Dancing at the Source


Dancing at the Source is Viver Brasil’ s signature 15-day cultural immersion to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and has for 18 years provided dance and music enthusiasts with curated cultural tours, along with daily Afro-Brazilian culture classes taught by experienced faculty, who are among Bahia’s most influential dancers, musicians, visual artists, researchers, and culture makers. Dancing at the Source  faculty includes Jose Ricardo Sousa, Gilmar Sampaio, Vania Oliveira, Amelia Conrado, Dona Cici, Tatiana Campelo, Vivian Caroline of Dida, and Afro-Brazilian storyteller, Dona Cici; with lively talks by contemporary writer Mel Adun; and acclaimed artist/designer, J. Cunha.

Each day, Dancing at the Source offers opportunities to experience life in Bahia on an eclectic range of activities led by Paula Santos, VB’s tour guide and educator, who provides insight and context to all activities. Activities include visits to sacred Candomblé ceremonies; to the São Lázaro Festival; to the world-renowned Boa Morte Festival in Cachoeira; to a United Nations cultural heritage site in the Reconcavo (interior), where Samba was created; to Boipeba Island, located on the Dendê Coast; and to Boitaraca, a community founded by African people escaping enslavement.

Also on the schedule: performances by the Bale Folclorico da Bahia and Dida Women’s Percussion Ensemble, not to mention shopping, dining, swimming, and sunbathing.

Package Price: Includes R/T travel to Brazil from U.S cities, based on double occupancy accommodations at the Marazul Hotel, all classes and related activities, translators, guides, ground transportation and a hearty breakfast at the hotel. 
*  A tourist visa is required to travel to Brazil. Visa costs NOT included in package price.


Viver Brasil’s Artistic Director Linda Yudin, co-leads this cultural immersion program with tour guide/educator extraordinaire, Paula Santos, and Luiz Badaró, VB co- artistic director and native Bahian son, dancer, choreographer and musician. Linda is a Los Angeles-based dance ethnologist with three decades of experience studying, researching and working in Bahia. She has developed a deep professional and personal involvement with its arts and spiritual community and is committed to providing participants with a unique opportunity to experience Afro- Brazilian culture outside of the usual tourist context.  Paula Santos’ blends educational and cultural tourism with her deep knowledge of Afro-Brazilian history, politics, literature, and the visual and performing arts.  Luiz Badaró loves his home of Salvador, Bahia and shares his culture with verve, affirming its complex reality and the joy of family, friends and memory.