I am so incredibily excited and in awe of how much God has blessed Brazilian Dance Company! I am so grateful for all of the ladies who are a part of this group. You all have dedicated yourselves to rehearsals, getting costumes, doing shows, and sticking with it. I thank you all. Now, that we have reached this amazing accomplishment, it is time to work even harder. We must take our samba skills to the next level. We have proven ourselves to the Temecula community, now, it's time to make our debut into the Brazilian/Samba Community. I have organized two very important workshops for the month of August 2017: Samba Queen Bootcamp with the USA Samba Queen 2016 Jonia McClenney and the Samba Queens Academy Founder, Jazz Baptiste. These ladies are very inspirational to me and I know you will find value in their workshops. Learning from the best helps you achieve a littler higher than where you are now. As BDC grows, we will get better; but we will need your continued dedication and efforts. You will not be disappointed!
I am so excited about the progress everyone is making! Dancers are starting to order their fantasias (Brazilian name for 'costume') and we have some gigs coming up this Summer. As you all prepare for shows, I want to remind everyone that there is a difference between being a "samba student" and being a "passista". Anyone can join our group as a student, but those who want to become passistas must train hard and show commitment to the group. This includes attending rehearsals, paying Membership fees on time, and investing in your costume.
As you saw at our last rehearsal, it is a different experience to dance with a costume rather than workout clothes. Therefore, I encourage all of you to join me in my "Bikini and Heels" rehearsals where you will practice getting used to dancing in just a bikini (or a part of your fantasia) and your samba shoes. The more practice you have in your bikini and heels, the more confident you will feel for shows.
On 2/18/17, we held a BDC Dancer Meeting. Below are the details of what was discussed:
1. New payment option- $75/month when paid by the 1st of each month
a. Right now, everyone pays about $84/month for all classes provided. However, with the new classes added on, this would be a value of $108. Therefore, paying $75/month for Members provides a discount.
b. Fee is due on the first of each month, however, you will be given until the first class of the month to decide if you want to pay for the month or per class.
2. Right now, Members will pay $10 drop-in fee for Vineyard FIT classes held at Miramonte Winery.
a. I will work with Vineyard FIT to see if a discount can be provided for Members who sign up for a gym membership at Vineyard FIT. Please see Courtney Carter for more details.
1. There is a BDC Membership/Dancer Expecation Packet available online. It is not stressed at this time due to our small numbers, but it is available for review.
C. Website Member's Page
1. On www.brazildanceco.org, there is a Member's Only page. Here, I will provide information that can be referenced as new Members are added or as seasoned Members need refreshers. Contact Courtney Carter to make sure you are added to list.
II. Communication Preferencene
A. Phone/text, Facebook public or private page, Website, or email?
1. As our numbers grow, it is important for me to know how to reach everyone for long term and last minute information. Please let me know what the majority prefers so that I am not chasing people around.
A. New Costume- Nay and I are working on a new "bloco" costume concept. We will hold another meeting specifically regarding the costume.
1. You will need skin tone fishnets and skin tone bodysuit. Other materials will be discussed at costume meeting.
2. We have a tentative date set for March 11, 2017.
IV. Upcoming Shows
2/25/17- Cornona Mardi Gras, 3/3/17- 3/5/17- Sacramento Carnival, 3/12/17- Vineyard FIT performance, 4/1/17 BDC 2nd Anniversary.
Trips to consider attending: June- Santa Barbara Summer Solciste, August- Japan Brazilian Carnival, October- Arizona National Samba Competition, 2018- possible trip to Brazil.
June 22- Brazilian-themed Fashion show fundraiser from 12:30- 1:30pm.
June 26- Samba Showcase at The Ballroom.
4th of July Parade (tentatively scheduled).
Now that you have some classes under your belt, you are starting to see what samba is all about. I would like to get you moving to the next level to become a Passista. Passista is a term used for skilled samba dancers. They are usually the ones during a Carnival parade doing a lot of fast samba with tricks and jumps and getting the crowd excited. The title of passista is an honor as it shows your level of dedication to your 'escola de samba' (samba school) through year long hard work and practice. In the upcoming classes, I want to begin to break down the samba technique and to provide one-on-one instruction on ways to develop and improve our samba. Furthermore, I encourage you to take a look at the check list below and start investing in your samba and performace. Please message me with questions if needed. Obrigada (thank you) and Axe!
Carnival season is almost here! I want to keep you all abreast of Brazilian Dance Company's Carnival celebrations.
Sat. Feb. 6th- We will be holding a mini Carnival celebration at The Ballroom (27314 Jefferson Ave., Temecula, CA) from 11:30am- 12:30pm. It will be a chance for people, new to the Brazilian community, to learn about Brazilian culture. This class will be free to the public, so please bring a friend. However, I need people to RSVP by Monday, Feb. 1st to make sure I have enough materials.
Sat. March 5-6th- It is with great pleasure that I announce that Brazilian Dance Company has been invited to perform at the 4th Annual Sacramento Carnival celebration at the Old Sugar Mill (35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg, CA 95612) from 6pm- 10:30pm. We will be opening for SambaDa, which is a very fun, high energy, Brazilian band. You are all invited to come out to this family-friendly event (if you can make the drive).