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.