Every July, Joinville, in the state of Santa Catarina, south region of Brazil, hosts the largest and the most important dance festival of the country. It receives some 50,000 patrons from all over Brazil searching for the most recent production on national and international levels. Classical, contemporary and popular groups of acclaimed artists and new talents from Brazil and all over come to Joinville either for presentations or contests.
Why does a medium-sized town like Joinville host such an important dance event that attracts people from all over the world? Well, one of their credentials is that they are the only town to have a branch of the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet School outside Russia.
In eight nights – July 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25 and 26 at 7 pm – dancers do their best in seven genres: Classical Ballet, Ballet d’Action, Contemporary Dance, Tap, Urban Dances, Jazz, and Popular Dances.