Brasilidade Series: SambaViva - a variety of Brazilian dance genres, including Brazilian funk, axé, samba reggae, samba no pé

Friday, December 04, 2020 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Virtual Event

SambaViva is an internationally recognized dance and music ensemble dedicated to authentically presenting and promoting Brazilian culture.

SambaViva has been offering samba and Afro-Brazilian classes for over 10 years. Classes are a cornerstone of their mission to share the enthusiasm for Brazil with people of all ages, genders, and abilities.

In the upcoming four classes students will be introduced to a variety of Brazilian dance genres, including Brazilian funk, axé, samba reggae, samba no pé and others. Students should come prepared to move, have fun and take a musical journey! No previous experience is necessary.

Save the dates and times:

10/30 – 1pm

11/06 – 4pm

11/13 – 4pm

12/04 – 1pm

Fill out this form if you want to attend, and you will be sent the Zoom link and password

*** Please note that once you register for one event, you will be added to the Brasilidade Series mailing list, so that you will not need to re-register for subsequent events.


Rachel (10/30 and 12/4) – 1pm

Rachel discovered samba in 2001 and her life was changed forever. Learning samba ignited a passion for dance and for Brazil’s rich culture and exuberant energy. Rachel progressed from learning to performing to teaching samba and other Afro-Brazilian styles while studying at the Brazilian Cultural Center of New England. She performed with the Center’s percussion group, Samba Tremeterra, for ten years. In addition to her training at the BCCNE, Rachel has studied samba no pé, samba de gafieira, afoxé, axé, and other Brazilian dances with teachers based in New York and all over Brazil.

 Inès (11/6 and 11/13) – 4pm

It is no coincidence that Inès fell for samba and Brazilian culture a few years ago. When she was a child, in Tunisia, her mother taught her how to belly dance, isolate and control her hips, and move graciously her arms and upper body. Later on, Inès developed a curiosity for a variety of West African dances, Caribbean dances and contemporary dance. Inès started dancing samba no pé in 2013 with Rachel and Randi and continuously worked on improving her skills with professionals in Brazil but also around the US and in France. Her passion for Brazilian culture expresses itself through her trips to Brazil, her professional interests in Brazilian cinema and literature, the teaching of Portuguese language, and her endless dedication to dance samba. Through her performance, Inès sees an opportunity to connect her Burkinabé and Tunisian roots with samba, as well as explore new connections in terms of rhythms and body movements.

More information on this event: For previous events please visit MISTI MIT-Brazil events calendar or MIT-Brazil past events to rewatch a recorded zoom video. 

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