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New Year’s Hats and Samba at the Burke!

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Thurs., Dec. 29, 2011 – Fri., Dec. 30, 2011
10 am –  2 pm

There’s fun for the whole family over the holidays at the Burke Museum. On December 29, join chanteuse Dina Blade and step into the world of Samba! All ages are invited to learn the steps and dance to the rhythms of Brazilian Carnival. On December 30, Eduardo Mendonça and Dora Oliveira of Show Brazil  will play live music and teach the moves. 

As an extra bonus, renowned print artist Carl Smool will lead you through the process of making your very own, screen-printed, Carnival hat. Based on the tall pointed headgear of Carnival Venice, these hats are a hit for any festive occasion. Learn the basics of screen printing, and make your own custom holiday accessory. 

Hat-making from 10 am – 2 pm
Family friendly Samba from 10 – 10:45 am and 1 – 1:45 pm

About the Artists

Eduardo Mendonca, musician and recording artist: A native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Eduardo has lived for the past ten years in the Seattle area. His group, Show Brazil!, has played throughout Western Washington at events such as the Folklife Festival, Bumbershoot, and Seattle Children's International Festival.

Dora Oliviera has taught Afro-Brazilian dance for over 25 years. Her career as a professional dancer began in 1976 when she joined renowned Brazilian folkloric dance troupe, Exaltao Bahia. Dora’s repertoire ranges from Afro-Brazilian dance forms through jazz, ballet, and modern dance.

Carl Smool is a Pacific Northwest native and artist originally based in Seattle and now working in the Skagit Valley. His 30 years as a professional artist includes drawings, paintings, prints, public art, and t-shirts. He created the public art project for the plaza at the Beacon Hill light rail station in Seattle.

Dina Blade has received grants, residencies and commissions as both a singer and dancer. Her residencies include vocal workshops and master classes for singers and musicians. She has also worked as a studio musician, appeared on film, video, television, and live radio.

Photo courtesy of Carl Smool.