Teacher Bio


Vika Stansky-Hernandez has been dancing since the age of 7 in various dance styles including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance. Since 2006, she has been training Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian dance under the direction of world renowned dancer, choreographer, and capoeira Master Mariano Silva. She is part of Brazilian Cultural Arts Center of Santa Barbara as well as Bahia Magia Dance Company. She holds a Masters of Arts in Global & International Studies where her research explored cultural resistance movements of the African Diaspora in Bahia, Brazil. She lived in Salvador, Bahia during her research where she continued her training in Afro-Brazilian dance at Fundação Cultural do Estado da Bahia (FUNCEB) and capoeira training with Mestre Angola in Bonfim. She still continues to visit Bahia regularly, and speaks fluent Portuguese. She has performed professionally throughout Southern California, Miami, and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Now living in San Diego, she is sharing the beautiful culture that has been passed down to her with the continued guidance and blessing of her mentor Master Mariano Silva.

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