Grupo Liberdade's sister dance company, SambAZ, is hosting the First Annual National Samba Queen Contest, "Rainha do Samba USA 2014", which includes a full weekend line-up of dance classes with master teachers, parties, and a full Samba Show and Contest open to the public.
Classes will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct 3rd - 5th at Apollo's Ballroom in Chandler, Arizona. A full schedule can be found on the Facebook Event as well as bios for the seven visiting instructors. Come for one class, or all seven!
The Samba Queen Contest is still accepting contestants for solo and teams and already has 30+ entries from around the country! Phoenicians, come cheer for your favorite contestants and dance the night away with Grupo Liberdade and DJ Potira from los Angeles. Doors open at 9:00pm. Admission is $20 at the door, and advance pre-sale tickets are available online at SambaPerformers.com.
One of our favorite dancers and teachers, Kimberly Miguel Mullen, will be returning to Arizona to help judge the contest and teach one class on Sunday, Oct 5 at 12:00 noon. Her class is sure to get to the roots and origins of the popular dance style. Check out her full Arizona residency schedule for Tucson, Sedona, and Phoenix classes.
Alegria: A Specialty AfroCaribbean & AfroBraziian Dance Workshop Tour with Kimberly Miguel Mullen in ARIZONA
Tucson : Phoenix : Sedona :: June 15 - 23, 2014
Join us in welcoming visiting dance artist and ethnologist, Kimberly Miguel Mullen to Arizona for Alegria – a 9-day dance tour that will evoke the joyful and energetic essence of Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, and Brazil. Participants will learn folkloric and popular dances that originate from a complex religious system from various regions of Africa that have been appropriated and maintained in the Caribbean and Brazil - both ceremonial and artistic cultural expressions. Kimberly is skillful at making accessible these intellectual concepts relatable and beneficial to everybody by creating a context through which the execution of movement guides the exploration of the self and how we connect to others and the Universe at large. Participants will not only explore the unique relationship between the various dance steps and drum rhythms but will also learn the cultural, political, historical, and social content of the dances as well. All skill levels are welcome in this non-competitive dance classroom environment. All classes will be accompanied by live percussion.
“Pure Joy. Mullen doesn’t stop smiling and encouraging the group with every step, making sure everyone is having a blast. We finished the class completely soaked but bursting with energy.” - Jaime Kiffel-Alcheh, Vital Juice LA
Kimberly Miguel Mullen, an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer for over 17 years, has performed in the USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Hong Kong. As a solo artist, she was one of a chosen few to perform with the late legendary Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella. The Los Angles Times has described her movement, a well-crafted mixture of traditional techniques from the African diaspora and Silvestre contemporary dance, as “spectacularly supple.” Mullen, who earned a Masters of Arts degree from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, actively pursues her interests in dance ethnography, traveling throughout the world while creating links among cultures through the expression of dance. Since 2005, Mullen has also been recognized as a popular dance and fitness DVD personality and choreographer renowned for infusing traditional dance forms into mainstream markets. Her debut dance workout DVD, "Dance and Be Fit: Brazilian Body," was awarded “Best Dance DVD 2009” by Health Magazine.
Full schedule for Sedona, Phoenix, and Tucson classes available here: Workshops Page
COMPAGNIE KÄFIG :: dance performance at
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 10th and 11th
With gratitude for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Grupo Liberdade is offering pairs of tickets for both performances of COMPAGNIE KÄFIG!
A major figure in the global hip-hop scene, French choreographer Mourad Merzouki works at the intersection of many different disciplines, from circus and martial arts to visual art and music. His unique dance ensemble, Compagnie Käfig, has become an international sensation with its passionate young dancers from the shanty towns of Rio de Janeiro performing an intoxicating fusion of hip-hop, capoeira and samba. Bursting with energy, this breathtaking performance is two shows in one: Correria (running), a thrilling, hectic race, and Agwa (water), an exploration of this vital resource and symbol of renewal.
*** To Enter Drawing for a Pair of Tickets: ***
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line "ticket giveaway". Include your name, email, and phone number. Drawing will take place on January 5th, and winners will be contacted by phone and/or email.
More information on the performance and the entire DISCOVERY BRAZIL SERIES at: http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org
Poranguí Returns to Holiday Favorite, Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix (VIDEO)
As the Desert Botanical Garden celebrates its 75th anniversary, we invite you to join us this holiday season as we bring Las Noches de las Luminarias and Chihuly in the Garden together! Each night of Luminaria, the Garden will come to life with the soft glow from more than 8,000 hand lit Luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and Chihuly’s vibrant works of glass art. Sip on hot apple cider as you walk the trails and encounter the Valley’s favorite musicians and entertainers including Poranguí. Bring your whole family for this magical winter delight!
Poranguí’s Performance Dates: Dec 6th - 12th, 19th - 23rd, and 29th - 31st
Look for him on the "Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail".
More details and to purchase your tickets in advance visit: http://www.dbg.org/events-exhibitions/las-noches-de-las-luminarias
Check out this video of Porangui’s performance last year at Luminaria- and if you like it, share it! (Make sure to listen with headphones if on your computer or phone - makes a world of a difference!) http://youtu.be/AR0TVmpi500
Saturday, Nov 16 at 7:00pm (8:00pm Show)
Brasil Fest AZ 2012 is this Friday night, Sept 21 in downtown Phoenix! Do you have your discounted presale tickets yet? Check out all the details at www.BrasilAZ.com and invite your friends for a night to be remembered!
Want a little taste of what's in store on Friday? Check out the new promo video from the BrasilAZ team. Remember to "like" it and share the love with your friends!