Linda Yudin, founding Artistic Director, earned her MA in Dance (Ethnology) from UCLA in 1988, has devoted more than two decades to researching, performing and teaching Afro-Brazilian dance, embodied in Viver Brasil's innovative stage presentations. Along with Viver Brasil’s co-founder Luiz Badaró, Yudin received the prestigious “Excellence in Teaching” award from the board of directors of Dance Resource Center of Greater L.A./Lester Horton Dance Awards 2009. Ms. Yudin was an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica College from 1999 to 2014. Linda's complete bio please click here.
Luiz Badaró, founding Artistic Director, critically acclaimed master dancer, choreographer, percussionist, and educator, was born in Salvador, Bahia, and has been choreographing and performing for over thirty years in Brazil, Europe, Africa, Japan and the United States. His influence is indispensable to Viver Brasil’s cultural integrity, technical and artistic vitality, and dancer training. Badaró’s exalted choreography is inspired by both the traditional and contemporary worlds of Afro-Brazilian culture. The Los Angeles Timescalled his choreography “intoxicating... irrepressible... Brazilian to the core.” Badaró studied Afro-Brazilian dance with Raimundo Bispo dos Santos (aka Mestre King), and Mercedes Batista; modern dance with Clyde Morgan; folkloric traditions with Emilia Biancardi; and capoeira with Mestre Bimba and Mestre Bandu. In 2009, he won a Lester Horton Dance Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Music for Dance" for Viver Brasil’s 2008 So Moved/In Motion. Along with co-founder Linda Yudin, Badaró received the prestigious “Excellence in Teaching” award from the board of directors of Dance Resource Center of Greater L.A./Lester Horton Dance Awards 2009.
Suzy has more than ten years of experience in marketing and communications, both in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She is currently Project Manager, Marketing and Business Development for Kennedy Wilson, an international real estate investment and services firm. As part of the Kennedy Wilson Brokerage Group, she is responsible for the direction, design, and production of all print and online marketing collateral. Suzy's complete bio can be found here.
Bobi is an educator, dancer, anthropologist, community activist and believer that dance transforms lives. She received her B.A. in Archaeology and Dance from California State University, Dominguez Hills and an Education Specialist Credential from California State University, Northridge. Her dance career began as an original dance member of Leimert Park's Dance Wonderland and was trained in classical ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance under the direction of Carolyn Skyers and Karen McDonald. Babi's complete bio can be read here.
LINDA YUDIN, founding artistic director of Viver Brasil, earned her MA in Dance (Ethnology) from UCLA in 1988, has devoted three decades to researching, performing and teaching Afro-Brazilian dance. Co-Artistic director of Viver Brasil, a twenty-year old Afro-Brazilian dance theater company she founded with Luiz Badaró, Yudin has lectured, taught, published, and performed Brazilian dance at colleges, universities, elementary, middle and high schools, academic conferences, and communities throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. She is a recipient of a 2012 Cultural Exchange International (CEI) fellowship from the city of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Sacatar Foundation, a four time Flourish Foundation and a four-time Durfee Foundation recipient.
Saundra Lang considers herself a Citizen of the World! A licensed clinical social worker, who retired from the LA County Department of Mental Health, Saundra's travels have taken her to Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, China, and South America, including Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Her love of the arts inspired her to create an in-home gallery/boutique that features and sells work ranging from masks, bracelets and jewelry to stone sculptures and utilitarian objects used in day-to-day life. Her community service has included a four-year tenure during the 1980s with the pioneering Brockman Gallery in LA's Leimert Park Village, the city's epicenter of African American culture. Please find Saundra's complete bio here.