Danielle Lima is a Professional Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From early age Danielle discover a passion for samba when she joined the kids wing at Samba School Beija-Flor de Nilopolis where she parade for many years and developed her own samba no pe style inspired by some of the greatest passistas of Beija-flor. Danielle’s dance education also comes from her studies at the Dance Studio Valeria Brito, at Dance Center of Rio where she studies Ballet, Jazz, modern and National Folklore Dances. In 2000, Danielle leaves Brazil to work with Ringling Bros. and Barnun & Bailey as a dancer, where she toured for 3 years. Later in 2005, located in New York City Danielle began teaching Samba in Djoniba Drum & Dance Center one of the most traditional dance school specialized in African and Diaspora Dances. In 10 years living and working in New York Danielle Lima teaches and performs with her students Samba regularly in shows and parades. Danielle’s teaching philosophy explores Samba as more than a rhythm and a dance. Her method presents Samba as a tradition, as Art and Culture that brings people together as a powerful and united community.