Vika Stansky-Hernandez has been dancing since the age of 7 in various dance styles including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance. Over the last 8 years she has been training capoeira and Afro-Brazilian dance under the direction of world renown dancer, choreographer, and capoeira teacher Mestre Mariano Silva. She is part of Brazilian Cultural Arts Center and Capoeira Batuque of Santa Barbara as well as Bahia Magia Dance Company. Holding an M.A. in Global & International Studies, her research in the African Diaspora in Brazil enriched her passion and enabled her to continue her training in Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira while living in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She has performed professionally throughout Southern California, Miami, and Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Recently moving to North County San Diego, she is sharing the beautiful culture that has been passed down to her with the guidance and blessing of her mentor.