Beatriz Nascimento Foundation

The Beatriz Nascimento Foundation is an organization that spearheads Arts and Education. This organization is based on the legacy of Beatriz Nascimento with the goal of sharing  Afro-Brazilian culture throughout the world.

Our Founder

Bethânia Nascimento F. Gomes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and pursued a career in classical ballet. In 1992, she joined, The  Dance Theater of Harlem Company . Her first tour was to South Africa where the company performed for Nelson Mandela. Years later she rose to the rank of principal dancer becoming the first Afro-Brazilian woman to reach the rank of first dancer in a world known Classical Ballet Company . She was mentored and directed by Arthur Mitchel. She is currently a teacher, coach, choreographer and co - founder , coordinator of the Brazil Residency  along with Robert Garland for The Dance Theatre of Harlem School. She also works with Afro-American institutions as Collage Dance Collective,  Alvin Ailey and the contemporary dance company Emerge 125 directed by Tiffany Rae Williams. 

She is also dedicated to the works of her mother, Beatriz Nascimento. Bethania Nascimento's first work in relation to her mother was the book, All Distances (2015), a collection of poems and aphorisms, in collaboration with Professor, writer and biographer Alex Ratts. (University of Goiania, Brazil) Bethania Nascimento has been in collaboration  with academics, Christen A. Smith (University of Texas, Austin) and Archie Davis (Kings College, London). Beatriz's first series of works in English: "In Front of the World: Nascimento “(Antipode, 2021) and the upcoming release of  a Beatriz Nascimento  book translated to English in 2022. Recently, Bethania Nascimento,  published her first children’s book Betha a bailarina pretinha. The book is an autobiographical story on her career as a classical ballerina.

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