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o-1 approval secured for lambazouk dancer

Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed on behalf of Master Braz. Master Braz is unquestionably the world’s most celebrated Lambazouk dancer.   


For over thirty years, Master Braz has been a major innovator of the dance, establishing rules, styling for both leaders and followers, idiosyncratic shines and patterns that have become an integral part of the contemporary dance. Master Braz is known for his ability to clap out the rhythm of lambada and be heard by every dancer on a large, crowded dance floor. His ‘energia’ is known to be ‘infectious’. 

Due to this undeniable impact and pivotal role in the development of modern Lambada dance, namely Lambazouk, an international stage show was created for him that told the story of his life and work. The show was created by Pamela Stephenson Connolly, directed by renowned choreographer and theater director Arlene Phillips, and produced by Harley Medcalf, the  founder and producer of the international dance show Burn the Floor.  Brazouka premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then embarked on an international tour through London, South Africa and Australia. 

Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. was founded in 1960 by Michael’s father, Leon Wildes, whose best-known accomplishment was his successful representation of John Lennon in his widely publicized deportation proceedings (the circumstances of which have inspired several films and documentaries). The firm specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law, has a distinguished domestic and international clientele, and can assist with any type of immigration matter including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications, all temporary and permanent type visas, and U.S. citizenship.       

In addition to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael is also currently serving his third term as Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, is the author of Safe Haven in America: Battles to Open the Golden Door (which draws on over a quarter of a century of his practice in the immigration field), is an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and several international/corporate law firms. Moreover, Michael is internationally renowned for his successful representation of distinguished individuals and corporate clients such as performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, race car drivers, fine artists, art dealers, curators, musicians, photographers, stylists, and literary agents. Some of the firm’s other distinguished clients include scholar Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (z’l), as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and Former First Lady Melania Trump and her family.       

Today the firm of Wildes & Weinberg has offices in New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and a presence in Los Angeles, California, and continues to maintain its stellar reputation in the field of U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law.      

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