Patricia Leão, a former dancer, and Gilberto Leao, a restaurateur, founded Brazilian Nites Productions in the midst of the lambada fever in 1989. The husband-and-wife team from Burbank started the production company with the main purpose of advancing the lambada dance through contests, instruction and shows. Over time, the company expanded its scope and now aims to promote the numerous facets of Brazilian culture, music and dance.
Brazilian Nites Productions has been successfully organizing events since its inception, bringing people of different ages and nationalities together to experience the allure and character of Brazilian culture. The company produces several shows each year, including two annual events: the Brazilian Summer Festival at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and L.A.’s Brazilian Carnaval at the Hollywood Palladium in February. The Summer Festival is a co-presentation with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and is part of the Ford Theatre’s Summer Season, while the Carnaval celebration is self-presented.