ÓTIMO DANCE COMPANY
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Ótimo Dance is a Madison, Wisconsin-based group that performs lively Brazillian-inspired, Samba-based choreography with live drummers, handcrafted costumes, a bold feminine aesthetic and body positivity. Founded in 2012 by Sheba McCants and Cody Jussel, Ótimo quickly gained the enthusiastic support of fellow artists and audiences with its captivating performances. Ótimo features live percussion accompaniment, handcrafted costume designs, and a bold, feminine aesthetic. Ótimo Dance is grounded in gratitude for the communities that embrace and value the contributions women have made to the arts.
We Teach Local Classes
Ótimo Dance strives to provide local education and performance programs to all levels of dancers. Since its launch in 2012, Ótimo has served well over 300 individuals through weekly classes, performance workshops, movement workshops, and informal performances.
And Perform Professionally
The Ótimo Dance Performance Team entertains regularly throughout the year at various locations including the annual Carnaval celebration at Majestic Madison in February or March. They have also been featured at pubic and private events at many premier local and regional venues including High Noon Saloon, Overture Center for the Arts, The Edgewater, La Fete de Marquette and Atwood Fest!
Contact us for more info on shows for your next wedding, party or event!
Samba is a lively, rhythmic dance of Brazilian origin. There are a set of dances, rather than a single dance, that define the Samba style. Samba originated in Brazil as a street dance, not in dance studios – therefore, Samba comes in many flavors and each person has their own unique style!
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The Handphibians kick off the new decade with two exciting nights of Brazilian drumming, dance and song! Carnaval 2020 offers two unique and powerful show line-ups that showcase beautiful traditions of Carnaval and the incredible talent of Madison.
★ Saturday, February 22, 2020 ★
Madison Carnaval Kickoff Party
High Noon Saloon
$12 | 18+ | Doors at 8:30 / Show at 9:00
Tickets available: http://bit.ly/37zBU7e
★ Saturday, February 29, 2020 ★
Madison Carnaval Finale feat. Ótimo Dance
$18 | All Ages | Doors at 8:00 / Show at 9:00
Tickets available: http://bit.ly/2OI3jeL
Have fun, get a great workout, and meet new people at Ótimo Dance classes!
Each year Ótimo Dance hosts educational and performance workshops exploring various styles of Brazilian dance such as Samba Reggae, Maracatu, Samba no Pé, Samba Axé and more!
Here's what we've got coming up:
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Cody Jussel co-founded Ótimo Dance in 2012 and was the groups creative director until 2014.
Sheba McCants co-founded Ótimo Dance in 2012. She managed and directed the group until 2017.
Cody Jussel & Sheba McCants, founders Ótimo Dance