Luiz Badaró

Luiz Badaró, founding Artistic Director of Viver Brasil, 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 Times called 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.

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