creative leadership.

Amy Cadle | Musical and Creative Director

Amy was honored to accept the musical directorship of Super Sonic Samba School in the winter of 2014 and is excited to share her knowledge of Brazilian drumming with the community.  She began playing percussion at eight years old, and continued her education in percussion performance to achieve a BA from Humboldt State University under Dr. Eugene Novotney and a MA From The University of Akron, Ohio under Dr. Larry Snider.  Although thoroughly rooted in Western music, Amy fell in love with the music of Brazil at age 18 and followed her passion to study the technique and rhythms of the baterias of Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, as well as the traditions of Maracatu, Pagode, Forro, and Candomble.  Her teachers have included Mestres Ailton Nunes, Dudu Fuentes, Marcos Santos, Mark Lamson, Michael Spiro, Marivaldo of Ile Aiye, Guiereme Concalves, and Zorival of Olodum. 

 

In 2019 Amy realized her dream of parading and playing in Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro with the samba schools Beija Flor and Portela.  Amy approaches the teaching of Brazilian music from a place of respect for the culture and the traditions behind the music.  She uses Western methodology in the teaching of technique and rhythm as well as a traditional folkloric approach, making her classes an excellent learning place for beginning as well as experienced community members .

Renata Secco | Dance and Creative Director

Renata Secco | Dance and Creative Director

Renata Secco is a very gifted dancer, teacher, and holistic Tuina practitioner. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she has been involved in dance, movement and performance since her early teens. Renata immigrated to the U.S. in 2001 and has been working and promoting Brazilian culture and dance every since.

 

For over 10 years she was the lead instructor and choreographer for the Lions of Batucada in Portland, Oregon. Working in conjunction with the Brazilian Embassy in Beijing, Renata had five consecutive residencies showcasing Brazilian dance and culture throughout China. She taught Samba for 8 years at the prestigious California Brazil Camp and was the Taiwan Dream Community and Brazilian Day San Diego Artist Director Coordinator. She has performed at a number of renowned venues throughout the West Coast/East Coast and Abroad - including the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl and Disney Hall.

 

In 2013 she founded SambaBrazil San Diego Dance Company. She teaches weekly classes and is heavily involved in the local Brazilian community. Renata is committed to sharing the rich culture and heritage that has played a significant role in her personal journey while studying and apprenticing with master instructors of folklore and traditional Brazilian dance. She has sponsored numerous dance and music workshops with master Brazilian artists in the USA and abroad, providing a path for the community to learn from the authentic roots of Brazilian Culture.

Bruno Moreira | Puxador

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Bruno Moreira, is a samba singer from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.  He is currently the singer of Grupo Resenha in San Diego as well as the Puxador of Super Sonic Samba School.  He brings years of experience from performing in the Rodas de Samba in Brazil as well as creating events and shows in both the USA and Brazil.  

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