Efraim Silva, President and Artistic Director of Ginga Brasileira, was born in Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was awarded state and federal certification as a professional musician and rhythmist, and he opened his own Capoeira academy in Braganca Paulista, Sao Paulo, in 1985. He became Brazilian national champion of Capoeira in 1988. Efraim now teaches Capoeira for children and adults in the New Haven area, and has his own performing group, Ginga Brasileira, Inc., with which he performs in schools, universities and festivals all over the United States, Canada and Brazil.
From the East Granby Creative Arts Council, November 2006: “We had the pleasure of having Ginga Brasileira come to both our middle and high school today. The performances were awesome. We are very pleased and so were the teachers. The students enjoyed the show immensely. This group was professional,interesting and lots of fun. They related well to the students and were able to get even the high school kids to wake up and participate!! Our sincere thanks to you for having such a fantastic group of performers to choose from. We would recommend them to everyone.” Kyle Spears
From the Clintonville Elementary School, North Haven “This performance was full of such contagious energy and enthusiasm that our students and teachers are still raving about it today. Teaches and parents alike remarked on Efraim’s ability to connect with all students.We were impressed with the various ways he changed the show to match the needs of his audience, while teaching valuable information about the history and culture of Brazil. All of the performers had our gymnasium electrified with energy, our students enthusiastically engaged and our teachers and parents dancing and singing. This was the best show we have had at Clintonville for all these reasons. People also let me know that they noticed a true kindness of spirit towards children of any age and ability, which highlights their understanding of child development and their genuine people skill. I am not surprised that Efraim is on of Young Audiences Master Teaching Artists, this accolade is well-deserved.” Aimee McLaughlin-Kobierowski, Grade 5 Teacher
Dances of Brazil (Grades K-12)
This professional ensemble perform a colorful, crowd-pleasing repertoire of Afro-Brazilian dances that fuse rhythmic music with high-energy gymnastics and martial arts. The ensemble performs Capoeira, a martial art dance form developed in Brazil by 16th-Century slaves that is punctuated by fast footwork, daring leaps, and split second timing. Also featured are Maculele, a stick dance created by African slaves working on Brazilian sugarcane plantations, and Samba, Brazil’s national dance. Length: 40-45 minutes
Single Performance: $1,045
Back to Back Performances: $1,325
Three Performances: $1,800
Brazilian Dance Workshops and Residency Available
Students will learn the rhythms and movement of the exciting Maculele dance and more.
CCT FUNDING AVAILABLE
Music, Physical Education, Dance, Social Studies, Science
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Connecticut: Our mission is to integrate the arts into the lives of children in educational and community settings. Our vision for Connecticut is that all children realize their potential through the arts; that the arts are valued for their ability to improve our schools and communities; that, by participation in the arts, children come to understand and value themselves, their neighbors, and the world cultures they share.
We are an Affiliate of VSA arts… an international nonprofit organization that is creating a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.
We offer educational classroom workshops, school cultural programs, school arts programs, assembly programs, arts integration programs, artist in residence programs – bringing theater, music, drama, puppetry, visual arts, storytelling, drawing, painting, history and cultural arts to the classroom.