Sashya Jay Brito
Sashya Jay Brito is an internationally acclaimed Creative Director, Choreographer, Performing Artist and Samba Professora officially accredited by Carlinhos Salgueiro to teach his signature style. Passista of Rio’s top Samba league and Director of Samba Internacional, the Australia Samba Congress and Rio Projekt.
With some 13 years of experience, Sashya’s forte in Brazilian Samba has evolved through immersing herself in the culture as well as training and performing with the top Samba artists and aficionados in Brasil, Australia and the USA.
Sashya is an official Passista (professional Samba dancer) for three of Rio’s top Samba schools: Paraiso do Tuiuti, Academicos do Salgueiro and Império Serrano. She parades annually in the elite division of Rio Carnaval.
In May 2017 Sashya became one of only four artists worldwide and the only Samba instructor in Australia to be officially accredited by Carlinhos Salgueiro (Rio’s foremost choreographer and world famous “King of Samba”) to teach his signature technique. When the first ever Brasil Samba Congress took place in Rio de Janeiro in February 2018, Sashya was among the stellar line-up of Samba Instructors. She runs regular courses and workshops across Australia and maintains a strong student following.
Sashya has choreographed an impressive array of stage shows as well as live and televised performances across Australia. She won the “Best Choreography” award at the Sydney Mardi Gras 2015 and Runner Up the following year. In 2016, Sashya also choreographed the Brazilian performances for the official “Welcome Home” events for the Australian Olympic Team in Sydney and Melbourne and the half-time performance for the Cronulla Sharks “Rio Round”.
Sashya has featured at major Brazilian events in Australia for over a decade, with nationally televised appearances on Channel 7, Channel 10, Channel 9 and shows such as The X Factor. She has also performed with renowned artists such as Carlinhos Salgueiro, Evelyn Bastos, Kellyn Rosa, Sergio Mendes, Jason Derulo, James Arthur, Todd McKenney and Chong Lim.
Sashya has trained and studied with Brazil’s top artists including Carlinhos Salgueiro, Evelyn Bastos, Alex Coutinho, Carlinhos de Jesus, Gabriel Castro, Uillana Adaes, Rosangela Silvestre, Luana Bandieira, Kellyn Rosa, Mayara Lima, Patrick Carvalho da Silva, Vitor Art, Mayombe Masai, Rafaela Bastos, Egili Oliveira, Millene Figueiredo, Carolane Silva, Rafaela Dias, Ana Lucia and Aninha Malandra, to name a few. She has also trained with a host of leading choreographers worldwide and her dance repertoire includes a variety of genres. In addition to Brasil and Australia, she has performed in various countries including Cuba, China and Fiji.
Sashya is also renowned for her extensive background in the music industry and as a promoter and tour manager working with artists such as Coldplay, Will.I.Am, The Roots, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Kanye West, Beck, De La Soul, Jurassic 5 and U2 to name a few.