March 25, 2017 to March 29, 2017
All classes with Vera Passos are free and open to Duke community participation!
- Masterclass, Sunday (afternoon) March 26th, time: TBA, place: the Ark
- Visit/discussion "Iconography of Orixa Dance" West African Rootholds class, March 27th, time: 11:45-1pm, place: Bivins 214
- Masterclass with African Technique II class, March 27th, time: 6:15-7:45, place: the Ark
- Samba masterclass with the Capoeira class, March 28th, time: 11:45-1:15, place: Hull Studio
- Masterclass with combined African Technique I and Advanced Modern, March 29th, time: 4:40-6:10, place: the Ark
Vera Passos is an instructor, choreographer and accomplished dancer. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Dance from the University Federal of Bahia. She started her training with modern dance in Salvador, Bahia, and became involved with other forms of dance - such as Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Traditional dance. Through these, she came into contact with the dance company, Balé Folclórico da Bahia, and became a company member. Passos began studying the demanding Silvestre Technique with creator Rosangela Silvestre in 1992, and soon became the protégé of Silvestre. Since 2002, Ms. Passos has taught the technique at the Escola de Dança Cultural Foundation in Bahia, Brazil, in the preparatory dance program to both dancers-in-training, and to professional dance students. With her dance training experience, she began to teach and to train other dancers - which can be seen in professional dance companies, such as Ballet Theater of Castro Alves and Grupo Corpo. She is the director of Silvestre Link Bahia. She has performed in international venues in North and South America, Europe, and Africa. With Ms. Silvestre, Vera Passos participated in the collaborations with the eclectic American musician Steve Coleman on his tour of Europe in 2002 and 2003. She choreographed for Orchestra Popular da Bahia, directed by the pioneer ethnomusicologist Emilia Biancardi; for Tocandomblé, which produces experimental performances of Afro-Brazilian dance and music; and "Terra em Transe," with music by Italian musician Aldo Briddi. Ms. Passos also danced in the Opera, "Lidia de Oxum", choreographed by Carlos Morais. Vera is currently a special guest dancer with the acclaimed Viver Brasil Dance Company Directed by Linda Yudin and Luiz Badaró.