Mestre Chuvisco was born and raised in Belo Horizonte in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil. He began training at 11 years old with Grao Mestre Dunga, himself a student of Mestre Bimba, creator of Capoeira Regional. Chuvisco was graduated to Mestre in 1977. He founded Associacao de Capoeira Mandingueiros dos Palmares later that year and has been teaching ever since.
The Associacao de Capoeira Mandingueiros dos Palmares is an internationally recognized capoeira organization founded by Mestre Chuvisco. It is dedicated to the preservation of capoeira and afro-brazilian culture through education. Mandingueiros dos Palmares has schools all over the United States from Florida to Virginia to Texas to Rhode Island.
Sarah Fader has taught ballet, creative movement, and theatre classes for children most of her adult life, and on the North Shore for over 15 years.
She studied dance and theatre at Mount Holyoke College and graduated cum laude with a degree in English Literature. Sarah began her ballet training at the Hartford Conservatory and the Hartford Ballet Company and continued her studies with Edward Villella of the New York City Ballet and William Anderson of American Ballet Theatre.
In addition to ballet, Sarah has studied Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre, and African dance, as well as Afro-Cuban and Cuban-Modern with the Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, in Havana.
She choreographs for and performs with several theatre companies on the North Shore, including Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, Sleepy Lion, and Henry Allen’s Folklore Theatre.
Kripalu Yoga Dance
Nome Graham is a certified Kripalu Yoga Dance for Special Populations instructor and Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant. Nome has used this Kripalu Yoga Dance for such diverse groups and aims, such as group cohesion for incarcerated groups, youth groups, or business settings; rite of passage occasions, such as marriage, coming of age, change of career, or life changing travel; and in schools for energy monitoring and social skill building.
Nome Graham also holds certification for KYD for Special Populations which supports groups with specific needs as they explore the joy and empowerment of movement. Populations that have been served and increased their mobility, balance, and sense of play: for example senior groups, both at senior centers and assisted living homes, cancer and surgery patients in various stages of recovery, and individuals using wheelchairs, or who are mostly chair bound.
Laura has a strong passion for all things movement which started with taking her first dance class at Dancer’s Courageous in Gloucester when she was a child. Laura has been a dance instructor since 2012 and is a certified Zumba instructor at MAGMA. She also teaches Hip Hop, Power Sculpt, and several other group fitness classes at the Manchester Athletic Club. Laura is also an ACE certified personal trainer and strives to make her classes as fun as possible while also making them safe and accessible for all populations. Laura feels that movement knows no age or limitation and anyone can start a movement practice at any point in their lives.
Raisa Abdeen has been dancing forró pé de serra for three years. Before dancing forró, Raisa danced with the Boston-based samba no pé group, Sambaviva, and performed around New England. She started dancing forró taking classes with the “Os Forrozeiros Dance Group”. Since then, Raisa has been teaching weekly forró classes around the Boston area and has performed at various events, including cultural fairs and social justice events. Raisa has co-taught with various international teachers, which is how she learned of the forró dance style from Itaunas, Brazil (considered to be the forró capital of the world), which has influenced Raisa’s dance style. She focuses on footwork and connectivity between dance partners. Raisa has taught workshops in New York and organizes forró events in the Boston area. In 2017 and 2018, she co-organized the first and second annual forró festival in the United States, Forro Fest USA in Boston. Having been introduced to dance as an adult and holding a bachelor’s degree in Expressive Art Therapy, Raisa believes in the transformative, therapeutic power of dance and implements feminist dance theory in her practice in order to celebrate all genders in dance to cultivate a more inclusive environment.
Molly Tupper is a dance maker, performer and educator. Molly’s dance training began at Hamilton-Wenham School of Dance, where she danced from ages 3-18. She holds a BA from Smith College in Dance with a minor in Education & Child Studies. Through the Five College Dance Department she had many opportunities to perform, working with choreographers including Barbie Diewald, Jennifer Nugent, Rowan Salem and Candice Salyers. Her choreographic work has been shown at Smith College, Salem Arts Festival and the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought in Northampton. Molly is the workshop director of the Windhover Summer Dance Intensive in Rockport and teaches children and teens across the North Shore.
CHEK Holistic Lifestyle coach, FDN-P, Reiki Okuden, and author of The Optimal Health Cookbook, Suzanne Sweeney, teaches people how to improve health & happiness through diet, Tai Chi & Qi gong, and relaxation techniques including Reiki and Shamanic healing. Suzanne has trained in various martial arts since 2010 and considers Tai Chi and Qi gong to be a fun and effective path to a better body, a happier outlook, and improved overall health.