Learn the lively Brazilian dance of Samba thanks to Healthy Sunshine Coast
  • Thursday 15 March 2018

If you’ve ever wanted to try out lively Brazilian dance, council’s new Healthy Sunshine Coast Get Out Get Active Samba dance classes are for you.

The dance program designed specifically for women and girls caters for all levels of fitness and will start on Saturday, May 19.

Since the launch of the Healthy Sunshine Coast program in 2016, thousands of people across the Coast have experienced the benefits of improved health and wellbeing.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the great response to the new Get Out Get Active program had seen some programs booking out within days.

“They are designed to motivate, inspire and support women and girls so they feel the health and social benefits of taking part in physical exercise,” Cr McKay said.

“We have added Samba dancing to the program as it’s all about having fun and letting go in a supportive and inclusive environment and participants don’t need to be fit as a fiddle or be coordinated to join a class.”

Council has secured experienced instructor Sasha Mazzeu from Let’s Dance Latin Dance Academy to run a five-week program for women and girls.

In 2017, Sasha achieved first place at the first International Samba Queen competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Sasha said she was a Brazilian culture lover who, over the last 10 years, had dedicated a lot of her life to travelling and studying in Brazil and its endless array of dance and music.

“I’ve trained extensively in Rio de Janeiro under world famous masters when I lived in Pernambuco and trained in Frevo, Maracatu, Ciranda and Coco,” she said.

“My passion is performing to live music, educating my students on the roots of Samba and how to find their own unique way of expressing dance.”

To register, visit council’s website.