The International Capoeira School along with Moving Spirits Inc. is hosting Master Teacher, Choreographer and Dancer, Vera Passos in Charlotte, NC. 

She will provide a 2-hour dance workshop, teaching the roots of Samba from the Bahia region of Bahia, Brazil.

The workshop will have live drumming, by Master Percussionist, Luciano Xavier.

Dates and Times:
August 26th           1-3pm
September 2nd     1-3pm
September 9th      1-3pm
September 16th    1-3pm

Early Registration for the full Workshop Series: $70
Regular Registration for the full Workshop Series:    $80
Single workshop price: $25

Tickets can be purchased at: ​

The workshops will occur at NoDa @28th Creative Arts Studio. 
2424 N Davidson St suite 110
Charlotte, NC 28205

Vera Passos has performed in international venues in North and South America, Europe, and Africa. She has danced with the world renowned Balé Folclórico da Bahia, participated in collaborations with the eclectic American musician Steve Coleman on his tour of Europe in 2002-2003, and has choreographed for Orchestra Popular da Bahia, directed by Emilia Biancardi. She is currently a special guest dancer with the acclaimed Viver Brasil Dance Company.



$30 per person

Location: International Capoeira School

2609 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205


Moving Spirits | Ijó Ẹmí

Afro-Brazilian Dance + Music Workshop Series

Moving Spirits in Charlotte

Afro-Brazilian Dance explores dances from the northeastern regions of Brazil. The dances found in this region are inspired by the Yoruba, Angola, Nago, Bantu and Akan people of West Africa. Traditional dances including those that symbolize elements of nature (earth, water, air and fire) will be shared with participants. The dances combine at least two rhythms in their movement; movement syncopations can be found in the shoulders, chest, pelvis, arms, legs etc., with the different rhythms in the music. Afro-Brazilian Dance is a study of the connections between the rhythms and the traditional movement, archetype and story, of the elements of nature interpreted as an art form. Afro-Brazilian Dance encourages students to become aware of cross-cultural dance by means of investigating the societal development surrounding folkloric, religious and social dance traditions.

Upcoming Workshops:

Moving Spirits' Director, Tamara Williams and Mão de Pilão's Director, Luciano Xavier are offering a workshop series in Afro-Brazilian Dance + Music. The music portion of the workshops will include Afro-Brazilian rhythms of Avaninha, Vasse, Opanije, Ilu and Samba Afro. Dances will include Avaninha, Ogum, Omulu, Iansa and Samba Afro.

Tamara LaDonna

Moving Spirits, Inc.