About Daniel Nery dos Santos:
With much enthusiasm, Daniel joyfully shares his native Afro-Brazilian culture through Capoeira and dance, two of the most significant artistic expressions of Black Brazilian culture. Daniel brings a unique blend of Latin and Afro-Brazilian flavor to his Zumba® classes, infusing simple, easy-to-follow steps with his energetic demeanor. Daniel's extensive training and infectious energy transmit the vibrance of Brazil and produce fun, creative and invigorating classes.
Daniel was born and raised in Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia where Brazil's African heritage is widely celebrated and revered. Daniel began training Capoeira at the age of 14 and began teaching only two years later. At age 17 Daniel became the Suburban Regional Capoeira Champion of Salvador and in the years that followed, Daniel expanded his dance training at La Universidad Federal do Bahia and Federação Cultural do Bahia. Daniel performed throughout Bahia with dance companies including Arte Bahia, Joao de Barro Dance Company and Axe Bahia and was featured on several Brazilian local and national television and radio programs. In 2011 he earned the highest rank in Capoeira of "Mestre" on a visit back to Salvador.
In 2008 after nearly 18 years of training, teaching and performing, Daniel moved to the U.S. In Seattle, together with his wife Aileen, Bahia In Motion was founded, an organization offering classes, workshops and events in Brazilian dance and Capoeira and partner with local schools and organizations including Seattle Theater Group, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Spectrum Dance Theater. Bahia In Motion also runs yearly tours to Salvador, Brazil. Daniel received his Zumba® certification in 2009, and currently teaches throughout Seattle. In 2012, Daniel and Aileen opened Balance Studio where they teach and encourage local artists and instructors to share their native cultural expressions of dance, yoga, dance fusion, and movement therapy. Through Bahia In Motion, Daniel and Aileen and their growing family of instructors, staff and students are committed to building community, promoting health, honoring diversity and enriching the lives of individuals and families through dance, Capoeira, travel and the joy of Brazilian culture.
About Beth Solan:
Beth's love for the practice of yoga shines through in her teaching. She centers her classes around breath and body awareness, using her calm and authentic voice to create a nourishing space for practitioners to immerse themselves through mindfully crafted sequences.
Beth began her yoga practice in 2001 in a college elective and has since been found practicing beneath trees, in parks, at schools, on mountain trails and tops, and countless studios ever since. Her love and passion for the practice continues to grow.
After years of studying on her own and sharing the practice with anyone who would show up, she was thrilled to take part in Be Yoga Burien’s inaugural teacher training programs in 2018. Through this, she completed her 200 hour teacher training in the style of Vinyasa with Audrey Benton and Nina Graniter, 200 hour training in Yin Yoga with Audrey Benton and Jordan Grimmer, and became certified in Yoga Nidra delivery with Audrey Benton.
When she’s not in the studio, Beth can be found hiking through the Pacific Northwest with her 5-year old daughter, laughing and walking with friends, and teaching as a special education teacher. She aspires to bring yoga into the classrooms and into spaces where youth need a little extra care, hoping to bring connection to health and wellness to our younger generations.
Journey to Salvador August 2020: Afro-Brazilian Dance Intensive
Bahia In Motion invites you to join us on our next Journey to Bahia, Brazil!
Journey to Salvador: Afro-Brazilian Dance Intensive
Dates: August 2020 (arrive in Salvador 8/13/arrive Seattle 8/26)
*Stay tuned for specific dates!
In August 2020 we will be offering a Dance Intensive trip to Salvador, Bahia. This trip is designed for travelers who would like to go deeper in his/her studies of Afro-Brazilian dance in the heart of Afro-Brazilian culture in Brazil. As we explore the rich history of Salvador and experience its delicious cuisine, warm smiles and streets pulsating with Bahian rhythms, you will have the unique chance to study with master teachers in Afro-Brazilian dance and music. Our trip will also include an excursion to the city of Cachoeira for the Festa da Boa Morte.
The dance and music classes in Salvador are suitable for those who are in the beginning or intermediate/advanced stages of studying Afro-Brazilian dance. Our physical activity will be moderately demanding, but there will be down time as well for reflection, journal-writing, hammock time, swimming in Bahia's waters, and exploring the historical district of Pelourinho on your own.
Daniel Nery dos Santos and Aileen Panke, co-owners and directors of Bahia In Motion, look forward to being your hosts for our August 2019 Journey to Bahia. Daniel is a native of Salvador and truly delights in sharing the culture of Bahia-his home for 31 years before moving to the United States in 2008. Daniel and Aileen have led groups to Bahia since 2010, providing a unique "insider" view to their trips. Bahia's arms are ready to welcome you and we look forward to being your hosts!
*The cost of the trip includes:
-All accommodations in a local pousada (bed and breakfast) in the Barra district of Salvador (1 block from the beach)
-All airport and in-Brazil transfers (excluding taxi rides)
-2 selected lunches
-2 dance classes/day x 8 days (other possible classes to be determined)
-2 music classes
-Excursion to Cachoeira
-Museum and historical site entries
-Bale Folclorico Show (Show of Folkloric Ballet of Bahia)
The cost of the trip does not include:
-Round trip airfare to and from your home city
-Brazilian Visa (required for U.S. Citizens)
-Travel Insurance (required)
*Prices are based on double occupancy. There is an additional fee for single occupancy, pending availability.
Payment plans available.
Please feel free to call or email with questions: