Britta is enraptured with all things dance related in the styles of folk traditions. For the past 7 years, she has studied Middle Eastern, West African, Latin, and some of the African diaspora dances of the Caribbean and Brazil. She has also dabbled in Polynesian dance, Classical Indian dance and Bollywood. While studying West African and women’s traditional dance or “belly dance” in particular, she became obsessed with the sacred wisdom of ritual movement and the amazing healing it brings. She has also been a student of Yoga for several years and in 2010 entered the Yoga Teacher training practice at Borrowed Earth Emporium. Calling upon similarities in these various traditions, and her studies in Afro-fusion dance practices, healing arts, and performance,she helped co-develop Women’s Vitality Dance with one of her teachers, Tamara Anderson.
Britta is indebted and in deep gratitude to her teachers and mentors, but most especially to Deja Mitchell:
Lorin Hansen, the creator and artistic director of Samba Fogo in Salt Lake City, Utah:
|Samba Fogo is a cultural arts organization providing year-round programming locally and nationally. Through our various programs, Samba Fogo brings Afro-Brazilian dance and music to life on the stage and in the classroom. Our programs include the following:
Samba Fogo Music and Dance Company:
A professional company of 17 performers, presenting high-quality work in the proscenium setting. Drawing on rich Afro-Brazilian traditions and mythology, Samba Fogo Music and Dance Company fuses live Afro-Brazilian music and dance with contemporary dance, martial arts, and fire dance, creating an exciting and culturally rich choreographic style. Lorin is a long-time student of the amazing Brazilian dancer from Salvador, Bahia, Rosangela Silvestre.
And Tamara Anderson
Britta was a member of the Samba Fogo family in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Footage from “An Evening of African Dance,” with Britta’s beloved teacher, Deja Mitchell:
Performing West African dance with Deja Mitchell:
And here, Deja and Ibou bust out!
An oldie, but goodie…
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…