This is the newest dance company in Nottingham by the Brazilian Cultural Centre created to focus on the folkloric dances of Brazil.
Maria Bonita was the nickname of Maria Déia, a member of a Cangaço band, marauders and outlaws active in the Brazilian Northeast in the 1920s and 1930s. Maria Bonita means "Beautiful Maria". She has the status of a 'folk heroine' in Brazil.
Why the name Maria Bonita for our company?
Maria Bonita is nationally acclaimed in Brazil as one of the strongest women in the history of the country, and our dance company aims to focus on women's power, giving all our members the strength, confidence, and ability to achieve their wildest dreams through dance.
We promise to our members to give them space and opportunity to grow, explore, feel more confident, raise their self-esteem, find purpose within the performing arts and have a lot of fun in the process.
It means you will be focused and committed to having fun and your personal growth. We promise to give our best technique and information to develop your skills and empower and allow you to tap into your unknown capabilities as a dancer and performer.
These are regional styles of dances that we aim to contextualise and give depth to the dancer learning them, including but not exclusive: maracatu, xaxado, frevo, ciranda, bumba-meu-boi, samba de roda, baiao, quadrilha, carimbo, and coco.
In addition, we will also work with Afro-Brazilian dances and Samba.