Danielle Lima

Danielle Lima is a Professional Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Danielle dance education comes from a diverse source: Danielle discovered her passion for samba at early age when she joined the kids wing at Samba School Beija-Flor de Nilopolis; she studied at the Studio de Danca Valeria Brito, and at Centro de Danca Rio where she studies Ballet, Jazz, Modern and National Folklore Dances. In Brazil she developed her own samba no pe style inspired by some of the greatest passistas of Beija-flor Samba school. In New York City Danielle emerged as one of the foremost samba dancers and teachers in the US. Danielle had been vising faculty and Judge in several Samba events around USA and abroad:

Arizona -USA Queen and King of Samba in the years of 2014 and 2018.
Utah - Samba Fogo Queen of Samba in the years of 2015 and 2019.
International Samba Congress in LA years 2017 and 2018.
Canada Samba Congress 2018.
California Brazil Camp-years 2016 and 2017.

Danielle’s teaching philosophy explores Samba as more than a rhythm and a dance. Her method presents Samba as a tradition, as an Art and Culture that brings people together as a powerful and united community.

Danielle Lima is the founding director of the Danielle Lima Dance Group - Samba Arts & Culture. A performance community group whose mission is to raise awareness and stir curiosity about Samba and Brazil. They strive to engage their community, evoke memory, inspire movement, and honor this rich cultural history through storytelling and dance.

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Ailey Extension Celebrates Black History Month With Virtual Workshops And Classes Exploring Dances Of The African Diaspora

(New York) February 2, 2021 - This Black History Month, Ailey Extension is taking students on a virtual world tour exploring a range of dance techniques from across the African diaspora. Throughout February, dancers are invited to participate in special workshops and weekly classes that will expose them to the rich history of dances born from different Black communities in the USA, Caribbean, South America, and the continent of Africa.

Ailey Extension Reveals Workshops Related To Ailey's New York City Center Season, New Classes, And Holiday Promotions

(New York) November 5, 2019 – Boost your dance skills at Ailey Extension this November with specialized workshops and new classes led by Ailey’s extended family of movement experts. Dancers of all experience levels will have several chances throughout the month to train with the esteemed choreographers and trainers helping Ailey dancers prepare for the upcoming holiday season engagement at New York City Center. This month’s workshops allow dancers to receive hands-on modern dance coaching with Ailey Rehearsal Director Matthew Rushing; learn a spiritually refreshing mix of modern and African dance from celebrated Choreographer Ronald K. Brown, whose work remains part of Ailey’s current repertory; and build endurance fit for a dancer with Master Trainer Steven Lopez, who trains his Ailey dancer wife Constance Stamatiou between performance seasons. With new workshops, classes, and promotional deals, students have a wider range of opportunities to sharpen their dance skills.

Ailey Extension Bounces Into Back-To-School Mode With Lively New Classes And Workshops For Kids And Adults

(New York) September 6, 2019 – As the nation enters back-to-school mode, Ailey Extension welcomes students of all ages and experience levels to fall into fitness at its lively new classes and workshops. Ailey Extension is excited to introduce two new weekly classes taught by renowned instructors Danielle Lima, one of the foremost samba teachers in the USA; and Joan Peters, one of the original Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company members and master teacher of the Dunham technique. Ailey Extension will also offer an additional Beginner Ballet class taught by American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher Anna Lederfeind.

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