|Students learn technique, choreo routine & Samba culture, RIO style|
|Shaunte MJ, Dance Teacher|
of Samba Cultural Traditions
As if that weren't exciting enough, Shaunte is an RN accompanied by several certifiable letters in her field, working closely with Heart patients in life and death circumstances. Dedicated, she balances her life doing what she loves -- to Dance and teach traditional and popular cultural traditions of Samba. Founder and Director of Samba Sensation Brazilian Dance Entertainment, Shaunte preps for her departure to participate in one the greatest showcase on Earth, Rio de Janeiro's Carnaval of Brazil.
In a partnering mission with Dance-kin Ashlee George, Carnaval San Francisco Queen 2012, we booked Shaunte overnight at West Oakland's Full Out Studio -serving as our host Dance house dynamic in energy. *thank you to owner, Anthony Esposo for answering our call swiftly and Ceasar for your wonderful hospitality.
After mirrored warm ups, Shaunte invited students to share what they knew about Samba culture in a series of inquiry about instrumentation such as the surdo, questioned what's a break, a passista, and demonstrated feet placement making it paramount that RHYTHM is key. As Students transitioned into progressions across the floor, Shaunte did not let up encouraging them to bring their Dance, and release their inner Diva. And even in the brisk of cold, things got Hot as some students stepped up their Dance practicing in platforms and heels. View a glimpse of the class action below:
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ShaunteMJ is also available for private classes, conferences
and Choreography work with Companies. So you want to travel or Dance in RIO Carnaval?! Contact Shaunte and engage in organic exchange about making your venture possible.
vid clips/photos/flier: courtesy of @nzoCALIFA