B. Arts is a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that supports, connects and promotes the work of community dance artists and companies in Canada whose work reflects the Brazilian culture.
We believe artists should be spending maximal time creating to enlarge the potential of their work, and to allow them to do so, we are dedicated to serve the interests of dance artists and companies from all parts of Toronto and the GTA. B. Arts focuses on supporting: professionals and companies working with Brazilian dance styles or techniques and Brazilian-Canadians based in Canada working with diverse types of dance.
With the innovative and visionary project of spreading Brazilian culture to other cultures, B. Arts (formerly Brazil Dance World) was born in Toronto, Canada, in 2005. Until 2014, it offered Brazilian dance classes, workshops and performances all over Canada, and organized unique events such as the “Brazilian Beat: Canada Dance Congress” for three consecutive years (2011-2013). The Brazilian Beat Congress was the first non-profit event in Canada that aimed to promote Brazilian dance, and unify and showcase the work of Brazilian dance professionals from Toronto and other parts of the country.
Recently, after years of academic research in the artistic field, B. Arts’ founding owner and mastermind of “Brazilian Beat Congress”, Goreti Cardoso, started to work on amplifying the benefits the company has promoted to its community. Now the organization has a new mission, vision and activities to strengthen the Brazilian dance community in Toronto.
GORETI CARDOSO – Founder / Director
Originally from Brazil, Goreti Cardoso started her passion for arts and culture and community development at a young age. At 15, she decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Tourism as a way to explore the different cultural heritages around the world and understand how the act of tourism could support and spur community economic development. Three years later, at the same time that she had her first work experience learning basic principles of community capacity building and empowerment, she started dancing professionally. After fours years as a Brazilian Ballroom dance instructor, in 2006, Goreti started teaching in Toronto as well as performing, choreographing and directing her first dance company, Brazil Dance World.
In 2011, Goreti founded and directed the first Brazilian dance congress in Toronto, the “Brazilian Beat: Canada Dance Congress”. This four-day event ran for 3 consecutive years and brought top dancers and instructors from Brazil as well as united, promoted and fortified the Brazilian dance communities, both locally and nationally. Her passion, enthusiasm and vision have earned her the praise of the dance communities around Canada and her students.
Combining her passion for the arts and community development, in 2016, after two years of study, Goreti’s academic graduate research project (Attracting Creative Talent to Toronto: The Experiences of Immigrant Artists) allowed her to learn the challenges and barriers faced by immigrant artists in Toronto. As a consequence, her passion and determination to support the multicultural community of dancers in Toronto grew even more, determining new goals for B. Arts.
TATIANA RAMOS – Administrative / Research / Co-founder
Tatiana Ramos is originally from Brazil and has had a long career in dance. She studied in Brazil with Tony Seitz Petzhold and danced with Ballet Phoenix for many years. In Canada, upon graduation with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she traveled to Germany to perform with The Desperate Figure Dance Theatre. Back in Canada, she has worked for The Newton Moraes Dance Theatre, Kahawi Dance Theatre, Earth in Motion World Indigenous Dance, among other companies. Tatiana has participated in numerous festivals around the world and received a variety of awards. Along with her career as a performer, she has also taught children/teens for many years, sharing her passion for dance with them in different schools and community centres.
Tatiana’s love for helping her community started from a young age, when she decided to take a bachelor’s degree in Library Service. She also took the initiative to create a Facebook group to help and share information with other Brazilian moms.
She has worked with not-for-profit organizations as a manager and director, where she organized events, coordinated outreach programs and assisted in activities for various fundraising campaigns. Tatiana also was the administrator of the “Brazilian Beat: Canada Dance Congress,” Brazil Dance World’s major event, in its three consecutive years. She is also a former board member for CADA (Canadian Alliance for Dance Artists).
BEATRIZ CURADO – Event Management
Born in Brazil, Beatriz’s relationship with arts and culture started at an early age. She studied classical ballet during her childhood and joined an amateur theatre group as a teenager, leading her to a Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts at UNICAMP. She worked and volunteered with children and teenagers, as a theatre teacher, from 2004 to 2008. After finishing her Masters degree, focused on Brazilian the author and playwright Nelson Rodrigues, she directed “Myrna”, a play based on Nelson’s writings.
Throughout her life she has nourished her passion for dance, including joining Marcia Dib’s middle eastern folk dance group Mabruk!, from 2005 to 2011. Her interest in ballroom dance started on the dance floor, going to Forro and Rockabilly (Swing) dance parties.
Beatriz started her career in the corporate environment as a Research and Communications Analyst and had the opportunity to work with Trade Promotion for the Brazilian Textile and Apparel Industry, before moving to Canada in 2011. She has continued her career in Event Planning in Canada, strengthening her abilities in planning, implementation and onsite execution of large events. Currently working at MCI Group, Beatriz has a strong aptitude for problem solving, and is capable of managing complex programs while maintaining attention to detail.
BIANCA BOLD – Communication / Outreach
Bianca is a dance enthusiast, first-time mom and seasoned businesswoman. She has an M.A. in Translation Studies and a knack for languages and communication. She runs her Toronto-based language consulting company, Bold Language Services, and is a partner at a Brazilian company in the same sector, Scriba Traduções e Assessoria Linguística. Despite her busy schedule with consulting projects, business admin tasks, lots of dancing and time dedicated to the cutest (and busiest) toddler on the block, she has also volunteered for other non-profits for many years. With that, she has gained experience in social media, blogging, newsletter design/writing, outreach efforts, among other areas. Bianca has been volunteering with B. Arts since 2016 and is happy to put her skills to use to help make a difference in the Brazilian dance community in Canada. She has always been a go-getter and, in 2015, helped cheer up the local Brazilian ballroom dance scene with the Samba de Gafieira and Forró practice group called Toronto a Dois. This initiative later evolved to become the dance school Baila Toronto. Besides lending a hand at the school’s online marketing and event planning, she’s growing professionally into the artistic scene as a Forró instructor and teacher assistant.