Dance can express what words cannot, whether it’s the triumphant joy in a football player’s post-touchdown pirouette or the passionate tango used to notify roommates that the basement is flooding. Transmit tidings through rhythmic moves with this Groupon. ####Choose from Three Options
- $39 for 10 drop-in Afro-Brazilian dance classes (a $200 value)
- $79 for one month of unlimited Afro-Brazilian dance classes and a Summer Solstice Parade package with registration, costume, and an after-party (a $215 value)
- $125 for two months of unlimited Afro-Brazilian dance classes and a Summer Solstice Parade package with registration, costume, and an after-party (a $365 value)<p>
Supportive instructors helm Afro-Brazilian dance classes that merge traditional African dance with Brazilian steps, teaching students techniques while allowing them to explore their own interpretations of the free-flowing movements. See the schedule to plan for classes. During the 2012 Summer Solstice Parade, pupils can dress up in costumes alongside 25 samba dancers and let loose to the sounds of 100 live Brazilian drummers. Although 10 dance instructors will be present, students are free to just move, as there are no set routines or choreography. A lively after-party awaits participants after the parade, complete with live Brazilian music and entertainment, as well as a traditional Brazilian dinner.<p>
Capoeira Batuque Santa Barbara
Mestre Mariano Silva, a dancer and student of the Brazilian martial art capoeira, has always believed that "if you can walk, then you can dance." This positivity permeates everything he does, from his work with underprivileged youth to his time professionally dancing. It was this contagious optimism that caught the attention of master Amen Santo in Brazil, who invited him to tour globally with the renowned Ballet Folclorico do Brasil. As it turned out, Mariano was a huge hit, playing to sold-out crowds all over the world. His skill and popularity on the stage led Amen to convince him to relocate to Southern California and bring his passion for Afro-Brazilian dance to the States. Today, Mariano owns Capoeira Batuque Santa Barbara along with the Brazilian Cultural Arts Center of Santa Barbara, sharing his talents and affirmative worldview with adults and children through a slew of classes and community-outreach programs.
Each of mestre Mariano's fast-paced classes introduces pupils to the rhythmic techniques and cultural significance of traditional Afro-Brazilian dance forms. Capoeira—considered Brazil's second national sport—fuses martial-arts techniques with the rhythmic and collaborative elements of dance. He teaches stylistic combat maneuvers, which weave in aerial acrobatics and various instruments. During his Afro-Brazilian dance class, he'll calibrate students' hips to swivel to movements that fuse traditional African dance with Brazilian moves, and in his Samba classes, he introduces students to the history, culture, and traditions inextricably linked to each movement. He also lets dancers try their hand or fourth toe at banging timbaus, repiniques, and other Brazilian drums in the Brazilian batucada drumming course.