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“This Brazilian couple”, from the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and the Staten Island Ballet, is now putting the dance online: here are Ana and Junio

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Ana Luiza Luizi and Junio ​​Enrique Teixeira, known as ‘That Brazilian Couple’, are professional ballet artists with over 25 years of experience in the art of dance, working with distinguished dance companies performing in venues around the world. .

They dance at the famed Metropolitan Opera Ballet and are the same husband and wife pair that grace the stages of Lincoln Center and Staten Island Ballet galas, where they are members and perform a love duet with ease. and grace.

Many may have also seen them perform at the Neptune Ball at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.

From left to right, Junio ​​Enrique Teixeira, Elton Davel and Ana Luiza Luizi. (Courtesy of Elton Davel)Staten Island Advance

YOUTUBE STARS

They have gained popularity on social media and are becoming an important influence in the dance world.

They are Youtube stars and social media personalities with nearly a million YouTube subscribers and 500,000,000 views. And they have over 1.2 million followers on their TikTok account.

The couple began their journey online during the pandemic, posting videos twice a day. Their audience grew, inspiring thousands through dance. At a time when the world was frozen, Ana Luiza and Junio ​​Enrique took their careers to another level.

AN EXHIBITION

An art and photography exhibition called “The Four Elements” will be launched by “That Brazilian Couple” in partnership with photographer Elton Davel.

The aim of the exhibition is to demonstrate the link between man and nature. The event is an exhibition of art and photography where they depict the four elements (earth, fire, water and air) through dance movements.

The exhibition will be presented on Saturday October 22 and Sunday. On October 23, at the Caelum Gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, an area known for presenting exhibitions by artists from all over the world.

“Being part of this special event means discovering in depth our connection with nature. . . expressed through art,” the couple said collectively.

“Connecting with nature is letting go of the belief that we are very important, almost divine, and realizing, once and for all, that we are human, belonging like animals to this world that we understand little, but which has a well-established order,” reads an excerpt from the exhibit’s manifesto.

Ana Luiza Luizi and Junio ​​Enrique Teixeira (Courtesy/Elton Davel)Staten Island Advance

A NEW BOOK

The art exhibition project also includes a book that describes the artists’ trajectory, their path to success, and the struggles and effort they put into the process of creating the project.

The book will be available for purchase at the exhibition, which explains their journey.

The series consists of 26 works. The artists have produced a mini-documentary, which shows behind-the-scenes details, with interviews with indigenous people explaining the concept of the four elements and their importance for life on earth.

“In order to make the experience even more interesting, the funds will be directed to indigenous peoples of Latin America,” they said. “Giving contributions in areas that are very important as indigenous peoples is one of the main objectives of this exhibition. Part of the funds will be used for the construction of an artisanal well in the villages due to the difficulty of obtaining water in certain specific areas.

Funds will also be allocated for the construction of fish ponds to give these indigenous families the opportunity to raise fish for their own food or for the fish trade.

“We can live and work in another country, but we tend not to forget our roots,” they added.

“This Brazilian Couple” has grown into a non-profit organization aimed at inspiring viewers around the world with artistic entertainment and lifestyle choices.

Ana Luiza Luizi and Junio ​​Enrique Teixeira (Courtesy/Elton Davel)Staten Island Advance

Ana and Junio ​​will still be with the Metropolitan Opera but they will dedicate their personal time to their non-profit endeavors. As Ana and Junio ​​said “It all started when Lincoln Center – home to New York’s cultural icons – was closed due to COVID.”

This temporary stop pushed them to become more creative and work on something more motivating, with a higher goal, like helping indigenous people. Their hope with this event is to bring people together through a connection between nature and art, portrayed through photography and ballet.