Samba is a thing of beauty, as we know. Part of its beauty is the result of mixing together different styles from different cultures. Join us on Wednesdays in May for a special cross-pollination dance series intended to add more beauty and flair to your samba!

All month long SambaViva will host guest teachers from the local dance community to teach us some of their specialty.

When: Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2018
Where: Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard Street, Cambridge
Time: 8 – 9 PM
Fee: $65 for 5 weeks! This is a deal because we LOVE you 🙂
To ensure good attendance across all classes and to fairly compensate our guests, we prefer that you purchase the whole month in advance, here.
We will also accept drop-ins at $15 each.

The line-up:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Julio Cesar brings his unique blend of Aero-dance and samba de gafieira!
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Julio was born in Curitiba (Paraná, Brazil). He graduated in 2013 from his bachelor’s degree in Dance from the Faculdade de Artes do Paraná (FAP). Beyond his bachelor’s degree, Julio also graduated from the Dance University Rogrigo Delano (Minas Gerais, Brazil) from where he acquired a Brazilian Ballroom dancing instructor technical certification. Julio specializes in Brazilian samba.

Main choreography at the International Zouk Day in 2015.
3rd Place in the Belo Horizonte Zouk competition.
Winner of the VINCITA competition in 2014 in Florianopolis.
Samba dancer at Samba School Beija Flor in 2017.
Dance instructor in several dance conferences around Brazil.
Creator of a dance project with a focus on social development and rehabilitation of wheelchair users.

Throughout the years I have attended several courses related to dance choreography, team building and coordination, stage management, instructor qualification trainings such as Instructors’ training at Jaime Aroxa school, Zumba B1 and B2 course, Fit dance, Brazilian folk dances, among many others.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Nina Torres brings bellydance elegance and isolations!

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Nina Torres, multi-media artist, is a Belly Dancer who performs and teaches regularly over the past 15 years in Massachusetts. A musician and dancer, Nina likes to blend contemporary themes, rhythms, music and different dance styles to make her own.
For this special class, she will focus on principles of belly dance, isolations, hip movements, shimmies, etc. to complement the beauty of samba.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Adrienne Hawkins brings “jazz hands” and lots of other funky moves!

Adrienne Hawkins (Modern, Jazz, Blues – MJB) received her BA in Education from Arizona State and was awarded a full scholarship for her MFA in Dance at Connecticut College. She is Artistic Director of Impulse Dance Company and Co-Artistic Director of Bass-Line Motion.

She has been on the faculty of, or visiting artist at Boston University, The Boston Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of the Arts, Mt. Holyoke, University of Massachusetts both Amherst and Boston campuses, Harvard University, American Repertory Theater Institute (A.R.T.), Stonehill College, Rhode Island College, Dean College, Denison University, The Joy of Movement Center, The Dance Complex, Boston Ballet, Jeanette Neill Dance Studio, The Dance Inn, The Dancing Arts Center, Codman Academy Charter School and others. She presently teaches at Rhode Island College, Harvard University and A.R.T.

While in graduate school at Connecticut College she assisted Daniel Nagrin for five years at the American Dance Festival, at Connecticut College and Duke University. Ms. Hawkins then taught Jazz Styles and Jazz at ADF for three years, two in North Carolina and one in Tokyo Japan. Ms. Hawkins has taught on numerous occasions at The Harvard Summer Festival, Northwest Florida Summer Festival, Yantra Summer Festival, Dancing Arts Summer Festival, Citi-Center Summer Festival, Sankofa Dance Project, Southern Vermont Dance Festival and others.

Adrienne is a sought after teacher and has taught extensively throughout the world in such places as Iceland, Ireland, Australia, Denmark, France, Holland and Japan. She has toured her one woman shows, “A Day in the Night” and “Reality Check” beat to fit, paint to match, for a number of years to such places as Denmark, Ireland and Iceland. She was a Massachusetts Choreography Fellowship recipient numerous times and has choreographed over 100 pieces, for companies, studios and working Dancers. Besides the pieces created for Impulse Dance Company and Bass-Line Motion she has also choreographed for the Icelandic Ballet, Ballet Plus, Portland Ballet, Northwest Florida Ballet, and Bosoma Dance Co. She has choreographed Rock Musicals, Commercials, and Music Videos and has worked in Trade Show productions. She is proud to have been an opening act for such notables as Miles Davis, Al Green, and danced with Cab Calloway and the Cotton Club Revue.

In addition to her artistic work she has a number of organizational positions, Artistic Director of the Joy of Movement Center for thirteen year, which she opened a branch in New York with Dennis Wayne & Dancers Inc. Impulse Dance “The Studio” which was opened in the heart of Boston for over ten years. She was an adjudicator for the Presidential Arts and Talent Search, on the Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island State Cultural Councils. She has served on the board of Directors of McCormick Center for the Arts, Volunteer Lawyers for the Art, The Piano Guild, The Boston Dance Alliance, and The Brookline Community Center for the Arts.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ana Masacote brings the crisp precision of salsa!

Ana “Masacote” Tinajero, an international ambassador of Latin dance and music, has more than 20 years of experience as an instructor, dancer, and choreographer. She has loved dancing since childhood, and she began her formal dance training with folkloric dance at age 5 and Salsa at age 15.

Ana was profiled in La Voz del Mambo Magazine as “The Future of Mambo,” in Cuerpo Magazine, and the Dallas Morning Newspaper; she has been a judge and guest of honor at salsa competitions and festivals worldwide. She believes that through dance, we can break down cultural barriers while we learn to better understand ourselves, and each other.

Ana holds a BS in Management Science from MIT in Cambridge. She co-founded Masacote Entertainment with Joel Masacote in 2003 and has since spread the salsa bug to more than 30 countries across 5 continents. Ana was a recipient of the 2015 New England Salsa Music Award for lifetime achievement in dance and is an alumna of the 2015 Goldman Sachs 10KSB National Program.

Notable Stages
– Carnegie Hall
– Lincoln Center’s “La Raza Latina” with Larry Harlow & Ruben Blades
– Lincoln Center’s “Midsummer Night Swing”
– NY Couture Fashion Week
– Hynes Convention Center, Boston’s “First Night”
– National Society of Hispanic MBAs National Conference
– 30+ International Salsa Festival Platforms

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Rachel and Randi bring it all together in a recap!

R and R in costume