Brazil Culture

Afro-Brazilian arts a vibrant and mystical expression.

Rita Silva enchantes and educates us with grace and spirtuality as we connect to the elements of nature thru the culture of dance and music.

Rita Silva who hails from Salvador Bahia, Brazil began touring as a high school student throughout Brazil playing traditional African instruments and singing. As a dancer she was a member of "VIVA BAHIA", directed by Emilia Biancardi, the first Folcloric dance company in Brazil to tour internationally.

Rita was also assistant Director, and principal dancer of "Zambo Bahia" and then went on to be Co-Founder,Co-Director and principal dancer of "Bahia Magia", and assistant director and principal dancer of "Capoeira Bahia", Rita was then hired by the Bahia Department of Tourism as part of a company of illustrious performers to travel the world exemplifying and celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Brazil. These projects have kept Rita busy touring extensively in Europe,Central / South America, Canada, Israel and the U.S.of A for over 25 years.

Rita now lives in New York City, and has performed in many venues such as Town Hall, Symphony Space, Knitting Factory, Joe's Pub, Prospect Park, Central Park etc....

Amongst her talents Rita also works with percussion in different groups such as "IHOT" "Magica" , "Bossas of Avatar","Sugar Tit" - (Womens theatrical/Musical troope)

Rita also performed, and toured with Jazz artist "Leon Parker" in Jazz Festivals in San Francisco, Santa Cruz and recorded on his last CD "Awakening", Rita also toured within the U.S. & Canada with Indian Orchestra directed by great musical director:"AR RAHMAN", Rita also plays,sings and speaks on a Documentary film Directed by Thomas Allen Harris "E Minha Cara" (Thats My Face )

Rita also has been teaching her Afro-Brazilian culture and traditions in the public school system since 1994, as well as in different universities, festivals and adult workshops.

Rita also produced events called Bahiafest since 1996 allowing people to experience her native traditions thru dance, music and typical food in a exstensive 2 day event with elder guests from Bahia.