Jelon Vieira


Mestre Jelon Vieira has devoted his life to sharing Afro-Brazilian culture with audiences around the world. As founder, choreographer and Artistic! Director of DanceBrazil, he has guided the company through critically-acclaimed performances across the United States and abroad for more than a quarter century. A world renowned master and teacher of Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian dance, he started training Capoeira Angola at the age of ten with Mestre Emerito and later trained with Mestre Bobô. He studied Capoeira Regional with Mestre Eziquiel and had the honor of taking classes at Mestre Bimba's academy. Mr. Vieira started his Afro-Brazilian dance training when he was sixteen with Viva Bahia Dance Company. He studied modern dance and ballet with Clyde Morgan and Carlos de Moraes in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. In New York, during the 70s and 80's, he studied dance with Thelma Hills, Pepsi Bethel, Fred Benjamin, Denise Jefferson, Magi Black, Charles Moore, Anne Marie Forsyth, Pear Lang, Charles Kelly, Don Farnsworth and James Truitte. Mr. Vieira was a guest professor at Timothy Dwight College in Yale University for twelve yea! rs with Dr. Robert Ferris Thompson. He has also been guest professor a t many other universities and colleges including the University of Pennsylvania, Denison University, Oberlin College, Columbia University, NYU, Stanford University, Duke University, University of Nebraska, and University of Miami among others. In 2000, he was an Eminent Scholar at University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL. Mestre Jelon is a National Treasure, he received the Lifetime Honors National Heritage Fellowship from National Endowment for Art in 2008 at the White House in Washington, D.C.