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.
Afro-Peruvian Dance and Percussion
Monica Rojas-Stewart has collaborated as choreographer, cultural consultant, music and dance instructor, and guest artist with various K-12 schools, universities and community arts education programs throughout the Pacific Northwest for the last 20 years. Monica is the founder and director of DE CAJóN Project and Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle (MÁS), two community arts organizations dedicated to educating about and raising awareness of the cultural contributions of people of African descent in Peru and Latin America respectively. A wife and a mother of two, she currently holds a position as the Assistant Director of the African Studies and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs at the University of Washington.
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.