Capoeira – Martial Art of Brazil

In this highly active workshop, students will learn the basics of Capoeira, an Afro‐Brazilian artform that combines martial arts, music, and dance, with CultureALL Ambassadors Holly Sells and Julio Arruda dos Santos.

Workshop Description

Capoeira workshop - GoodrellCapoeria is an Afro-Brazilian martial art:  a rhythmic conversation between two bodies without speaking. Capoeria originated in Brazil during the 16th century.  It was developed by slaves, and  was first disguised as a dance, then later used as a tool of survival and defense to help them gain freedom from oppression. Today, Capoeira is celebrated for its beauty, tradition and profound importance in Brazil’s history.

CultureALL Ambassadors Holly Sells and Julio Arrudados Santos of Fitness Connections guide this interactive session, where participants learn the four laws of focus, sing the language, and enjoy the “play.”

Instructors for this workshop may vary, depending on the date and the size of the class.   Julio and Holly often teach it together; however, if Holly is not available, Julio may teach solo, or bring another Capoeira artist visiting from Brazil.

Workshop Details:

Ambassador Julio Santos & Holly Sells
Region/Culture Brazil
Subject(s) Physical Education, Dance, Music, Social Studies
Participants 25 max
Standard Length 45 min
Room Set-Up Gym is preferred
Supplies/Equipment Needed: Chair; for longer workshops - tumbling mats, hula hoops, and cones, if available