Back to All Events

Rhythmic & Sensual: Brazilian-Inspired, African-Ignited Dance w/ Leida Tolentino & Vanessa Isaac

Earth-grounded RHYTHM. Passionate SENSUALITY. EXPRESSION...

That is us: Vanessa Isaac & Leida Tolentino, the co-teachers of this very special, long-awaited, one of a kind dance workshop.

West African & Brazilian Dance with LIVE Drumming by Budhi Harlow & dance class drummers!

- Brazilian-Inspired Dance (Afro Brazilian, Samba & Contemporary fusion) with Vanessa Isaac.

- African-Rooted Dance (West African & Afro-Cuban/Brazilian) with Leida Tolentino.

Saturday, December 5, 12:30 to 2:30 PM
Brasil Arts Cafe, 1230 State St., Santa Barbara

Let's dance!!!!

Leida Tolentino grew up in the Cape Verde Islands. A passionate performer, choreographer and educator of West African and African diaspora dance styles, Leida has studied with master artists Moustapha Bangoura and Youssouf Koumbassa in Guinea, and has completed intensive dance residencies in Brazil and Cuba. For five years she performed as a member of Kadiatou Conté’s Balafon West African Dance Ensemble and the Nego Gato Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as with Lannaya Drum & Dance in Austin, TX. Leida currently teaches, dances and choreographs as a member of Panzumo Drum & Dance Company in Santa Barbara, California. She joyfully shares her knowledge of dance through classes and workshops nationally and abroad, and seeks out opportunites for creative collaborations with artists from other backgrounds. Leida holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and neuroscience and is currently a professor at Santa Barbara City College. 

Brazilian performer Vanessa Agle Isaac is an actress, singer, dancer, choreographer, dance instructor, and writer. Vanessa is the founder of Hip Brazil, a lifestyle company that promotes the unique style and vibrant culture of Brazil with the world. She shares her passion with the world through many mediums.
Vanessa has inspired thousands and has created a rapidly growing worldwide following. She has been featured in numerous magazines and publications such as Dance Spirit, InStyle, Shape, Fitness, Women’s Health and Fitness, Weight Watchers, Sweat Magazine and many others.
Vanessa was nominated for the prestigious Brazilian International Press Award. She has been featured on CNN Headline News and Fox TV. Her Brazilian Dance DVD has sold over one million copies worldwide and was voted one of the top ten DVDs of the year by Fitness and Women’s Health & Fitness Magazine. Santa Barbara Magazine chose her as one of the “Most Intriguing People Worth Getting to Know” for her cultural contributions.

Earlier Event: November 7
Brazilian Night with Live Samba Music
Later Event: December 12
C2C Presents: BAC Holiday Showcase!