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Leandro Silva (Alegria) was born in Bahia, Brazil. He began his Capoeira training at the age of ten years old with Mestre Jelon Vieira and has demonstrated and taught capoeira throughout Brazil, the United States and Europe.
An accomplished, professionally trained dancer of various styles (Capoeira, Afro Brazilian, Modern, Ballet, Contemporary), Mr. Silva has toured the world for several years as a member of the highly acclaimed DanceBrazil dance company. Also Alegria has been part of several other international companies such as Brazarte Dance Company (Miami-FL), Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (Denver-CO), Orquestra Popular da Bahia (Brazil), and Ballethnic Dance Company (Atlanta- GA). He has also performed in important Dance events like, Capezio 125 years, Broadway & Beyond ( 2012- 2014).
For the past several years, Mr. Silva has been developing his own style of dance, where he mixes Capoeira with modern dance and Contemporary Dance. He has also participated as director and choreographer of National Black Arts Festival (Atl-GA), choreographer assistant of So You Think You Can Dance (Canada) and performed in the Houston Brazilian Festival (Hou-TX). Mr. Silva has been an artist in residence for Philadanco Dance Company.
Mr. Silva is also a Artistic Director and Choreographer of Silva Dance Company.
A yoga mat for this class is recommended.
Capoeira is Brazil's fast and graceful Afro-Brazilian art
form, which blends
dance, martial arts, and acrobatics into one beautiful art like
no other. Created by
Africans brought to Brazil, Capoeria began as a means of
self-protection and as a
way to fight for their freedom. During its early years,
Capoeira was disguised as a
dance in order to be practiced openly. Today, it is widely
known and practiced in
more than 60 nations around the world.
Experience the beauty of this rhythmic Afro-Brazilian art form that blends martial arts, dance, and acrobatic movements. Capoeira increases agility, balance and coordination, flexibility, muscle strength, posture, and overall cardiovascular health. Classes are open to all levels.