The mission of the American Capoeira Foundation is to develop, promote, educate and preserve aspects of Afro-Brazilian culture, which includes capoeira, music, dance, and theater with the purpose improving humanity and strengthening community. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilina art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and martial arts.
Capoeira is practiced by people of all ages all oever the world. The American Capoeira Foundation believes in collaboration, community, diversity, excellence, and service. The organization has worked with local organization such as the Greater Enrichment Program, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (Mountain Island Lake Academy, Providence Day and others), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Libraries through our partner the International Capoeira School of Charlotte. The American Capoeira Foundation offers classes, workshops, residencies, after-school programs, and performances to educate and promote capoeira and other related aspects of Afro-Brazilian culture.
To learn more please visit http://www.americancapoeirafoundation.org/welcome/
2422 Madeline Meadow Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217
American Capoeira Foundation’s Intro 2 Capoeira is a class designed to introduce the fundamental elements of capoeira followed by a performance emphasizing how capoeira uses improvisational movements and skills to create a unique interaction between two people to music. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and martial arts.
The activities, movements, exercises that students will experience are designed to help students improve their flexibility, coordination, balance, rhythm, endurance, and strength. The class will also expose students to Brazilian Portuguese and culture. Students will be introduced to and learn one of the most fundamental movements of capoeira called ginga. Ginga is a swaying movement that looks like a dance however this movement allows for the capoeira player to be elusive and unpredictable. The second movement that students will explore during the class is a cartwheel which is called a aú. This acrobatic movement is one of the main transitional movements and defenses in capoeira. Ginga and Aú are two of the main movements along with several other ground movements that participants will be introduced to in the class. Along with these movements, students will be exposed to a few of the main kicks and escapes (defenses) that make capoeira a unique martial art. Lastly students will be exposed to capoeira music and songs because music is an essential element of the art form. Music is what drives all of capoeira. Capoeira can not be played without music whether live or recorded. The goal of the class is give students a brief introduction into this unique art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and martial arts to create a unique fitness and cultural experience.
Capoeira was created during a time of oppression around the 16th Century when slavery was happening across the Americas. The art form has African origins however it was in Brazil that the art form was developed. Africans and Brazilian natives used capoeira as a way to preserve their culture and a form of protection from slave catchers.
Class length: 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on the age of students)
Price range: Varies
**For a capoeira class and performance without live music, at least 2 capoeiristas are needed to demonstrate how capoeira is done.
**For a capoeira class and performance with live music, at least 2 capoeiristas and 3 musicians are needed to demonstrate capoeira being done to live music.
Contact for availability for 2020-2021 school year
During school hours and/or outside school hours
Indoor large open space such as basketball gym or open field
Sound system and/or speaker that can be connected to an iPod via headphone jack
In the Charlotte area:
Outside Charlotte area: price may include travel costs
Virtual classes are available.
*All prices can be negotiated
I.CP.1 Use choreographic principles, structures, and processes to create movement that communicate ideas, experiences, feelings, and images.
I.CP.2 Understand how to use performance values (kinesthetic awareness, concentration, focus, and etiquette) to enhance movement performance.
From the Arts Education, Dance K-8 Standards (all grade levels):
From the Social Studies, K-8 Standards (all grade levels)
One month written notice required for full refund.
Two weeks notice for 50% refund
Weather or other emergencies, a makeup date will be arranged if possible, or a settlement will be negotiated.