Sashya Jay is Australia’s most recognised Brazilian Show director and Performing Artist. She is an internationally acclaimed Choreographer, Passista and Samba Professora. Sashya is the Director of Rio Projekt, Samba Internacional and Escola de Samba Internacional.
Sashya performs at an elite level in Rio carnaval annually and is an official Passista (professional Samba dancer) for three of Rio’s top Samba schools: Tuiuti, Salgueiro and Império Serrano. The only artist in Australia officially endorsed by Carlinhos Salgueiro (Rio’s King of Samba), Sashya teaches
Samba workshops nationally and internationally at premier events such as the Brasil Samba Congress in Rio, the International Samba Congress and Samba Queen Competition in the USA.
Throughout her career Sashya has produced and choreographed an impressive array of stage shows, event entertainment and televised performances. Some of Sashya’s many credits include “Best Choreography” awards at the Sydney Mardi Gras; the official Brazilian performances for the Australian Olympic Committee’s Rio 2016 events including the “Welcome Home” ceremonies for the athletes in Sydney and Melbourne; and half time entertainment for major sporting events such as the NRL.
The creation of Rio Projekt was sparked by Sashya’s ever evolving vision and fierce dedication to artist progression. Inspired by her intensive work in Rio and Brazilian performing arts for well over a decade, Rio Projekt has set an international benchmark.