Samba Dance Academy in the American Riviera is the live, in studio extension of the Online Samba Dance AcademyHere dancers get to experience and learn Samba in the studio under the guidance of Vanessa Isaac and incredibly accomplished guest artists from all over the world. We are launching our first season and you don't want to miss learning from those exceptional guests. Classes sponsored by and held at Brasil Arts Cafe (Home of delicious Brazilian food!) 

Check below the dates and make your reservation today, space is limited. We hope to dance with you very soon!

For those out of town you can still dance with us. Please go to our Samba Dance Academy ONLINE by going here

* Below are our weekend Samba workshops only. For our Performance Workshops please go here

 


 Upcoming Weekend Classes: Book a Samba Workshop Below!

"Samba is for Everyone!" Season

 

Photo by Dave Donaldson

Photo by Dave Donaldson

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September 16 - Samba no Pé (Rio Style) with Abraham Gonzales-Pollick (All Levels)

I met Abraham while we both were teaching at the International Samba Congress in 2017. I had the pleasure to interview him and watch him teaching. His energy is contagious!!!  As another Brazilian Dance teacher said to me: "Even his ears know how to samba". I feel he is a perfect person to teach both live and on our online studio,  as part of the Samba Dance Academy.  You will love his class!

Abraham Gonzales-Pollick is the Dance Director of Super Sonic Samba School in San Diego. He has been studying Samba and teaching for 18 years... "I believe in creating opportunity for building community and creating a space where people can find their Samba. Samba can heal the soul and everyone is at a different place in their journey. My intentions are to show you my samba, so that hopefully you may be inspired to find your samba... AND do so fiercely and confidently. - Abraham".

 When Abraham is not creating choreography, performing, teaching samba, or community dance outreaching, you might catch him making and wearing the fiercest feathered headdress in town, which he calls a Royal Piece. Come and learn from this teacher. It is my pleasure to have him part of the Samba Dance Academy, live and online coming soon.

Workshop Information:
What: Samba-no-pé (rio style) with Abraham
When: Brasil Arts Cafe our fabulous Sponsor
When: Saturday, September 16, at 1pm to 2:30 pm

Reserve your space today with paypal by clicking below!                                                                                              

Cost: $25 by September 10 or $30 after September 11 or at the door if space left                     

Please note: Due to limited space we can offer NO refunds or credit if you reserve and miss this class!

IMPORTANT: Please bring a bottle of water AND shoes (high heels samba, ballroom, dance or tennis shoes)

YOU MAY ALSO BUY ALL THREE WORKSHOPS WITH THE PAY PAL BUTTON AT THE BOTTON OF THIS PAGE. JUST SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN!


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October 14, Samba "Malandro" Style with Aninha 

Ana Carla Laidley (AKA Aninha Malandro) was born and raised and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Ana grew up in the cradle of SAMBA:  Estação Primeira de Mangueira, where her father was a very well-known respected musician and her mother an excellent and one of the first “passistas.” Ana teaches samba for almost 25 years in the USA.  Ana’s classes integrate traditional and contemporary Samba styles.  Ana had developed a teaching samba methodology that combines her life’s experiences with Samba and her psychology background.  Her method provides a space not only for people to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Brazilian culture as well as reconnect with their body, mind, and soul! 

Ana’s debut in the Samba Schools parade happened when she was 5-year-old, and she paraded for over 30 years.Ana is the founder of the groups SambaNMotion and Malandro N’ Motion and has choreographed several numbers that reflect her understanding and passion for the Samba de Malandro, Gafieira, and her respect to the varieties of style and movements of this Unique form of dance: SAMBA! Ana is also the co-founder of the International Samba Congress. She will be teaching the super cool Malandro style in this workshop. You don't want to miss this super special class!

Sexy Samba Soul Show Segment- Vanessa Interview dancer & educator Aninha Malandro

Workshop Information:
What: Malandro Style (rio style) with Aninha
When: Brasil Arts Cafe our fabulous Sponsor
When: Saturday, October 14, at 1pm to 2:30 pm

Reserve your space today with paypal by clicking below!      

Cost: $25 by October 8 or $30 after October 9 and at the door (if any space left!)

Please note: No refunds for this class

IMPORTANT: Please bring a bottle of water  and shoes welcomed (no heels shoes such as jazz shoes or tennis shoes) 

YOU MAY ALSO BUY ALL THREE WORKSHOPS WITH THE PAY PAL BUTTON AT THE BOTTON OF THIS PAGE. JUST SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN!

 


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Reserve All Two Workshops Today Below (Abraham + Aninha):

A Weekend Getaway: Beauty & Samba in Santa Barbara

About Santa Barbara:  California’s Santa Barbara is often called The American Riviera. "You only need to see the blue sea beach, or the red-tiled roofed whitewashed buildings with their dramatic backdrop of mountains, to understand why. But the resemblance is more than just the sea and the mountains. As in Cannes and Antibes, San Remo and Portofino, Santa Barbara also has legions of restaurants that wind their way down to the seaside, laidback beach vibes, an active lifestyle, a love for the outdoors and great year-round weather." Plus lots of SAMBA. 

Santa Barbara is home base for the Samba Dance Academy founded by Brasilian Dancer Vanessa Isaac. For fifteen years Vanessa was the director of the Samba Ensemble for the Summer Solstice Parade which draws one hundred thousand spectators . A favorite for parade goers, her group was called the best Dance Ensemble by the Santa Barbara Independent and the Santa Barbara News Press. Her group gave birth to a legion of other dance groups in town and all over USA, inspired by her group and choreographic style.

For more than 20 years Vanessa has worked together with many organizations globally to promote Brazilian Culture. Vanessa Isaac has been nominated by the International Press in the dance category for her work in Brazilian Dance Internationally. We are confident you will love to dance and learn in this beautiful city. Join us in the American Riviera today!

 

We Can't wait to SAMBA with you!

Please check back soon. We will be announcing upcoming classes soon!


Sponsored by Brasil Arts Cafe

 
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Brasil Arts Cafe offers the perfect blend of traditional Brazilian fare & one-of-a-kind AçaiJuice, and Smoothie creations.

For more information click here