Afro-Brazilian Dance Classes
Cleonice is a recent arrival to Philadelphia direct from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She is a former member of the folkloric dance troupe of the SESC SENAC and a master Afro-Brazilian dancer.
Her class includes dances of the orixás, samba de roda, samba reggae and axé.
Live percussion with be provided by Dendê. Drummers welcome!
Wissahickon Dance Academy
38 East Schoolhouse Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144
1213 Race Street Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cleonice Fonseca, a Brazilian from Salvador -Bahia, began her career in the dance group of the Colégio Central da Bahia participating in projects and shows produced there. She learned her first African dance techniques, folk, religious dances (orixás) and African contemporary with renouned teachers such as Raimundo Tição, Raimundo King, Raimunda Sena, Tania Bishop, Nildinha Fonseca and José Ricardo Santos.
As a member of SESC Dance Group for 10 years, she participated in several shows produced by the entity for the promotion of African dance and Brazilian folklore, including taking the show to other cities in Brazil and Santiago, Chile as the first international trip for cultural exchange.
As a dancer, she participated in other projects, dance groups and musical bands such as Banda Motumba, Dia e Noite (the state government project), Lagobada Group, Artists Meeting project (acting in the area of production).
She participated in African dance workshops conducted by the Bale Folklorico da Bahia, and African dance by Professor Oshuntiye Brown (USA).
Since June 2014, she has been living in Philadelphia where she teaches weekly Afro Brazilian dance workshops in collaboration with Mamadêlê Productions and Ascab Capoeira. She also performs with Ologunde and Alo Brazil and teaches at an arts education program in South Philly coordinated by educator Howard Tucker.