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January 18: Famed Brazilian Folk Dance Troupe At The Sandler Center

Brazil’s only professional folk dance company will perform at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts January 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians, and singers performs a repertory based on a “Bahian” folkloric dances of African origin and includes slave dances, capoeira (a form of martial arts), samba, and those that celebrate Carnival. The company presents the region’s most important cultural manifestations under a contemporary theatrical vision that reflects its popular origins.

Based in Salvador in the northern state of Bahia, the Brazilian company made its debut in July 1988, at the Joinville Dance Festival where an audience of 20,000 enthusiastically greeted its performance entitled “Bahia de Todas as Cores” (All Colors of Bahia). The troupe’s immediate success brought invitations to perform at other festivals around the country.

Since 1994, as a consequence of its success in Lyon, the troupe has traveled all over the world, performing at the most important theaters.

For tickets, log on to or visit the Sandler Center box office. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts with 1,300 seats is located in the heart of Virginia Beach’s Town Center.

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