Sunday, Oct. 13



Brazil has the highest concentration of people of African descent outside of Africa; accordingly Brazilian culture has direct ties to Africa. We invite you to explore the rich world of Afro Brazilian Dance traditions with a gifted and dedicated Master Teacher. The class focuses on folkloric and Orixa-inspired dance, Samba Afro, Samba Reggae, as well as other Brazilian dance styles,  featuring live drumming. Dandha’s class welcomes students of all levels and backgrounds – everyone will find challenge and inspiration in her dancing and teaching! For more information, please also see

Born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Dandha Da Hora has been a member of Ilê Aiyê, one of Brazil’s most important musical and cultural institutions, since she was 6 years old. In her teaching, as well as in her performances, Dandha invokes the incredible spirit of Salvdor, Bahia, Brazil and of Ilê Aiyê. A master dancer and dance teacher, as well as vocalist and percussionist, Dandha honors the incredible gifts of her culture every time she performs. As a lead dancer with Ilê Aiyê and one of the lead vocalists of music group SambaDá (based in Santa Cruz, CA), Dandha has shared the stage with Brazilian stars such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Daniela Mercury. She currently teaches classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, and gives workshops around the country, as well as performing with the band SambaDá.

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