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FAU Presents a Masquerade Ball With Brazilian Flavor


Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters has announced its first annual Culture, Arts and Society Today Party as a fundraiser for student scholarships. The event will have a Brazilian flavor featuring the Brazilian Beat group. It will take place at The Loft at Congress: 530 NW 77th street, Boca Raton, FL, Feb 20 from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Mr. Michael Horswell, dean of FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters said, “through the generosity of donors, we are able to support students who may otherwise not be able to attend college, including some that are the first in their families to go to college. By supporting this event, our donors will be changing people’s lives. We are excited to feature such a wonderful aspect of the Brazilian culture to our South Florida community as part of the celebration of FAU’s College of Arts and Letters.”

Ms. Suzanne Thorson, Brazilian Beat owner and cre­ative producer said, “our inspiration is the Amazon rainforest, with its famous biodiversity. Brazil holds a rich culture, exciting music, colors & flavors. Brazil­ian Beat prides itself in spreading Brazilian energy around the globe, highlighting the more sophisticated, sometimes neglected aspect. We aim to transform this spirit into art in its many facets.”

Most of the costumes were acquired from the person­al collection of Zeza Mendonça, a famous designer of Carnival costumes. These are true works of art, hand­made, weighing between 60 and 110 lbs. each. The feathers, multicolored stones, lace and accessories are special to Brazil. Transporting these costumes to the US is complex but crucial to providing an authentic experience. You are invited to this masquerade ball to experience for yourself.

Suzanne worked with the great master Joãozinho Trinta and collaborated on many important events, such as the 700 years of the Grimaldi Dynasty, in the Principality of Monaco, New Year for the King of Morocco, among others.

Mr. Horswell continued, “we are excited to have the excellent caliber of Brazilian Beat performers to highlight our event on February 20th. . The College’s own award-winning Theatre, Music and Dance faculty and students will also perform.”

The event has the support of the Brazil International Foundation (BIF) and the Brazilian Business Group (BBG), and their presidents, Mr. Aloysio Vasconcellos and Ms. Andrea Faria.

The photo shoot was a joint effort between Ms. Thorson/ Brazilian Beat, the award-winning photographer Toddy Holland and the makeup artist Mimi Fondeville.

For more information, contact Suzy Livingston at slivingston@fau.edu or (561) 297-2584.


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