The NC Brazilian Arts Project team consists of many talented artists from various backgrounds and specialties. Our goal is to continue to educate ourselves and our community in the joy that is Brazilian culture.
Autumn started dancing at age 4. She trained in ballet, tap and Jazz at the Lumberton School of Ballet in Lumberton, NC, and later transitioned to the Karen Jenkins School of Dance in Red Springs, NC.
During college, she also practiced modern and hip-hop dance with the Star Heels Dance Company, and the Blank Canvas Dance Company during graduate school. In 2016, Autumn started training in Latin street-styles like salsa, bachata, and cha cha with Triangle Dancers.
Autumn joined the NCBAP student team at its inception in January 2017, and is now on the professional Samba team. Autumn is also a certified Les Mills BodyFlow® instructor with O2 Fitness in Chapel Hill, NC.
Danielle Houston is an actress, singer, dancer, model, aerialist, and entrepreneur.
As recent graduate of University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she has earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Theatre and has acted in over 90 plays, independent films, and commercials over the span of her career. Her areas of expertise include children’s theatre, classical texts, and avant-garde theatre.
In addition to NC Brazilian Arts Project, she is a member of Rumbao Latin dance CO., and practices various latin and african dance styles such as Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, and Semba. She has experience in more traditional styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance, and has trained with numerous artists from Europe, Africa, and South America.
Furthermore, she is in the process of starting her personal business as a mermaid entertainer, and has performed at various events and birthday parties around the Charlotte area. You may see her performing at the yearly Renaissance Festival as fairy, princess, or mermaid.
She is excited to be starting this new chapter of her life with NC Brazilian Arts project; it is an honor to be able to train with such talented and professional individuals. NC Brazilian Arts Project has allowed her the chance to, not only improve her dance technique and further her knowledge on Afro-Brazilian art forms, but to engage her passion for dance and performance with professionals.
India has always had a passion for dance and cultural appreciation. The daughter of a Guyanese father and American mother, she was raised in a multi-cultural environment, full of music and self-expression.
She carried this love of culture and society to the University of Florida, where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Anthropology, and a minor in Health Disparities in Society.
While she was a student, she was introduced to Samba no pé in her Sophomore year. The connection was instant, and as she began taking lessons, she also learned about the history, traditions, and variations of Samba.
Upon graduating from college in 2014, India served in a variety of career fields, from the United States Air Force to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though she could not find a dance group that danced any variation of Samba post-graduation, she still found time to practice on her own. In December 2016, she met Jenny Geska and revived her passion for Samba by joining the NC BAP Student Team. Under the tutelage of NC BAP’s senior members, India continues to refine her technique to ensure she is showcasing Samba in the most traditional and holistic way possible.
Lorraine Crittendon, originally from Indianapolis, IN, graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2012 with a B.A. in Dance.
She currently teaches middle and high school dance for a local title one charter school, and is an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
As a dance professional, she currently trains with two active Charlotte dance companies in addition to being a teaching artist for Charlotte Ballet.
Lorraine is one of the newest members of the NC Brazilian Arts Project dance company, and has been dancing samba for two years.
Lorraine will receive her NC state certificate for Dance Education this Spring 2019; after which she’ll begin her masters in Dance from UNC Greensboro.
Tia started her dance journey in modern, jazz and tap dancing at a young age. Her love of performing transcended to show choir and acting. In 2009, Tia joined Body Armor, the semi-professional dance team for indoor arena football team DC Armor. When she wasn't on the side line, you were sure to catch Tia dancing in performance classes at Joy of Motion Dance Studio in the Friendship Heights area of DC.
Tia's love for Latin/cultural dancing started in 2015. She started with learning salsa and bachata and shortly thereafter samba became her main passion. The culture, the history and the beat of the drums made Tia feel like she was at home.
Alongside her passion for dance Tia has an interest in serving others as a Life Coach. Currently she is a Strategic Marketing Specialist.
Andrea began dancing at a very young age. She has studied various styles of dance including and not limited to West African dance, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, contemporary, swing, ballroom dance, and of course samba.
While pursuing her bachelors degree in mechanical engineering at the University of South Carolina, she also makes time for her passion of dance as she is a declared dance minor.
Her love for samba and other Latin dance forms has developed later in her dance career. Before joining the NCBAP team she performed with a samba group based out of the Charlotte area for close to three years. While performing with the NCBAP team, she hopes to share the joy that is samba.