Wednesdays at 8pm
Muito Quente! Samba
Samba, with its origins in the slave quarters and favelas, is the most Brazilian of all the country's cultural expressions, and the syncopated rhythms will get you moving as if in a Rio Carnaval! Samba no pe (samba on the feet) is a popular Rio style that focuses on high energy, intricate footwork and improvisation. This class will focus on these things, as well as samba basics and body alignment/positivity! All levels
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Co-Artistic Director Leticia Pagán
Leticia first graced the San Francisco Carnival scene back in 2010 with Fogo Na Roupa Brazilian dance troupe. She joined Muito Quente in 2016 and served as a Principal Dancer, performing at venues including the San Carlos Hiller Aviation Museum and the Napa Valley Yacht Club. Leticia has amassed over two decades of experience as a product of diverse Bay Area dance institutions including Ke Ola Loa Polynesian Dance Studio, Ballet Folklorico de Jaime Huertas, and the University of San Francisco Hawaiian Ensemble. She performed as a soloist in the Sukay World Music Showcase and competed in Samba, Tango, Paso Doble, Cha Cha, and Jive in the New York Ivy League ballroom circuit. She has also devoted herself to musicianship as a concert flutist, performing at New York's Carnegie Hall and the Edinburgh International Music Festival in Scotland. Her background as a Certified Health Education Specialist also brings a unique spin to her passion for teaching, as an advocate of improving physical and mental health through dance and performance.
Co-Artistic Director Barbie Penn
Barbie was one of the original members of Muito Quente under the direction of founders Cindy Mejia and Blanca Longoria. She first fell in love with dance in elementary school but was too shy to perform. As years passed, her confidence and love for dance grew stronger and it motivated her to get involved in the local dance community. Her dance journey has included study of Hip Hop, West African, Indian, and Samoan dance. She captained the varsity cheerleading squad, danced Hawaiian Hula at Mills College and eventually joined The Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance (MUCID) where she studied Tahitian. As one of Muito Quente's principal dancers Barbie exudes confidence on the stage. Barbie's commitment to Samba took her all the way to Bahia, Brazil where she studied the axé and samba reggae dance styles.