My Sacramento – Saara Burga
Born and raised in the Amazon, Saara Burga breathes Brazilian culture. Her nonprofit center raises money by offering classes in samba, bossa nova and belly dancing, drumming, Portuguese, and capoeira sport (Afro-Brazilian martial art and dance form). Her focus is to build community and help underprivileged kids find purpose through Brazilian arts.
"I fell in love with Sacramento; it was so easy to live here. The weather, trees, rivers and creeks reminded me of the Amazon. I wanted to create a home away from home, one way was through dance, but not just Brazilian – something for everyone. I strongly believe if we learn more about cultures, we will respect each other so much more. Sacramento has a little bit of everything. Through dance you step out of your shell. When I saw there was opportunity to do something more, I envisioned the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange. The studio is open every day. Daily classes include Afro-Brazilian drums, samba, bossa nova and belly dancing. Every Thursday night we have a rehearsal and party; a mistrua (Portugese for mixture) Brazil and we encourage everyone to dance."
Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange
2400 N Street, Suite 180
Sacramento; (916) 387-7344
Originally published in Sacramento Visitors Guide Fall 2017