Mestre Silvinho has dedicated 30 years of his life to Capoeira Angola. He started capoeira with Mestre Rogerio, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1986 and as Mestre Jurandir’s student he was the leader of FICA-BH for 8 years Since 2004 he has been leading the International Capoeira Angola Foundation, ICAF Seattle, founded in 1997 by Mestre Jurandir, as well as the TESC Capoeira Angola Club at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, which was started by Evergreen students under Mestre Jurandir’s leadership since 1998. He also oversees the activities of the study groups in Bellingham (WA) Portland (OR) and Vancouver (BC). Learn more about Mestre Silvinho here.
Dora Oliveira has performed and taught Afro-Brazilian dance for over 30 years starting her career as a professional dancer in 1976 by joining renowned Brazilianfolkloric dance troupe, Exaltao Bahia. Her repertoire ranges from traditional Afro-Brazilian dance forms through jazz, funk, ballet, and modern. Dora is community-minded and open to considering all performance opportunities and workshop engagements upon special arrangement. Learn more about Dora and Afro-Brazilian Dance here.
Dounia Djembe Drum & Dance
Manimou Camara's strength as a dynamic performing artist and teacher
lies in his strong roots with some of Guinea, West Africa's most beloved
performing groups; Ballet Merveille and Ballet Saamato. His primary percussion
education was spent with Sekou Dico Sylla, Karamoko Daman (Karamo Dama, sangban recording artist for Mamady
Keita), nationally recognized Ballet Saamato, and as lead Dundun player for Kemoko Sano's world reknowned Ballet Merveille.
Manimou lives to share his passion for dance, rhythms and life. Learn more about Manimou and Dounia Djembe Drum and Dance here.
Jade Power Sotomayor
Puerto Rican Bomba
Jade Power Sotomayor is a dancer, performer and performance scholar who works to create connections between performance practice, living cultural traditions, and local community. She has enjoyed performing since she moved to California from Puerto Rico as a child. The artistic experiences that she was provided by community organizations and later professional theater, served as a place where she was not only able to create a sense of community, but also to learn about cultural traditions and new cultural identities and alliances that are formed by Latinxs and other communities of color living in the US. Forever a student and indebted to her many teachers and community of bomberxs, she has been teaching and facilitating bomba dance classes since 2005. She works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Bothell where she teaches classes on Performance Studies.
Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra
Family Spanish Lessons
A fun place to play, discover and learn Spanish with your child.
The purpose of this class is fall in love and capture the usefulness and importance of Spanish as a second language. You and your child will have the opportunity to experience together a new challenge guided by a Teaching Artist and a Spanish Specialist.
I am an Afro-Latina artist born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela. Experiences with trauma at an early age fueled in me a pressing drive toward movement. my first brush with the power of movement as a catalyst for healing came during a theater arts project geared toward inner-city youth when I was 13 years old. By the time I was 18, I was sure that healing through movement was my calling. I went on to devote the next twenty-seven years of my life to reaching liberation through art and movement. In this Journey, I have become, a contemporary dancer, choreographer, performer, bodyworker and Community Organizer. My mission is to serve as the conduit for empowerment for myself my family and for others, using my pressing drive toward art, movement, self-expression, and body awareness as an instrument of healing to reach out liberation. Rather than being a victim of the past, I will continue deepening the connection with my roots to facilitate the process of healing and to help the Afro-descendant community to find sustainable ways to share who we are and reclaim an equal rank in our social structure. I am committed to embodying the values of empathy, love, integrity, and collaboration to shape the pathway of this journey of racial equity and personal inner peace. I have been living in Seattle since 2012 where I also became a mother. MÁS (Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle) has become the platform where I continue serving as a conduit for empowerment and beyond empowerment for myself and others.
Meditative and healing, Orisha dance is a traditional Afro-Cuban movement for all abilities. The concept of "levels" is replaced with emergent instruction that adapts movement to the individual. Learn more about Mark and Orisha dance here.
Family Spanish Class
I was Born and raised in Valencia-Venezuela, I am Teacher, wife, and mother of two beautiful children. I have 13 years of experience in the classroom as a specialist in Spanish language and Latino-American literature at the Ministry of Education of Venezuela. I worked in the process of facilitating the acquisition of language for middle school and high school kids with the reading-writing program and Latin American literature. I have experimented with all literary genres and have used innovative tools and theories in the teaching process.I have been living in Seattle since June 2016 with my family. I want to provide and to share my knowledge with the community of Spanish lover and continue growing on the path of language learning.
I was born in the depths of a creative family. I grew up eating, sleeping and breathing art. I picked up drumming and singing from my father and dancing and business from my mother. I have been dancing professionally since age of three. I have been travelling all over the Pacific Northwest displaying West African culture and dance. After many years of African dance exposure, I then branched off into other dance styles at the age of 6 where I trained in jazz, tap, and hip hop. My focused dance styles are West African and Hip Hop dance. I have had the opportunity to be a part of many companies such as ADEFUA (22 years), KUTT 'N' UP ENT (11 years), Nu Black Arts WEst, Broadway boudnd, KODE RED dance team (EWU, 5 years) and LADII ENTOURAJ. I have also created my own dance company by the name of MYND KUNTROL (2 years). I have a very unique style of choreogeraphy that I produce. I have been given many opportunities to teach in a variety of places such as Seattle Center (Festival Sundiata and Folklife Festival), Cleveland High School Dance team (2016 Bubbling Brown Sugar winners), school demonstrations, professional development seminars, Community engagements and etc.