Come celebrate Carnaval with Cumbe!! Don’t miss the chance to catch Master Teacher Cleonice Fonseca as she shares the joy, energy and sensuality of Carnaval in Bahia- the Brazilian state where the most people of African decent outside of the continent reside. Come experience movements performed in the streets, and dance to live drumming playing the rhythms of Samba Reggae and Samba Afro from Salvador-Bahia/ Brazil. Que legal!!!
Instructor Bio: Cleonice Fonseca, a Brazilian from Salvador-Bahia, began her career in the dance group of the Colégio Central da Bahia. She learned her first African dance techniques, folk, religious dances Orishas and African contemporary with renowned teachers Raimundo Tição, Raimundo King, Raimunda Sena, Tania Bishop, Nildinha Fonseca and José Ricardo Santos. As a member of SESC Dance Group for 10 years, she participated in several shows produced to promote African dance and Brazilian folklore, including taking the show to other cities in Brazil and Santiago, Chile the group’s first international trip for cultural exchange. As a dancer, she participated in other projects, dance groups and musical bands such as Banda Motumba, Dia e Noite (the state government project), Lagobada Group and Artists Meeting project . Cleonice participated in African dance workshops conducted by the Bale Folklorico da Bahia and African dance by Professor Oshuntiye Brown (USA). Since June 2014, she has been living in Philadelphia where she teaches weekly Afro Brazilian dance workshops in collaboration with Mamadêlê Productions and Ascab Capoeira. She also performs with Ologunde and Alo Brazil and teaches at an arts education program in South Philly coordinated by educator Howard Tucker.