Since April, I’ve been rehearsing quadrilha, a kind of northeastern Brazilian square dance with French roots, twice a week with students at the Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Ceará. The teacher (and my dance partner), Simone Castro, is a professor of folklore and has been preparing her students to dance at this year’s São João (St. John’s Day) party.
Here we are (I’m in the front on the right at the beginning). Unlike their parents’ generation, a lot of these students didn’t grow up with this tradition and learned it for the first time this year as tourism and sports-and-leisure majors. (In case you can’t tell, it’s my first time, too . . .) Viva São João!
And here are some of my most recent São João photos: