Rosaria’s wonderful dance immerses you in a fusion of colours, sounds and dance styles. She coined the term “Celebratory Carnival Dance" in 2005 to define her dance practice which focuses around individual and collective experiences of different dance styles and cultural expression. She mainly works with movement developed from classic Samba, Afro-Brazilian, African and Flamenco styles, contemporary dance, Egyptian (rak-sharki) and urban dance
Rosaria Gracia, PhD, has been dancing, teaching and choreographing static and parade dance works since 2000. She has extensively performed in the UK and in International Festivals in Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Brazil and Cuba.
Some of her credits are: Queen of Bateria of the London School of Samba (2001) of which she is still a guest teacher; choreographer of the Comissao de Frente of Paraiso School of Samba (2008 - 05); choreographer of the finale site and performer of Burning of the Clocks (Same Sky) (since 2008); choreographer of the Kemptown Carnival parade (since 2011); choreographer and performer at the upcoming touring show SkyDome: the Image machine (created and produced by Same Sky and funded by the Arts Council), choreographer of the Turtle section in collaboration with synchronised swimming team, the Brighton Dolphins, for The Swimmer (Same Sky production for the Childrens Festival 2012) and Choreographer and Finale Director of Children's Parade. Same Sky ) . She is currently the lead choreographer for Maracatu Cruzeiro do Sul and co-choreographer and performer at Copperdollar.
She is also an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, Northbrook College and City College Brighton and Hove, and has taught at festivals and events such as WOMAD (Spain and UK), Sambeando (Spain) and Big Dance 2010 (South East Dance).
Some clients include:
The Big Chill
British Railways D
Dartington School and Dartington Plus
Emergency Exit Arts (Streets Academy)
World Dance Unite and Lilian Baylis Theatre at Sadler's Wells
and numerous businesses, primary and secondary schools and community groups in the UK and Europe