Hello Chicago it is Carnival season and I will be leading different dance workshops in different locations. I hope to see your happy faces supporting the one that is more convenient for you. I can guarantee you that it will be a marathon of fun and culture along with our Sambastic Chicago official Brazilian Carnival happening in Feb 6th at the Logan Square Auditorium.


My dear Friends, I am donating my time and skills for this cause, along with my dear friend and assistant Ariel Samuels Barbick.

Description: by Ariel

I am hosting a Brazilian/Cardio Dance workshop Sunday, January 31st from 3:30-5 pm at the Evanston Levy Center, 300 Dodge. The workshop is being led by my close friend and dance extraordinaire, Edilson Lima. The cost of the workshop is $20 and all proceeds are going to the JRC Early Childhood Center as part of their annual fundraiser. Both of my boys went to pre-school and summer camp there so supporting the JRC is supporting a cause near and dear to my heart.

If you are interested and think you can make it, please email me and I will reserve a spot for you. Space is limited so sign-up soon. To sign up :

*Free and easy parking in the lot adjacent the west side of the building at the main entrance


At the Old Town School on Lincoln , Chicago Please contact the school to reserve your spot . Description: Brazilian Carnival Dance Workshop with Edilson Lima This Brazilian samba workshop with guest teaching artist Edilson Lima will focus of the diversity of Brazil’s rich samba styles. We will work hard on the fancy and fierce footwork of Samba No Pe, Samba de Roda, Pagode, and Batucada and channel the grace, elegance and charm of carnival dancers. This workshop is high energy and fun. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. Professional dancer, Edilson Lima was born and raised in Brazil. He has been dancing since the age of 12 and has dedicated his life to teaching and performing. Edilson's dance background stems from ballet, jazz and modern dance. He is recognized for teaching Samba, Pagode, Lambada, Forró, and Batucada and also as a dance fitness instructor.


Chicago International Salsa Congress 2016. Description: At the Westin O'Hare hotel. I do this one every year and it's a blast with people from all over the World and tons of classes and performances. More info and schedule please click on the Congress link below.


Minneapolis/ St Paul Description : This one will be my first dance workshop in Minneapolis, after the workshop we have 2 huge carnival parties one afternoon for families and kids , and the evening show for the adults . At the international Market Place. I hope to see everyone there.Here's the workshop link: