with Jerome Mester de Trevino & Samantha Blake Goodman

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Join internationally renowned teachers Samantha and Jerome as they lead you through the traditional Orisha dances of Brazil and Cuba! Featuring live drumming, this comprehensive dance workshop dives into movement and mythology, gesture and meaning, to explore the stories of Oshun, goddess of the sweet river waters and fertility, Ogun, the god of iron and war, and Shango, the lover, god of thunder and justice.

Movers will be introduced to body mechanics fundamental to Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Orisha dance, breaking down uses of the spine, isolations, and subtleties of the knees, chest, shoulders and neck. The vibrant dance expressions of Brazil and Cuba are a celebration of life, culture, and community. They represent the appreciation and movement of transformation, happiness, dedication, invention, strength and love.

jerome orishas

jerome orishas dance

with Rosangela Silvestre, Guest artist from Bahia, Brazil, Founder of the Silvestre Technique

Sunday, September 29

2:30 – 4:00 pm


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The Silvestre Technique, developed by Rosangela, uses the 3 triangular shapes of the body and the 4 elements of nature to celebrate the “Body Universe.” The technique incorporates a series of exercises – “conversations with the body” – working to prepare body, mind, and spirit for dance. http://www.silvestretraining.com/index.html

Orisha dance movement includes symbolism, mythology and archetypes of the Orisha tradition of West Africa honoring cosmic presence and the essence of nature.

LIVE DRUMMING! All dance levels welcome!

Rosangela Silvestre: Choreographer, instructor, dancer and creator of the Silvestre Dance Technique, Rosangela is a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and post-graduated specializing in choreography, achieving her degree from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA).

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