Ginga BrasileiraArt Form(s):
"The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing and arithmetic...music, dance, painting and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment."
William Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education
Efraim Silva, director of Ginga Brasileira, was born in Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He started to practice Capoeira at age 13 and became an instructor at 17. He also studied Brazilian folk dance and music, particularly Maculele and Samba. He had his own academy of dance in Brazil until he moved to the United States in 1990. Since that time he has been dazzling audiences with his performances at schools, colleges, theaters, and festivals across the United States.
Silva has been awarded state and federal certification as a professional musician and rhythmist and was awarded a Master of Capoeira certificate by the Sao Paulo Federation of Capoeira in 1994.