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Vila Nova de Gaia is also a city that I know particularly well and where I had the opportunity to collaborate with the amazing Telma Dunkel, classical and contemporary dance teacher and professional dancer. I also had the great pleasure of being able to collaborate with LDANCE School, where her teacher Liliana Silveira accompanied the session in a unique place, the Churchill’s Port wine cellars. Finally, I also held a session with the beautiful and talented ballet student, Diana Beatriz.
Vila Nova de Gaia is a municipality and Portuguese city in the Metropolitan Area of Porto in the Northern Region with approximately 302,324 inhabitants in its urban perimeter (2014). The city is located on the south bank of the Douro River. Originally formed from two different villages, Gaia and Vila Nova, it was elevated to a city on June 28, 1984. The cellars of the famous Port wine are located in this municipality. Although produced with grapes from the Douro and stored in the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, this alcoholic drink became known as “Port wine” from the second half of the 17th century because it was exported to the whole world from this city. Vila Nova de Gaia is the place with the highest concentration of alcohol per square meter in the world. Vila Nova de Gaia is also known for its extensive coastal strip, with approximately 17 km of sand. In recent years, it has been the county in the country with the most beaches boasting the Blue Flag award.
Date of the sessions: November and December of 2019 and January of 2020
Dancers: Telma Dunkel, Alice Sousa, Ana Lua Sousa, Beatriz Carvalho, Carolina Martins, Catarina Barbosa, Inês Reis, Lara Alves, Lara Cunha, Margarida Forte, Sofia Batista, Teresa Sousa and Diana Beatriz
Special thanks to: Liliana Silveira, LDance School & Churchill’s Wine Port
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