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Afro-Brazilian Master Dance Workshops with Vera Passos

  • we live in space 2520 West Jefferson Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90018 United States (map)

Saturday May 27th, June 3rd, June 10th

we live in space
2520 W. Jefferson Blvd, LA CA 90018

$35 both classes
$20 individual class

10am-11:30am -Silvestre Technique
11:30am-1pm- Orixa Dance Movement

The vibrant traditional and contemporary dance expressions of Salvador, Bahia are a celebration of life, culture, and community. Through an in depth exploration of the Silvestre Technique and Afro-Brazilian Orixá Movement, this two part workshop series dives into movement and mythology, gesture and meaning. We will explore the intersections of contemporary and traditional dance representations of the forces of nature ( Earth, Water, Air, Fire) // Orixas. Class will focus on how these two dance idioms layer gestures to create meaning, and how these layers of interpretation can be brought out in our movement through individual and collective expression. Our workshop will feature live musical accompaniment so that dancers may gain an understanding of the interconnected relationship between dance and music within Afro-Brazilian movement practices.


The Silvestre Technique is a contemporary Brazilian dance approach bridging the foundations of modern dance with Afro-Brazilian cultural symbols and gestures. Moving through a series of exercises -"conversations with the body," the Silvestre Technique works to prepare body, mind, and spirit for dance. These corporal conversations take the student out of a place of copying and repeating, allowing them to live each exercise and discover new possibilities.Through physical and expressive training, this technique creates a solid movement foundation for dancers of all backgrounds Exercises engage the Four nature elements: Earth, Water, Air, Fire; The Three Triangles: Balance, Expression, Intuition/Perception, and the Universe- Earth Connection. 

click HERE for information on the 3-week workshop series