featuring En Canto, Dora Oliveira, and Café com Leite
Sat, Jun 17 at 6pm doors - 7pm show
- All Ages
Come celebrate the Brazilian Festa Junina with En Canto, Brazilian dancer Dora Oliveira and the samba/pagode group Café com Leite! This is a community event for ALL AGES and will include typical Brazilian food and drinks! (caipirinha (ky/pee/REE/nyah))
The Brazilian Festa Junina, which dates back to Portuguese colonization, commemorates Saint Anthony, Saint John and Saint Peter and marks the end of summer and the beginning of the harvest. After Carnival, it is the second most important popular celebration in Brazilian culture.
The highlight of the Festa Junina is the quadrilha, a type of traditional square dance in which people pair up and dress like farm men and women. Quadrilha folk dances are a vital component of Festa Junina and when paired with live music, it will surely keep everyone on their feet, moving and grooving on the dance floor.
A multi-ethnic, female-led seven-piece, En Canto’s world pop music—a combination forró, samba, and choro-inspired originals and reimagined covers of classic Brazilian hits—commands attention and inspires movement. “We love this music because of its compositional brilliance, its original grooves, and its revolutionary nature."
Dora Oliveira has been performing and teaching Afro Brazilian dance for 28 years. Her professional dance career began in 1976 after graduating from the prestigious Federal University of Brazil. She joined the renowned Brazilian Folkloric dance troupe, Exaltacao A Bahia. Her impressive repertoire include jazz, ballet, modern and African dance.
Café com Leite
Brazilian Samba and pagode