Leticia Taylor has been teaching samba in New York City since 2006. She lived and studied in the northeast of Brazil (Fortaleza, Ceará), speaks Portuguese fluently, has studied and performed Brazilian percussion, and teaches and performs Brazilian dance. She was introduced to Samba as a teenager, and while living in Brazil in 2004 experienced the roots of samba in Bahia. In NYC, she began studying Rio style samba no pé with Danielle Lima and Samba & Afro Brazilian percussion with Carlos de Oliveira. Leticia is also an AFAA-certified Group Exercise Instructor, and teaching artist for American Ballroom Theatre’s Dancing Classrooms program in public schools.
Leticia has performed with Silvana Magda's Viva Brazil Dancers, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Celebrate Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, American Museum of Natural History and many other venues in NYC and the tri-state area. Leticia has appeared performing samba & Brazilian dance on several television programs including TLC's Four Weddings (Season 2, Episode 2, Karen's Wedding) and Bravo's Million Dollar Listing NYC. She currently performs frequently at S.O.B.'s "Samba Saturdays" with choreographer/performer Silvana Marquina.