Friday, May 06, 2016
A Portland, Oregon based Brazilian arts school offering classes, events and more!


Bahia Brazil Art Center (BBAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing Brazilian culture with Portland, Oregon through movement, music and arts. Funds generated through Celebrate Brazil will launch BBAC’s 2016 outreach campaign.

The campaign's goals are aimed at presenting a wider variety of cultural events and experiences to Portland audiences.

Bahia Brazil Art Center

In addition to the current classes and events we want to create a richer community by promoting intercultural exchanges through panel discussions, film presentations, book clubs, Portuguese classes for children and adults, poetry readings, family get-togethers, game nights, and performances in public schools and other venues in the Portland metro area. 


Mestre Almiro, the founder of Bahia Brazil Art Center, is a Capoeira Master and former teacher at Academia do Mestre Bimba in Salvador, Bahia, the first official Capoeira Regional school in Brazil. 


In 1986 Mestre Almiro was brought to Portland by Cathy Evelshin, to teach Capoeira at Portland State University. Since then he has been living in Portland, working to promote understanding and appreciation for Brazilian culture in the US.



   Please read below for details about upcoming events and don't forget to check out our Facebook page!




Sunday, March 20th - April 24th!

Samba Sundays!

3:30 PM

Samba de Gafieira with Nathalia Carbajal
Saturday April 9th!
5pm - 7pm

We are thrilled to announce that Nathalia Carbajal, a Portland based Brazilian instructor from Sao Paulo, will teach a Samba de Gafieira at BBAC every 2nd Saturday of each month. This 2 hour-Workshop will focus on Samba history, footwork and Samba partner dancing, also known as Samba de Gafieira. You will learn the basic steps and its fundamentals.

Considered one of the most popular Brazilian cultural expressions, samba has become an icon of Brazilian national identity. While Samba no Pe’ and Samba de Passo Marcado are featured in Carnaval parades, Samba de Gafieira is a ballroom style, made famous by Carlinhos de Jesus, amazing dancer, teacher, choreographer and owner of Lapa 40 Graus, in Rio de Janeiro. Come have fun with us and get immersed in Brazilian culture with Nathalia Carbajal.



$20 Pre-registered/$25 at door.
To pre-register email





Proceeds go directly to support BBAC and its primary mission as a non-profit organization to "share Brazilian culture with Portland, Oregon through movement, arts, and music." This event aims to raise enough funds to keep the organization strong for next year's 30th Anniversary. Our goal is to hire a group of resident artists to perform in schools throughout the greater Portland and Southwest Washington areas. This holiday fundraiser will serve the wider community by exposing them to new works by the local artists who help us thrive amidst financial difficulty.

Kris Oliveira, a community leader and longtime BBAC supporter, says:
"The Bahia Brazil Art Center is the first and only organization in the Portland area to invest in a long term effort to provide our city with a Brazilian cultural center.  At BBAC Brazilians and lovers of Brazilian culture can unite, share, and celebrate the creativity that connects us all. Its commitment to a physical space to continue this effort deserves our ongoing support, and I ask you to join me in making a meaningful donation. It's not just about Capoeira with BBAC, it's about Community."



 Please come join us! We need everyone's support! 


Bahia Brazil Art Center