energy workshop introduces students to a unique blend of traditional and modern dance techniques, with each class incorporating live drumming performed by some of Austin’s best musicians. This dance workshop series is sure to engage and delight students of all ages and levels!
About the Instructor
Rosangela Silvestre | Salvador Bahia, Brazil. Contemporary Brazilian dancer-choreographer Rosangela Silvestre is acknowledged worldwide as one of the leading authorities on contemporary African-influenced Brazilian dance. Her aesthetic and teaching style allow dancers from a variety of backgrounds to understand dance not only as a way to develop specific abilities but also as a means of self-expression.
Silvestre’s biography boasts extensive experience as a performer, choreographer, and teacher spanning more than 40 years. The numerous workshops she teaches every year in cities across the globe attest not only to the demand for this kind of content, but also to her popularity among trained professional dancers and laypersons alike.
Rosangela Silvestre is also recognized for her development of Silvestre Technique, which has been adopted by dance communities in Brazil and the world over. This technique uniquely combines Brazilian Orixa dance movement, North American modern dance techniques like Horton and Graham, and other symbolic elements. She is also renowned for her classes on the Symbology of the Orixas, which focus on the “connections between the rhythms and the traditional movement, archetype, and story of the Orixa dances interpreted as an art form.”
Saturday, April 28, 2018
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm. Symbology of Orixa Dances (Orixa dance movement and rhythms).
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm. Silvestre Technique (Brazilian Orixa dance movement fused with contemporary dance).
Sunday, April 29, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm. Symbology of Orixa Dance (Orixa dance movement and rhythms).
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm. Silvestre Technique (Brazilian Orixa dance movement fused with contemporary dance).
Live percussion for every class.
All levels welcome.
Pre-registration recommended as space is limited.
1 class $17.00
2 classes $30.00
3 classes $45.00
4 classes $60.00
Photo credit: Eric M. Crawford Photography.
This workshop series is presented in partnership with Dance Africa Fest. This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and Austin Economic Development Department.
What's the refund policy?
~ Unfortunately there are no refunds for this workshop series.
Are there any accessibility features?
~ The venue is wheelchair accessible, and has accessible parking. Dance Africa Fest is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special assistance for participation in our programs please contact us at Tonya@DanceAfricaFest.org.
What to wear?
Dance wear or yoga attire. Bare feet, jazz slippers or similar light foot covering is recommended for this class. No street shoes or running shoes, please.