Elaine Smith Holton is a movement and music Teaching Artist in Philadelphia through her creative arts organization PHonk!Philly. Since 2008, Elaine has been practicing community-based dance and drumming when she served as a Passista and Dance Director of Austin Samba, a Brazilian Rio style, community education and performance bateria out of Austin, TX. During her time as Dance Director she’d go on to choreograph and produce four Carnaval Brasileiro shows as part of the largest indoor Brazilian Carnaval show in the US. She has studied under Samba masters, Rosangela Silvestre, Ana Carla Laidley, and Melissa Corpus.