The only Brazilian entertainment company in Australia to feature artists who regularly perform and train at an elite level in Rio Carnaval, who also teach and train at the world’s most reputable international Brazilian Dance school, Escola de Samba Sydney boasting over 140K + Instagram followers (check it out here).
Our artists are experts in Brazilian dance and Brazilian music including Samba no pé, Bateria Brazilian drumming, Brazilian Funk, Acrobatics, Capoeira, Afro Brazilian, Breakdance, Samba Pagode, Samba Enredo, Axe, Pagodâo and commercial music and dance.
Mestre de Bateria | Musican
Felipe Faria is a professional Brazilian musician specialising in Samba and carnaval bateria (percussion). He is the mestre de Bateria for Rio Projekt and co-director of the band Samba Roots.
Born and raised in the world of Samba, Felipe’s love for Brazilian music began when he was a child and his passion for Samba in particular was strong. From a young age he was influenced and inspired by his father who was a ritmista (percussionist) for the Samba school Nene de Vila Matilde in Sao Paulo, Brazil where Felipe is from.
Felipe’s dedication to Samba led him to study and perform as an official ritmista in the bateria (drum section) of the Escolas de Samba (Samba schools). He has invaluable experience performing and parading in the Bateria with various Samba schools in Sao Paulo Carnaval.
Since moving to Australia in 2012, Felipe has been performing as a professional Brazilian musician in Sydney with various bands and Brazilian show groups where he developed his skills and repertoire even further.
Felipe also launched his own band Samba Roots which has become one of the most authentic and sought after Brazilian bands in the industry.
Felipe’s work with Rio Projekt is a culmination of his extensive experience in Brazilian Samba percussion. He is dedicated to the evolution of the art form and artistic integrity and he is passionate about devloping and showcasing this Rio style Bateria in Australia and internationally.
Sky Bailey is a technically trained dancer, choreographer and instructor with a background in commercial dance. Focusing predominantly on Brazilian dance since 2011, Sky is one of the most recognised Samba dancers in Australia and a leading Samba instructor at the world renowned, Escola de Samba Sydney. A multi-skilled artist with logistical and marketing prowess, Sky plays an invaluable role in Rio Projekt’s digital content creation and marketing.
Sky has paraded in Rio Carnaval as an official Passista of three top Samba schools - Sao Clemente, Imperio Serrano and Alegria Zona Sul. She has spent extensive time in Brazil performing and training with the best of the best. Sky has a wealth of experience in Brazilian entertainment in Australia and has performed at major Brazilian events in Sydney including The Australian Olympic Committee’s Rio 2016 events, South Juniors auditorium, Brazilian Carnaval events, The Sydney Mardi Gras, CarnivArgyle, The Brazilian Festival, Darling Harbour Fiesta, Bondi Latin Festival and FIFA World Cup events.
Sky has been an active figure in the Latin dance scene performing and choreographing in major events and competitions such as the Australian Bachata Championships, where her team achieved 2nd place. Sky has also performed for Juliette Verne (choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance Australia) in her company ‘J Foxx Productions’, performing a Russian Cabaret show around Sydney. She performed at the Australian Dance Festival 2009 in Veronica Beattie’s piece ‘What Is Jazz’ and has performed for many other choreographers such as Travers Ross and Tiana Canterbury.
With professional training at the Australian Dance Performance institute (Brisbane) in musical theatre and Urban Dance Centre (Sydney) in performing arts, Sky’s extensive dance conditioning and experience has provided her with a sound technical base and a diverse stylistic background. Her versatility has allowed her to perform, choreograph and teach across a variety of genres including jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, street Latin, Brazilian and Afro.
Sky’s forte also lies in digital and email marketing, brand and social media consultancy. She runs her own consultancy business, (skybailey.com) and works with various brands and clients to build and promote their profiles across a range of digital platforms.
Chima Olujie is a professional dancer, dance educator, Pilates instructor and model. An accomplished and versatile performing artist, Chima is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and The Ailey School. Known for her long lines, brilliant technique and dynamic performance style, she is a well known face of Brazilian dance in Australia and is proficient in many other genres including classical Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Street Latin and West African.
Chima has spent significant time training in Brazil and paraded as an official Passista in Rio Carnaval with Imperio Serrano. She has a wealth of experience in Brazilian shows in Australia and has performed at several benchmark events and on major media networks such as Channel 7 and Fox Sports. She has performed at prestigious local events for the FIFA World Cup, Rio 2016 Olympics, Brazilian Carnaval, the NRL as well as for a host of corporate clients and brands including Camilla with Love, Kia, Optus, Honda and many more.
Chima has performed in numerous theatre productions, live stage shows and commercial work throughout Australia, Brazil and the USA. Some recent credits include: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Sony Music, Timomatic, Manu Crooks, LAOLU Senbanjo, Aryana Sayeed, Rolling Loud Miami, The Empire Strips Back tour and Keune.
Chima is privileged to work closely alongside Iquail Shaheed Johnson and Alvin Rangel. She plays a significant role in preserving the integrity of the Horton technique in Australia and is currently a resident trainer at NAISDA Dance College.
With extensive training in the modern dance technique known as the Lester Horton technique, Chima is privileged to have had many opportunities to refine her skills in the professional division of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre School. Chima possesses a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) from the Victorian College of the Arts, a Certificate of Independent study from the Ailey School, and is STOTT Pilates and Lagree fitness certified, all of which provide her with a vast knowledge of dance artistry and body mechanics.
Lead Percussion | Musician
Victor Brito was born and raised in the heart of afrocentric Salvador, Bahia. A multi-talented and versatile musician, Victor specialises in a range of percussion instruments playing various genres from Axe, Pagode and Samba to Sertanejo, Pop and Latin. He is also versed in string instruments such as the acoustic guitar and cavaquinho and sings harmonies and melodies with bands.
Growing up near the famous historical city centre, Pelourinho in Salvador and with a family of music lovers, Victor’s natural gift for music was evident from a very young age. At just 17 years old Victor was playing percussion professionally with some of Bahia’s most renowned bands and musicians including Dignow, Super Samba and Rapzolla. He frequently performed at large concerts for audiences of over 50,000 people as well as in Bahia Carnaval atop the famous trio-electricos to crowds of over 1.5 million people.
Since moving to Sydney in 2014, Victor is one of the most sought-after and respected Brazilian percussionists in Australia. He has performed with Brazilian superstars touring Australia including as Banda Jamil and Tatau ex Araketu as well as alongside the leading Brazilian artists in the country such as Banda Terremoto, Telma Calado, Samba Roots and many more.
Victor regularly performs with Rio Projekt and Brazilian bands in Sydney and interstate and plays percussion alongside electronic music DJs.
A well-rounded individual with music as his first love, Victor studied percussion at the Bahia Federal University. He is also a qualified Engineer with a degree from Area 1 University in Salvador.
Michelly Moreira is Brazilian dancer from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Surrounded by music, dance and carnaval culture since birth, Michelly is a natural talent with a passion for representing her culture with integrity and authenticity. An invaluable member of the Rio Projekt ensemble, Michelly embodies the Brazilian diva vibe and exudes the spirit of Brazil and love for what she does in all her performances.
Whilst in Sao Paulo, Michelly used to participate in the ensaios for Vai Vai and Nene da Vila Matilde Samba Schools. Her uncles were ritmistas in the bateria (drumming section) and she was always with her family dancing. She took classes in various Brazilian dance styles including Axé and Fitdance as well as participating in local competitions.
Since moving to Australia in 2012, Michelly has been performing as a professional dancer consistently specialising in Brazilian Samba, Funk Fitdance style. She has performed at a host of significant functions including the official events for the FIFA World Cup 2014 and Rio Olympics 2016 as well as major corporate events, weddings and most of the Brazilian parties and festivals in Sydney.
Prior to Rio Projekt, Michelly ran her own show group called Balaco Brazil performing authentic Brazilian Funk and Fitdance style and she often teaches these styles for Escola de Samba Internacional.
Acrobat | Dancer
Hailing from the north of Brasil in the Amazon region, Marcelo Brucy is a powerhouse professional acrobat, dancer and bboy known for his explosive, jaw dropping performance style.
Marcelo was amongst the cast of elite dancers in the official Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He performed at the highest professional level in Rio Carnaval as a dancer in the “comissâo de frente” for the top (Especial) division of the parade, working with renowned choreographer Debora Colker for many years. Marcelo also performed with the exclusive ensemble of dancers in the Fitdance Brasil premio multishow on the major national network, Globo Television. He has performed with some of Brasil’s most famous pop artists including Annita and Nego do Borel and worked with international brands such as Red Bull.
A professional performing artist since he was 9 years old and commencing his career participating in dance competitions, Marcelo landed his first professional contract with the Compania de Circo (Circus) in Rio de Janeiro. After moving to Rio for this contract at just 16 years old, his talents were immediately recognised and his career took off.
Marcelo initially came to Australia in late 2017 to perform with a circus show and diversify his performance career and teaching work. Since moving to Sydney in mid 2018, Marcelo has become known for his diverse and outstanding talent. He is a popular and passionate performing artist and instructor for both adults and kids, teaching Ballroom partner dances, street dances, Brazilian Funk and acrobatics.
Marcelo has been wowing audiences in The Carnaval Experience (Rio Projekt’s stage show) where is also a choreographer for Funk and Capoeira. He performs at various high profile events in Sydney such as the Ballroom Dinner Dance event, and has been cast in the television commercials and campaigns for brands including the Commonweatlh Bank, Club Lime Gyms and Step One.
Both on stage and on screen Marcelo is a dynamic and versatile artist and a valuable member of the Rio Projekt ensemble.
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Karla is a professional dancer with 18 years of diverse technical training under her belt. In recent years Karla’s passion for Brazilian dance and culture and has seen her focus significantly on Samba and Funk. She is an instructor at Escola de Samba Internacional and teaches and choreographs her fierce Brazilian Funk style for both the school and Rio Projekt performances.
In 2019 Karla spent almost 2 months in Rio training, performing and parading as official Passista (professional Samba dancer) in Rio Carnaval with Unidos de Bangu and Alegria Zona Sul.
Having trained at the nationally renowned, Brent Street Performing Arts, Karla has been exposed to all areas of the Entertainment Industry. She has worked with artists such as Charli XCX, Dannii Minogue and Redfoo, under the direction of numerous choreographers such as The Squared Division, Cameron Mitchell, Matt Lee and Jason Coleman to name a few. She has performed on numerous Film and Television Projects such as X-Factor, NRL Footy Show, AACTA Awards and was a dance extra in the Feature Film ‘Gods of Egypt’.
Internationally, Karla has travelled the globe all thanks to her commitment to dance. Having recently returned home from a 9 month cruise contract onboard the Royal Princess, Karla had the incredible opportunity to work with Broadway’s elites. She was selected to be the original cast member of Princess Cruises new musical ‘The Secret Silk’ produced by the iconic Stephen Schwartz, working very closely alongside Director John Tartagliaand Choreographer Shannon Lewis. She brought her Brazilian training with her and was also selected as a soloist in Liz Imperio’s show onboard, ‘Colours of the World’ as the Brazilian Samba Queen. She has also had contracts across Asia as a Cast Dancer/ Associate Choreographer at Studio City’s ‘House of Magic’ in Macau and a Back Up Dancer for Briden-Starr’s China Tour.
Karla is also a qualified professional make up artist and runs her own business, Karla Maree Artistry - working across all beauty areas such glamour, editorial and bridal. Taking it that one step further, Karla launched her own Beauty and Cosmetics line - ‘KMA Cosmetics’. The brand aims to raise the bar in high quality beauty products and empower people from all walks of life to feel equal and like a queen.
Nandara Nerys Vieira is a child of dance, born and raised in Sao Paulo Brazil of Afro Brazilian and Indigenous heritage. She is a classically trained dancer and mesmerising performing artist with the soul and unmistakeable spark of her culture running through her blood and her performances.
She began dancing at the age of 5 studying Ballet and also Belly dance for 8 years as well as Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical. For 3 consecutive years she trained with the Cuban National Ballet in their intensive Cuban Ballet courses. She performed as a professional dancer in Brazil for over 6 years and also as an actress in theatrical plays.
In addition to professional performances in Brazil, Nandara worked with dance as therapy for healing and mental health. She is the creator of a project called BASS which is a program developed to provide assistance and therapy for mental and physical health through the art of dance for people of all ages.
Nandara is also passionate about sports including swimming and handball. She played handball for the Paulista Federation for 5 years, was champion for 3 years and represented the team as captain. She also worked with children’s swimming for 6 years.
Nandara moved to Australia to realise her dream of working and living as a full time artist. She is a qualified dance instructor, dynamic professional performing artist and an asset to the Rio Projekt ensemble.
Jeska is a passionate and dedicated Samba dancer and instructor with a powerful and captivating performance style. She is an official Passista of Imperio Serrano and performs at a professional level in Rio Carnaval. Jeska was one of only 24 dancers worldwide selected to be part of the prestigious Brasil Samba Congress World Champions 2019 in Rio. She spent months in Brazil training with the top choreographers, competing and performing with elite level Samba dancers from Brazil. Needless to say Jeska is now one of the world’s most watched Passistas.
A Samba instructor at Escola de Samba Internacional, Jeska has a natural talent for nurturing students and managing teams. Jeska’s passion for Samba has seen her travel to Rio de Janeiro multiple times over the past 4 years to parade in Rio Carnival and train with top Brazilian instructors including Patrick Carvalho, Evelyn Bastos, Carlinhos Salgueiro, Kellyn Rosa, Diego Nasciemento, Egili Oliveira and Sheila Aquino.
Jeska has performed at several major events across Sydney, some of which include the Sydney Latin Festival, The International Bachata Festival, The Darling Harbour Latin Fiesta. Jeska was also part of a Samba team that took out 1st place in NSW for the 2015 Australian Latin Championships, and placed 2nd for Nationals. Jeska has appeared on television show Maximus Academy in 2013 for Fox Sports.
Jeska’s professional life also involves working with disadvantaged youth, supporting individuals and providing emergency relief for those in crisis, and working with children and families to keep children safe. Jeska believes in the benefits that dancing brings to people, including providing an avenue for individuals to express themselves.
Jeskahas a strong commitment and passion in giving back to the community. Her volunteering work includes being a Lifeline crisis telephone counsellor, mentoring and supporting refugee children with St. Vincent de Paul, and working in orphanages in Nepal and India to help underprivileged children.
NUBIA QUELE SANTOS.
Nubia Quele Santos is a dancer, choreographer, actress and philanthropist born in Minas Gerias, Brasil and raised in Sydney, Australia. She is one of the most internationally recognised Brazilian dance artists and a sought after instructor officially accredited by Carlinhos Salgueiro (Rio’s King of Samba). Nubia is the co-director of Samba Internacional and assistant choreographer, performing artist and Funk co-director for Rio Projekt.
Nubia’s experience in Brazilian dance and entertainment is extensive and she has been performing in Brazilian shows for some 15 years. She spends significant time in Brazil annually and performs in Rio Carnaval at an elite level. Nubia has been a Musa for Imperio Serrano (2020) and an official Passista for three of Rio’s top Samba schools: Academicos do Salgueiro, Paraiso do Tuitui and Imperio Serrano (2017 – 2020).
Based between Sydney and New York City, Nubia’s multi-faceted body of work is impressive. She is the founder and director of Casa Brazilia, a NYC based Brazilian entertainment company. Casa Brazilia was the officially entertainment for Team USA on their Road to Rio and during the 2016 Olympics. Casa Brazilia worked with Olympic partners and the USA Olympic Committee appearing on the Highest rated morning show ‘The Today Show’ multiple times. Nubia was the assistant choreographer and principal dancer for NBC Universal Rio Olympics launch event held at the prestigious Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Nubia has choreographed in Australia and the USA. She has choreographed for the successful Off Broadway Show ‘Rio The Musical’ and the Off Broadway show ‘Futurology’. Nubia was the choreographer for Indeed’s first TV Commercial, as well as doing choreography for the prestigious Estee Lauder brand ‘Mac Cosmetics’.
Nubia is in demand for her teaching techniques and has travelled around Australia, USA, the Middle East and Europe to promote and teach Brazilian Samba. She is versatile performer with over 15 years experience in traditional and world dance styles. Her accomplishments include being a dancer of the international hit dance show ’Mystic India - The World Tour' and was also Top 40 on So You Think You Can Dance (Australia).
Whether on stage or in front of the camera, Nubia’s vibrant and dynamic personality always shines through. Her acting credits include film and stage productions, such as the Off Broadway plays ‘OY!’ and ‘Black Latina’, and the movies ‘Nowhere to Run’ and ‘Me, Myself I’. She has had roles on the hit TV show ‘Deadly Women’. She has appeared in various commercials in Australia and internationally for a host of brands and big names including Adobe, Kodak, Toyota, Woolworths, Oporto Virgin Blue Airlines Milana Bra, Indeed, Staples, Carmax and Fidelis Care.
Nubia also has a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Technology, Sydney and completed an acting conservatory program in New York.