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Brazil's only professional dance company comprises dancers, musicians, and singers who perform a repertory based on a "Bahian" folkloric dances of African origin and includes slave dances, capoeira (a form of martial arts), samba, and those that celebrate Carnival.
Based in Salvador in the nothern state of Bahia, the Brazilian company made its debut in July 1988 at the Joinville Dance Festival where an audience of 20,000 enthusiastically greeted its performance entitled Bahia de Todas as Cores (All Colors of Bahia). The troupe’s immediate success brought invitations to perform at other festivals around the country.
At the Bahia International Dance Festival later that year, Balé Folclórico da Bahia was awarded Best Performance of the Year by the Ministry of Culture through the National Institute of Dance. In a subsequent tour of the principal capitals of Brazil, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the troupe was acclaimed as one of the country’s most important dance companies.
The company made its European debut in 1992 and its U.S. debut in 1995 to sold-out performances.