Saara Burga, founder of the Brazilian Center of Cultural Exchange, is a Brazilian immigrant who speaks four languages fluently prior to obtained her American citizenship in the year 2000. After completing her formal education in Brazil, at a young age, she attended the famous Afro-Brazilian Samba Dance School, Vila Isabel in Rio de Janeiro and she later represented Brazil dancing professionally all over the world.
She won first place at the World Cup in San Francisco for samba dancing. Later, she migrated to Taiwan, China where she formally taught samba dancing and the Brazilian culture to Chinese students. Subsequently, she came to America and as a result of her acculturation along with many immigrants, the Brazilian Center, a non-profit organization was created.
She organized the local Brazilian people to assimilate and share their Brazilian culture in the Sacramento community. Since that period, the Center has become a well-known multicultural organization, now residing in midtown Sacramento.
Saara’s personality and warm hospitality are contagious. She has created a cultural and community-oriented environment at the Center that multi-cultural people love to engage in the Brazilian performing arts or volunteering their time to give back to the community in the Lean on Me Program, feeding sheltered and food deprived people in the Sacramento community.
She has not only embraced her cultural activities but has organized volunteers to help to resolve community issues relative to people who are less fortunate in our neighborhoods.
Teaching and sharing information about her Brazilian cultural heritage America is Saara’s forte. She is a gifted and talented person who can dance, drum, cook and create a cultural environment that leaves participants and visitors with a taste of Brazil, here in America.
Saara is a creative leader who has a strong vision. She loves interacting with people while collaborating with other non-profits and government officials for the purpose of doing her part to strengthen the midtown community. Her energy level, dedication, and participation are infectious in bring people together for a common cause.