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Dancebrazil Brings Traditional and ContemporaryAfro-Brazilian Dance to the Stage at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 10, 2005

(Mahwah) – With performers executing acts of super-human physical prowess, accompanied by the soul-stirring sound of live music, DanceBrazil brings audiences to their feet, cheering for more. This electrifying group will perform at the Sharp Theater on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey on Sunday, February 20 at 7 p.m.

DanceBrazil encompasses the best of traditional and contemporary Afro-Brazilian dance, including a martial art form of dance known as capoeira. The performance is for audiences of all ages and even for those who do not consider themselves fans of dance.

Jelon Vieira founded DanceBrazil in 1977. Alvin Ailey joined the board of directors in 1980 and helped to focus the dance company’s objectives to reach a broad North American community. Vieira is the artistic director of DanceBrazil and the Capoeira Foundation, founded to undertake the long-range goal of spreading Afro-Brazilian cultural messages through education and production activities.

The artistic director and the late Loremil Machado were the first artists to bring traditional Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira to the United States. In additional to solo performances and works for DanceBrazil, Vieira’s choreographic credits include the films Brenda Starr, Rooftops and Boomerang.

Tickets for DanceBrazil’s performance at Ramapo College are $24 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $12 for youth. The Sharp Theater is located at the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus. For more information, call 201.684.7844. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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