Linda Yudin, founding Artistic Director of Viver Brasil, 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. 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., Brazil and South Africa. She is recipient of a 2012 Cultural Exchange International (CEI) fellowship from the city of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. 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 is an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica College since 1999 and proudly guest teaches Afro-Brazilian dance at the Pierre Verger Foundation Cultural Center in Salvador, Bahia. She is equally proud to have as her principal Afro-Brazilian dance teachers, Raimundo B. dos Santos, a.k.a. Mestre King, VB co-founder Luiz Badaró, Rosangela Silvestre, Gilmar Sampaio, Joselita Moreira da Cruz Silva, Amelia Conrado, Nancy de Souza e Silva aka Dona Cici and the late Augusto Omolu.
She is the chair of the Los Angeles-Salvador sister city program. Ms. Yudin was also a consultant for WNET public television series, Dancing, in the “New World, New Forms” segment. She was a keynote speaker at the University of Cape Town, South Africa’s first international dance conference. Ms. Yudin appeared in Janet Jackson’s “Escapade” music video. The Los Angeles Times included Yudin among the “movers and shakers” in the Los Angeles dance community.