Daniela Fernandes dances the Samba at Expo Latino 2022, Calgary, Canada. © J. Ashley Nixon
Expo Latino returned on Aug 19, 2022, after its imposed three-year pandemic pause to big crowds and fabulous sunshine. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing the event on behalf of the Hispanic Arts Society, and the opportunity to make images of the music, dance and cultures of many Latin American countries and Spain.
Dança da Mãozinha
One of the spectacular shows at Expo Latino featured the Samba Brasil Heritage Dancers performing to the music of Dança da Mãozinha by Tchakabum. If you have done a Zumba class you might have moved through this energetic routine from Brazil that gets you stepping samba faster and faster.
Some of the lyrics of that song (“Little Hand Dance” in English) serve well as an extended caption for this series of portraits I made of the dancers:
A dança da mãozinha Vai dar uma rodadinha Olhe pr'um lado Olhe pro outro Preparem o terreno Que a dança vai começar
This translates into English as:
The dance of the little hand Go for a spin Look to one side Look at the other Prepare the ground That the dance will begin
Obrigado Hispanic Arts Society, Expo Latino e Samba Brasil Heritage Dancers. Dança, Dança!
You can view here more of my photographs from Expo Latino 2022.