Musical Instruments – Capoeira

Students will learn about the musical instruments and traditions of Capoeira – an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance and martial arts – with CultureALL Ambassadors Julio Arruda dos Santos and Holly Sells.

Workshop Description

Capoeira workshop
CultureALL Ambassador Julio Arruda dos Santos (photo by Eric Salmon)

Students will learn about the musical instruments that are part of the art form of Capoeira, an Afro‐Brazilian martial art/dance that originated in Brazil during the time of slavery. The African slaves developed Capoeira, disguising it as a dance with hand stands, kicks and flips, and then used it to help free themselves from oppression. Today, Capoeira is celebrated for its beauty, tradition and profound importance in the history of Brazil.

In this workshop, participants explore the significance of the music and various instruments used in Capoeira, such as the bidding bow, the pandeiro, the atabaque drum and the agogo.  If time and space permits, they will also learn about  the language and the rules of Capoeira, and how to “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 Arruda dos 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