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Bloco De Carnaval Course

Carnival dancers
  • 1 - 30 June 2008

Bloco de Carnaval was an intensive workshop course in percussion, song and dance, culminating in a vibrant and colourful costumed performance from the workshop group. “I feel totally inspired, always enjoy practice but now I’m full of new ideas!”

This workshop mixed elements of Afro- Cuban and Afro-Brazilian rhythms for the Bateria (samba band) and creatively arranged them to produce exciting dance grooves. The music was a fusion of ideas drawn from a wide range of rhythms that included Candomblé, Samba, Samba Reggae and Ijexá from Brazil, and from the Cuban styles of Bata, Rumba and other folkloric traditions. The dance choreography explored different aspects of traditional and modern dance from Brazil.

About the Tutors

Raz & Marcia, who have many years experience in teaching & performance, are presenting this new project that draws on their wide range of interests in various forms of percussion & dance.

Ravin ‘Raz’ Jayasuriya

Ravin joined the Manchester based percussion group Inner Sense in 1991 after completing a Popular Music and Recording Course in Salford, Manchester. Over the last seventeen years he has specialized in Brazilian and the more traditional styles from these two countries.

He has made several research / study trips to Cuba and Brazil and has worked with many UK & international artists. As a teacher, he has led a number of percussion workshops throughout the UK and in several other parts of the world. Ravin has recently won a UK National Training Award. At a Gala Ceremony in London.

Marcia Magliari

Marcia Magliari is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is an experienced dancer, teacher & choreographer who since 1986 has been working for Brazilian Contemporary Arts helping in the expansion of the notion of Brazilian Dance (especially Lambada) & Music in the UK. Marcia has been trained in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, dance movement therapy and studied yoga and taichi. This background gives her classes a special blend, linking body awareness, technique and the joy of dancing.

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