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Brazil represented at Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival

Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival has been a Des Moines tradition since 2002, but the event hasn’t had a a Brazilian presence for a few years.

This time, things will be different. Patricia O’Connell, a Minas Gerais native and Zumba instructor, rounded up enough volunteers to set up a Brazilian booth this weekend, which conveniently includes Brazilian Independence Day, Sept. 7. Asides from presenting a couple of Zumba lessons, O’Connell and her newly formed group Brazilian Moves will teach Iowans some new steps — not only samba but regional rhythms such as maracatú, frevo and baião. The booth will also offer crafts and informational pamphlets on Brazil.

Not enough, you say? Fear not, because the local Cordão de Ouro Capoeira chapter is teaming up with Grupo Axé Capoeira — Kansas City to put up an adjoining Capoeira booth and hold two onstage presentations.

Address: Downtown Des Moines Bridges, Des Moines, IA 50309

Saturday, Sept. 7

9:30 a.m. – Booth opens

10 a.m. – Zumba Fitness

11:30 a.m. – Brazilian dance presentation

1:00 p.m. – Zumba Fitness

1:45 p.m. – Capoeira presentation

5 p.m. – Brazilian dance presentation

10:00 p.m. – Booth closes

Sunday, Sept. 8

9:30 a.m. – Booth opens

4:20 p.m. – Capoeira presentation

7:00 p.m. – Booth closes

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Sergio Barreto

Brazilian-American editor, web developer and (occasional) event promoter. As founder and content director for this site, I keep an eye on what's wrong with Brazil, but what really makes my heart beat faster is sharing the exciting things happening in Brazilian tech, music, film, and other creative industries.

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