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Leandro Silva (Alegria)

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.

Janete Silva

Janete Silva is a dancer, choreographer, performer and educator from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She has studied dance since childhood and her professional training includes Afro-Brazilian Traditional dances, Ballet, Modern, Capoeira (a Brazilian Martial Art) ,Silva Tecnique (Fuzion of Capoeira and Dance) and Silvestre Technique.

Janete has performed with many acclaimed local and international Companies, including Bale Folclórico da Bahia (Brazil), DanceBrazil (New York), Bahia Brazil (Los Angeles), Orquestra Popular da Bahia (Brazil), Freddiek Bratcher and Company (Miami), Brazil Skindo Company(Miami),Viver Brazil Dance Company (L.A), and Ballethnic Dance Company(ATL). Janete has also appeared as a dancer on Ivete Sangalo’s DVDs MTV ao Vivo and Maracana. She participated in the Lowell Folk Festival (Lowell), National Black Arts Festival (Georgia), the Brazilian Independence Day Celebration, Target’s Super Sabado! at El Museo del Barrio, and the Houston Brazilian Festival.

In addition to her extensive training, Janete teaches workshops throughout the United States and internationally and has recently performed in Musical Explorers 2014 at Carnegie Hall NYC. Janete’s Faculty Afro-Brazilian Dance at Cumbe: Center For African and Diaspora, Steps on Broadway and CAC in NYC.

Janete is Assistant Director and Rehearsal Director for Silva Dance Company in NYC.