samba de roda workshop

Come out and experience this special event. Learn about Brazilian culture, show your support and give back to the communities that keep the resistance alive in Brazil. Invite your friends!

Dance of Brazil is honored to bring one of Marsea’s first teachers and dear friends of Brazilian dance, Conceição Damasceno to Santa Cruz for a Samba de Roda Dance and Drum Workshop on Thursday, July 27. Bring your full circle long skirt. We will be donating funds toward benefiting Conceição’s Damasceno’s teacher, and cultural ambassador, Dona Nicina of Santo Amaro, Brazil (pictured above). These are women who represent and preserve the roots of Samba in Bahia!

Marcos Rodrigues will drum for class. Native of Bahia, Brazil, Marcos grew up in the culture of Afro-Brazilian music and dance art. He will offer a workshop after dance class. Papiba Godinho will also drum for class.

Please see time and place below. Come out and experience this special event. Learn about Brazilian culture, show your support and give back to the communities that keep the resistance alive in Brazil. Invite your friends:  Join the Facebook Event Now!

Samba de Roda Dance Workshop

Thursday, July 27
6 – 7:25 pm at The 418 Project

418 Front Street, Santa Cruz
$15-$20, Sliding scale
Live drums with Marcos Rodrigues and Papiba Godinho

Drum Workshop with Marcos Rodrigues

Thursday, July 27
7:45 – 9 pm at Raizes do Brasil

207 Mcpherson St. Suite A, Santa Cruz
$15-$20, Sliding scale

 

About Conceição Damasceno

Conceição DamascenoConceição Damasceno is the President and Artistic Director of BrasArte, a Brazilian Cultural Center in Berkeley, California. A well-respected choreographer, performer and instructor, she studied Brasilian folkloric, modern, jazz and Afro Brasilian dance from an early age. Her dance education included the best dance schools in Salvador, Bahia, Brasil. She did extensive research in Afro Brasilian folklore and religion, especially from the Reconcovo region of Bahia where Samba de roda and maculele originated.

Over time Conceição has developed her own signature technique, preserving the authenticity of the folkloric forms while adapting for stage performance. She has been a sought-after dance instructor for over 25 years, and has performed throughout Brasil, the United States, Europe and Asia. She has opened for major artists, including Gilberto Gil, Margareth Menezes, Celia Cruz, and Tito Puentas.

Ms. Damasceno has represented Brasilian culture for nearly 26 years in San Francisco’s annual Carnaval Parade and has staged several applauded local theatre productions. Most recently, Ms. Damasceno received a Certificate of Honor from the City of San Francisco for “25 Years of Artistry and Cultural Contributions to the Carnaval Community.”

About Dona Nicina

This workshop will benefit Maria Eunice Martins, known as Dona Nicina, who is an important character of Samba de Roda and the history of the city of Santo Amaro in Bahia, Brazil. Born and raised in the universe of Afro-Bahian culture, Nicinha has always transited in the unique environments of the Recôncavo: Candomblé, Capoeira, Maculelê, and especially Samba de Roda, where she excels as a sambadeira. Dona Nicinha is the matriarch of the group of Samba de Roda Raízes de Santo Amaro, which counts on the participation of more than 30 members, among players of atabaque, pandeiro, reco-reco, agogô, tamborim and maraca, besides the sambadeiras, beautiful ladies Black, dressed in the style of the Bahian Candomblé, that give life to the samba de roda through the small tap dance and the characteristic twists that only they can do.

Marcos Rodrigues

A native of Bahia, Brazil, Marcos grew up in the culture of Afro-Brazilian music and dance art and is a talented drummer. He will offer a drum workshop after our dance class!