Capoeira is a "dance-fight" that developed in the
slave quarters of North-Eastern Brazil. As
landowners saw many of their slaves dying of
"banzo," or boredom and sadness, they began to
allow them to dance and practice their religion
twice a month. Within the rituals practiced on
these days, the slaves created a martial art.
Capoeira is known today for combining strong and
fluid movement, dynamic use of space, rhythm, and a
spirit of "trickiness" and play.
Fabio (Fua) Nascimento, a native of Brazil,
graduated from a traditional Brazilian capoeira
academy where he studied under the tutelage of
Aberré, one of the most recognized capoeira
masters. Starting at the age of eight, Fua has
trained in capoeira for twenty years and has been
performing and teaching throughout Brazil and
internationally for the the past twelve years.
What to wear
Loose fitting pants and form-fitting t-shirt or
tank top. No shoes necessary.
will present basic elements of capoeira: ginga and
its variations, attacks and defenses, as well as
the principle aesthetic movements through which the
fight was disguised as dance. Students will work
within the various rhythmic and movement traditions
of the art form.