“A Stunning Mix of Modern Dance and Martial Arts.”
— goldstar.com

“DanceBrazil Wows Audiences With Afro-Brazilian, Contemporary Dance, and Capoeira.”
— broadwayworld.com


In September 2008, Jelon Vieira was awarded one of 11 National Heritage Fellowships, the country’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. As founder and artistic director of The Capoeira Foundation and DanceBrazil, he, and the late Loremil Machado, were the first artists to bring traditional Afro-Brazilian dance and Capoeira to the United States over 30 years ago. 

He has devoted his life to sharing Afro-Brazilian culture with American audiences since 1977 when, together with Machado, he formed The Capoeiras of Bahia. That same year the late Alvin Ailey suggested he change the name of the company to DanceBrazil. It now makes over thirty years that Vieira has guided the company through breathtaking performances of Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian dance before audiences in Europe Asia, and Brazil, as well as the United States.


Currently Touring

There are no upcoming events.

Search our Roster

Please donate generously to our fundraiser, created in partnership with the Red Cross to support the Ukraine Crisis Relief Efforts.

Check out our pay-per-view and fundraiser shows streaming via social platforms, featuring interviews of Ukrainian Artists and some of their previously recorded performances.


By signing in, you agree to our terms and conditions and our privacy policy.

New membership are not allowed.