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Past Events Featuring Bahia In Motion...

Samba and Salsa Social Event
Carnaval Zumba
10 Year Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser
Ailey Camp 2022

AileyCamp 2022

Folk Life 2022

NW FolkLife Festival 2022

Bahia in Motion Dance Workshop
U District Street Fair Flyer
Folklife Festival Poster
International Womens Day Flyer 2022

Bahia in Motion International Women's Day (Week!) Classes

Dates: March 9th - March 13th
Location: Balance Studio

Join us for a week-long celebration of the strength and beauty of women worldwide. Classes offered online and in-person.
All classes are donation based. No one turned away.
If joining us in-person, full vaccination and masks required


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Wednesday March 9th
6:30 - 7:30PM: Samba Reggae

Thursday March 10th
6 - 7PM: Zumba®

Friday March 11th
7:15 - 8:30PM: Yoga Nidra with Beth Solan

Saturday March 12th
1 - 2:30PM: Afro-Brazilian Dance with Julieta Rodrigues. Live-streamed from Salvador, Brazil
3 - 4:30PM: Capoeira for Beginners with Cami “Guerreira” Anthony

Sunday March 13th
10 - 11:30am: Orixa Dance Movement with Master teacher and choreographer Vera Passos. Live-streamed from Los Angeles, CA.
12 - 2PM: Oráculo with Master teacher and choreographer Rosangela Silvestre. Workshop and performance, live-streamed from Salvador, Brazil.

Beginner Capoeira for Women Workshop

Date: January 15th
Time:1 - 2:15pm PST
Cost: Donation
Location: Balance Studio

Join us for this unique workshop honoring the beauty of Capoeira, now celebrated by women world-wide.

Mestre Jackson End of Year Percussion Celebration

Date: December 18th
New Time:1 - 2:30pm PST
Cost: $25
Location: Balance Studio

Join us in studio for this end of year celebration as Mestre Jackson leads us virtually as we celebrate the end of the year.

12 Student Capacity.
First Come, First Serve.

Orixa Dance Movement

Date: Saturday December 11th
New Time: 1 - 3pm PST
Cost: Suggested $25 Donation
Location: Balance Studio

Join us as we explore the movements of the Orixas. The end of the year is a powerful time to reflect and begin to sow seeds for the new year, moving gracefully and in gratitude.

You may join us in person or on Zoom for the first part of the class. Depending on the weather, we'll spend the second part of class outside or inside for some reflection and movement.
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Pre Thanksgiving Gratidão (Gratitude) Class

Date: Wed November 24th
New Time: 6:30 - 7:30PM PST
Cost: Donation
Location: Balance Studio or Virtual

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Halloween Zumba

Date: October 30th
New Time:10:30 - 11:30am PST
Cost: Donations/Household
Location: Balance Studio or Online

Join us for this fun and dynamic class! Zumba® fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program. Daniel adds his Brazilian flavor to the mix to create a fun, dynamic workout that leaves you smiling and exhilarated! Zumba is a great way to stay fit while having fun. Costumes Encouraged!

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Orixa Dance Movement: Moving with Nature

Dates: September 11th and October 16th
Time: 3 - 6 PM PST
Cost: Donation ( Suggested $25 Donation)
Location: Discovery Park

Join us as we experience the movements and essence of the Orixas within nature. Take time to connect with yourself and each other guided by our great Mother Earth.

We recommend wearing comfortable layered clothing for movement and warmth. We also suggest you bring water, a snack and a journal.

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Zumba In The Park

New Dates: 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23 and 9/30
New Time: 6 - 7 PM PST
Cost: Donations
Location: Gas Works Park

Join us for this fun and dynamic class at Gas Works Park! Zumba® fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program. Daniel adds his Brazilian flavor to the mix to create a fun, dynamic workout that leaves you smiling and exhilarated! Zumba is a great way to stay fit while having fun.

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Orcas Island Dance and Capoeira Weekend

Dates: August 27th - 29th
Location: Orcas Island,WA

Join us for a weekend of Brazilian dance and Capoeira on beautiful Orcas Island. Take in nature’s beauty while experiencing Brazil’s magic. We are so excited to collaborate with Orcas Dance Collective and their community! 15-20 Camping Spots are Available! All classes will be held at the Orcas Center Dance Studio.

Friday August 27th
6:30 - 7:45PM: Afro- Brazilian Dance
Saturday August 28th
10 - 10:45AM: Kids Capoeira (Ages 4-12)
11 - 12:15PM: Adult Capoeira Age 13+
1:30 - 3PM: Samba Reggae/Samba De Roda
Sunday August 29th
9:30 - 10:15am: Orixa Dance Movement

Adults $75- For all Workshops
Kids 14 and under $50/For all Workshops
$25 Drop-in for any class

Samba Reggae for Beginners

Mondays in May
6:15 - 7:15 PM PST
Cost: Donations/Household

Join us as we explore the roots of Samba Reggae and lead you through very basic, easy-to-follow steps. Samba Reggae is a form of music, dance and resistance born in Salvador, Bahia Brazil during the Civil Rights movement. Its music combines West African and Caribbean rhythms to create a hypnotic-like swing that Afro-Brazilians have been parading to for decades as part of protests and Black Pride demonstrations. Resistance and joy unite in this unique music and dance experience. Original recordings by Mestre Jackson, one of the great musicians responsible for the proliferation of Samba Reggae throughout the world, will accompany us throughout our class in addition to other original works from Bahian masters.

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If you would like to use your class card or membership, send an email to here to be put on a list to receive the Zoom link 24 hours before class

Mestre Jackson Percussion Series: Live Streamed from Salvador, Brazil.

Saturdays May 22nd - June 12th
12pm - 1:30 PM PST
Cost: $100 for whole series or $25 drop-in/session

Join us for this unique experience as Mestre Jackson leads us on a journey into the beauty, history and strength of Afro-Brazilian Culture through the rhythm of its music and people.
We have a few spaces available left for in-studio attendance! Zoom Available for those wanting to attend online.

Sat 5/22: Ijexa
Sat 5/29: Samba Percussiva (Percussive Samba)
Sat 6/5: Samba Reggae
Sat 6/12: Ijexa/Samba Percussiva/Samba Reggae celebration

Music has always been a way for Afro-Brazilians to resist racial oppression and discrimination and continues to be a symbol of black consciousness and social justice. Mestre Jackson is one of the founding fathers of the Samba Reggae rhythm and was one of the first leaders of Olodum. He has performed around the world with artists including Paul Simon, Daniela Mercury, Carlinhos Brown, Timbalada, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Toni Mola. Mestre Jackson's current work includes leading programs as a musical educator for at-risk youth in Salvador's poorest neighborhoods.

All Levels Welcome! If you're attending virtually, Please bring a ceramic plate/mug, fork/spoon, bucket and sticks to class and/or any percussion instrument you may have at home including Ago-go, Surdo, Caixa, Timbal, Conga, Atabaque.

Virtual Attendee Note: Zoom links will be sent to you 24 hours before each class via the email used at checkout.

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STG's Dance This: Popup Workshop
Samba Reggae with Bahia in Motion

Saturday May 8th, 2021
12pm - 1pm PST
Cost: FREE (Ages 13+)

Join us for this fun and energetic class as we explore the history, movements and rhythms of Samba Reggae. Thank you STG for this wonderful opportunity!

Register or get more info Here!

It is with great humility, gratitude and honor on this day of our Great Mother Yemanja that we announce we are the winner of Fremont’s Best Business of 2020 and Best Morale Builder of 2020! Our deep thanks to all those who took the time not only to vote for us but also include your beautiful testimonials expressing what Bahia In Motion and Balance Studio has meant to you during one of the most challenging years in our lifetime. They brought us to tears. We worked very hard this year indeed to continue our mission, think outside the box and keep moving forward. The energy of our students, friends and family gave us unending inspiration and now we are exploring new possibilities and reaching new heights we hadn’t imagined. Thank you - thank you - thank you!

Very special thanks to Kirby Lindsay Laney and Adrian Laney for making this opportunity possible and presenting us with this award. A big congratulations to Lara McIntosh of Wassa dance, one of Balance Studio’s beautiful and gifted instructors who won Fremont’s Best Citizen of 2020 award! We want to also thank all the other small businesses around the planet who are fighting hard to keep their dreams alive.

✨✨ See you on the dance floor everyone and remember to go deep, but always stay light on your feet ✨✨.

Fremocentrist Award

Carnaval Zumba® with Daniel Santos

Saturday 2/20/2021
9:00 - 10:00am PST
Cost: Donation/Household

Join us for this fun and energetic class as we celebrate Carnaval. Costumes, Masks and Props Welcome! Get ready to dance, sway, sweat and smile!

Encontro das Aguas (Meeting of the Waters)
New original works by Bahia In Motion with special guest Etienne Cakpo

Saturday 12/19/2020
7:00 - 8:00pm Pacific
Cost: Donation/Household

Join us for this special evening as we present new choreographies in Afro-Brazilian dance and Capoeira. Etienne will grace us with his artistic genius and we have a special virtual performance by our Bahia In Motion dance company. The arts help us to heal, celebrate life and is a uniting force for all of us. Join us as we give thanks for all the gifts in life and look forward to new beginnings in 2021.

For any issues with accessing the Zoom link on the day of the performance, please contact

Colorado Brazil Fest: Afro-Brazilian Dance and Samba Reggae class

Saturday 12/5/2020
2:00 - 3:30pm Pacific

Join us for this fun and energetic class as we explore the history, movements and rhythms of Afro-Brazilian dance and Samba Reggae. Elements of Afro-Brazilian dance will include Afro, Afoxe, Ijexa and Orixa dance movement. The Samba Reggae rhythm emerged out of the Civil Rights and Black Pride movements. Samba Reggae is a symbol of Afro-Brazilian pride and plays a very important role in the identity of Afro-Brazilians today. Its rhythms are powerful, joyful and uplifting. The historical contexts of both of these Brazilian dance forms will be discussed. Get ready to dance, sway, sweat and smile!


-with Mestre Jackson Nunes

October 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7
1:00 - 2:00pm Pacific

Bahia in Motion is hosting an exciting Ijexa Percussion Series at Balance Studio! Mestre Jackson will be joining us virtually and we're so excited to offer this opportunity for 6 percussion enthusiasts! Classes will be Saturdays 1-2 PM starting October 10th and ending November 7th.

Mestre Jackson Nunes
Dance This Flyer

DANCE This Digital Summer Series

Is your teenager curious about dance? Check-out STG's DANCE This Digital Series. Classes start 6/27 and will run through August 9th but registration is rolling. No tuition required - donations accepted.

Bahia In Motion will be offering:

  • June 30th 11am: Live Samba Reggae class
  • Brazilian Dance Class: Part of pre-recorded sessions.

See poster for more details!


LIVE from Bahia....Summer Sessions

Join Bahia In Motion for a special Afro-Brazilian summer series LIVE from Salvador, Bahia! We honor and respect our teachers in Bahia beyond words and have the unique opportunity to bring them to you.

The roots of Afro-Brazilian culture flow through its music and dance and is celebrated especially in the state of Bahia, Daniel's home in the northeast of Brazil. Bahian rhythms and Afro-Brazilian dance art forms honor African heritage, express resistance and create joy.

Join us as we connect with Brazilian music and dance masters Jackson Nunes, Rosangela Silvestre and Vera Passos, who will lead us on a journey into the beauty and strength of Afro-Brazilian culture.

Mestre Jackson Nunes



-with Mestre Jackson Nunes

JULY 11, 18, 25
12:00 - 1:30pm PST

Portuguese to English interpretation provided by Roberto Merces

  • Saturday 7/11: Ijexa a Escola de Samba (Ijexa to the Samba Schools)
  • Saturday 7/18: Samba Indigina a Samba Afro (Indigenous Samba to African Samba)
  • Saturday 7/25: Samba Reggae ao Timbau (Samba Reggae to the Brazilian Timbal)


A native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Rosangela Silvestre is internationally known as one of the great visionaries of Afro-Brazilian dance. Trained in classical ballet and modern dance, she has traveled to India, Egypt, Senegal and Cuba to research dance and develop her ever-evolving and eclectic palette of movement. Over the last 3 decades, Rosangela has taught and performed around the globe. She has choreographed for Bale Folclorico da Bahia, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico Repertory Company, American Academy of Ballet, Roots of Brazil, DanceBrazil, Viver Brasil, Munto Dance Theater, and the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Company.


Rosangela Silvestre


A native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Vera Passos is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, performer and ambassador of Afro-Brazilian culture. With extensive training in modern dance, ballet, jazz, contemporary and traditional folkloric dance, she has performed internationally with Africa Poesia, Jorge Silva Dance Company, Viver Brasil, and was a soloist dancer of the acclaimed Bale Folclorico da Bahia. Vera is the protege of the Silvestre Technique and is currently the director of Silvestre Link Bahia. With Rosangela Silvestre, she leads annual month-long Silvestre dance trainings in Brazil and other workshops around the globe throughout the year. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Viver Brasil Dance Company in Los Angeles, CA.


STG Presents the 21st Annual DANCE This at The Moore Theatre, July 12, 2019.

STG’s signature dance program, the 21st Annual DANCE This Performance, brings together youth and adult performers from diverse communities for collaboration and to share their culture through the art of dance. Celebrating over 20 years of collaboration, performers get the unique opportunity to work with each other and with renowned international dance artists for an experience that increases professional acumen and makes lasting memories. Past guest artists have included Broadway professionals, New York and L.A. award-winning dancers, the Joffrey Ballet, and Savion Glover to name a few.

2019 Featured Line-up:

  • Bahia In Motion (Dances from Brazil)
  • Cornish Dance Theater (Modern)
  • Massive Monkees (Breaking Crew)
  • Northside Step Team (Step)
  • Northwest Tap Connection (Afro-Modern / Tap)
  • Pacific Ballroom Dance (Foxtrat / Cha Cha)
  • Prashanthi Chitre Institute of Performing Arts (Indian Classical, Folk & Contemporary)
  • United Pacific Islander Impact (Samoan Dance & Music)
  • Finale Choreographed by Kirsten Barron Kinney

NW Folklife Festival 2019:

Samba Reggae workshop with LIVE drumming with Vamola!

Workshop with STG's Dance This!

Bahia In Motion Dance Company performance with the Global Village Showcase.

GLOBAL PARTY, at The Moore Theatre
November 9, 2018

GLOBAL PARTY is a high energy performance of cultural and contemporary dance and music. The performance features talented youth and adult performers celebrating rich cultural traditions from around the world. It’s a not-to-be-missed experience for all ages. This performance gives students and families the opportunity to learn more about their world and the diverse Seattle community. Think Global, Celebrate Local! Watch a preview!

DANCE This Intensive
Pacific Northwest Ballet – Phelps Center, Seattle
June 25 - 30, 2018

The DANCE This Intensive is an opportunity for young dancers (ages 13-21) at all levels to immerse themselves in dance over the course of one week. Students will be exposed to a wide range of dance styles and techniques in a supportive, yet challenging atmosphere.

The World Rhythm Festival is a full weekend immersion in world music, drum and dance. Join us for a festival packed with an amazing range of world music traditions including African, Middle-Eastern, Latin, Indian, Brazilian, North American, and more. Watch talented artists, learn from masters, connect with many vibrant communities and cultures!

April 27 - 29, 2018




Are you interested in offering a dynamic, Latin-infused environment at your next celebration or event? Bahia In Motion offers a variety of unique classes and performances for private parties, fundraisers, festivals, and events aimed at team-building and wellness. Classes offered include Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Arts), Brazilian Dance and Zumba Fitness. Performances highlight the unique culture of Bahia, Brazil. Participants will feel energized and uplifted by Daniel’s unique charisma and the infectious flavor of Brazil! We will create an experience designed especially to fit the needs of your event.

For more information, please contact us.