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2018 Batizado and Troca de Cordoes Information

Join us for a weekend of workshops and jogos as we celebrate the achievements of our students! Mestre Jordan will be joining us from California and will be teaching all workshops! 

Continue to check back for updates and additional information. 

Tentative Schedule

All events will take place at Sol Studio, 4106 Montana

Friday, January 12

7:00-8:30 pm: Adult Workshop

Dinner: To Be Determined (pay on your own)

Saturday, January 13

9:30-10:00am: Kids Workshop Registration

10:00-11:00 am: Kids Workshop. This is aimed at kids 7 years and older who regularly attend our Kids class.

11:15 am-1:15 pm: Batizado and Troca de Cordoes Ceremony

1:15-2:30 pm: Lunch Break. Megalicious Meals and German Pub Food Trucks will be on location.Pay on your own. 

2:30-2:45 pm: Adult Workshop Registration

2:45-4:45 pm: Adult Workshop

6:00 pm: Potluck BBQ at the Blowe house. Address to be provided. 

Sunday, January 14

10:00 -11:30 am: Adult Workshop

Lunch: To Be Determined (pay on your own)

Cost and Registration

Adults (UCA Students): $45 flat fee. This is the price regardless how many workshops you take. This fee applies to all local and non-local UCA students, regardless of cord level.

Adults (Non-UCA Students): $25 per workshop or $60 for all three workshops.

Kinder: $10 per child.

Kids: $30 for one child or $20 per child if there are two or more children in the same family. 

Fees can be paid in cash or online. Click here to pay online:

The batizado ceremony is free and open to the public, however if you would like to participate in the batizado without taking workshops, there is a $10 fee. This applies to adults and children.  

Full white uniforms must be worn to all workshops and batizado. If you do not have a uniform, please talk to Vagalume as soon as possible. 

Special Guest: Mestre Jordan

A native of Richmond, California, Simmons is a graduate of Reed College in American Studies/Jazz with postgraduate work in Ethnomusicology/Jazz Composition at Indiana University. He has taught classical African music, Brazilian dance and percussion, European classical and jazz piano, composition, and theory, in addition to writing, producing and directing a number of original works for both theatre and film. He has performed with Olodum (Bahia, Brazil), 1981, 1984, 1985; Corpo Santo (Afro-Brazilian Dance Theatre) in SF; the Ladzekpo Brothers West African Music & Dance Ensemble, 1982-present; and the Japanese Music Institute of America in SF, 1980-present.

Currently, Simmons is the Artistic Director and Iron Triangle Theater Co-Director at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts, roles he has had since 1978, full time since 1982. At the Center, as an artist performer, scholar, and faculty member (since 1978), he has worked to guide the center from a program with a few hundred students to a nationally recognized model institution reaching 2000 students each year. For the past eighteen years, in line with his work at the East Bay Center, Simmons has pioneered the development of a comparative study framework based on a number of authentic performing arts training systems and a growing body of knowledge about human perceptual systems.