Dale Ricardo Shields
Slim Mello was born in Brazil (Salvador-Bahia). Salvador is considered the largest Black city outside of Africa with over 80% of the people being of African-Brazilian descent. “The city of Salvador is notable in Brazil for its cuisine, music and architecture, and its metropolitan area is the wealthiest in Brazil’s Northeast. The African influence in many cultural aspects of the city makes it the center of Afro-Brazilian culture. This reflects a situation in which African-associated cultural practices are celebrated.” (Wikipedia)
Rockin’ in the Rhythm!!!
Photo by Joseph Gray
Slim Mello started to dance at the age of 15. He was always surrounded by the aesthetics of the arts and dance. He fell in love with a world in constant motion at a young age, before considering dance as serious career. Slim, being from Salvado, was raised to have and respect many heroes and idols. He looked up to those Black leaders who have given him a chance to be standing where he is today, or in his case, deliberately moving proudly like a young graceful lion! In Brazil, it is still hard to clarify and support the fact that the men can do Samba, but it is still new for men to dance ballet or modern dance, proudly. With all of the education and support Slim Mello received from his loving family and devoted teachers, he never had a problem with the responsibilities of being a male dancer. As one if his idols, Zebrinha used to say, “In the beginning dance was made for men so be one.”