A Summer Weekend of Celebration and Culture: Brazilian Style!
July 27 & 28, 2018
At Brasil Arts Cafe, 1230 State Street, Suite C
Afro Brazilian Drumming Workshop with Marcus SantosSamba with Vanessa Isaac, Capoeira with Contra Mestre Chin & Capoeira Sul da Bahia, Yoga Class with Jennifer Yannella and more..... a Brazilian Dinner and party!
Space Limited. Reserve Now!
   Come and Celebrate Summer with Music, Dance, Capoeira and Yummy Food: Brazilian Style! Photo by Ciro Coelho


Come and Celebrate Summer with Music, Dance, Capoeira and Yummy Food: Brazilian Style! Photo by Ciro Coelho

Workshops Schedule:

Friday, June 28:  

  • Multilevel Afro Brazilian Drumming with Marcus Santos. All welcome to take. (Beginners to Advanced musicians welcome). 5 to 6:30pm

Saturday Workshops, July 28:

  • 11 to Noon- Free Yoga Class with Jennifer Yannella  (All Welcome to come and takes class. Studio space limited, first come first served)
  • Noon to 1pm- Capoeira Workshop with Chin & Capoeira Sul da Bahia (All Levels Welcome)
  • 1pm to 2:30- Multilevel Afro Brazilian Drumming with Marcus Santos (Beginners to Advanced drummers Welcome)
  • 2:30 to 3:30 pm- Intermediary/Advanced Afro Brazilian Drumming with Marcus Santos
  • 4 to 5:15 pm- Samba & Afro Brazilian Fusion Dancing with Vanessa Isaac, LIVE MUSIC with Marcus Santos and Students
  • 7pm on,  Brazilian Celebration: Moqueca Buffet (Typical & Delicious Bahian Food) & Live Brazilian Music.  Please stay for dinner with us and celebrate Summer and the vibrate Brazilian culture with us. (Paid separately on the spot. See bellow information about the party)


NOTE: Buy pass for ALL workshops by clicking link below OR see options for single workshops by scrolling down.
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$100 for the ENTIRE Week includes all classes: Yoga, capoeira, drumming and Samba
Please Note: NO REFUNDS for any reason.
 It does NOT include dinner, see below!  

            About Workshops & Instructors:


 Drumming Classes with Marcus Santos

Choose from 3 drumming workshops Friday & Saturday (Multilevel and Int/Advanced Drumming) or Take all of them and bring your Brazilian Drumming to the next level. Beginners are super welcome here in the Multilevel Class and Marcus will build the foundation of his technique on this first workshop in this town.

Contemporary percussionist and educator,  Marcus Santos is a native of Brazil. He commits his life to the study, teaching and performance of his hometown's Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. Marcus performed with several world renown artists such as the Gypsy Kings (Spain), Daniela Mercury (Brazil) and the Brand New Heavies (England). He has also performed for the president of Brazil, TEDx and with the “One World Band” produced by MTV.  He has been honored with the 2013 KOSA Recognition award, Outstanding Arts Performer Award by the Brazilian Immigrant Center (2008) as well as Outstanding Percussionist Award College of Music in 2004.

Marcus is the author of the DVD ‘Modern Approach to Pandeiro’ and performed in the music education DVD ‘Musically Speaking II’ by BOSE. He has lead workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for Social Change in festivals, universities and conventions around the world such as Fiesta Del Tambor (Cuba), Carnegie Hall (NYC), PASIC (USA) and Harvard University.

Marcus is currently the artist director of the Grooversity global drumming network project that includes twenty four drumming groups from the US, Canada, Germany, Mexico and France

Buy Drumming Workshop Only. Please Choose:

Samba Dance & Afro Brazilian Fusion with Vanessa Isaac (Photo by Ciro Coelho)                     

Samba Workshop is at 4 to 5:15 pm on Saturday.

Multilevel Class, all welcome! Calling all  to come and bring your Samba Sparkles On!

Samba is Art and Culture. Samba is fun. Samba is sexy and Vanessa loves teaching and sharing the beauty and healing powers of Samba. For the last 20 years Vanessa has been one of the most influential Brazilian Dance teachers and performers, promoting Brazilian Dance Internationally. 

Vanessa has performed and taught Samba and Brazilian Dance across the U.S.A, Europe and Brazil and has been a guest choreographer for many companies and productions.

She has trained dancers who went on to become professionals as well who joined and founded their own dance companies. In 2017 and 2018 she was one the featured teachers at the International Samba Congress in Los Angeles

Vanessa is also the creator & host of the Sexy, Samba Soul International Show, where she interview and showcase experts and dancers sharing Samba Dance and Brazilian Culture InternationallyVanessa's work has been featured on CNN Headline News, Fox TV and in numerous magazines and publications such as Dance Spirit, InStyle, Shape, Fitness, Women’s Health and Fitness, Weight Watchers, Sweat Magazine, and many others. 

Vanessa has also been nominated for the prestigious Brazilian International Press Award in the Dance category.



Capoeira Class with Capoeira Sul Da Bahia

Capoeira Workshop is at Noon to 1pm

Capoeira combines many elements including acrobatics, dance, philosophy and music. This workshop is open to all levels. Come, play the game and enjoy a "taste of capoeira!", one of the most incredible movement based arts you will ever experience. 

Capoeira, in simple terms, is an Afro-Brazilian art, rich in tradition and history. It is said that Capoeira is “ a fight that is a dance and a dance that is a fight.”  This Brazilian Martial Art incorporates dodges, kicks, and takedowns combined with acrobatics and dancelike movements. Students of any age, sizes and ability level are welcome. This discipline is for anyone interested in gaining physical and mental strength, flexibility and confidence, while encouraged and supported by a tight-nit community of Sul da Bahia Capoeiristas. Daniel Yoshimi, also known as Professor Chin in the Capoeira world, was born in Santos, Brazil. He began his training in Capoeira with Sul da Bahia under the direction of Contra Mestre Eros in 1995. Professor Chin has a natural gift as a teacher and mentor to kids and adult students alike. Chin's dedication to the community of Santa Barbara is outstanding---for over 10 years he has created programs geared to support 'at risk' kids, low-income families, and has volunteered countless hours for local charities and various non-profit groups. 

Chin's love of Capoeira can be seen in all that he does. His classes are playful, physically challenging and dynamic, while maintaining the rich traditions of  Capoeira. 

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 Saturday Evening:


Moqueca + Music



Stay After Workshops on Saturday to eat a delicious and authentic Moqueca (Brazilian Fish Stew with Coconut Milk), hear brazilian music and dance. BAC will be setting up a Buffet and we will enjoy the delicious Brazilian Dish and keep the celebration alive.

 Enjoy beautiful Brazilian music, more drumming and practice your Samba steps... Summer Celebration is here!

Starts at 7pm, $16 paid there (food only no drinks)                             

 FREE Yoga Class, Sat. 11am to Noon

 A gift for our community by the very beautiful instructor Jennifer Yannella.  Please bring a yoga mat and water bottle. Space is limited so first come, first served. We will start our Saturday workshop day by connecting with our bodies and stretching. 

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Brought to you by: Online Samba Dance Academy www.sambadanceacademy.com, Grooversity & SB Capoeira Sul da Bahia
Sponsorship by Brasil Arts Cafe