Fighting? Dancing? Capoeira!

Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts and dance.  Watch this exciting sport in action with the Capoeiristas of Grupo Axe Capoeira Kansas City on Thursday, June 16 at 2:00 pm in Marvin Auditorium. This program is for age 10 to adults.

There will be a thrilling demonstration and a workshop that will teach you how to do some impressive Capoeira moves. You don’t have to know anything about martial arts to enjoy this program.  Please wear workout pants and bring a water bottle if you would like to participate in the workshop part of the program.

Check out these Capoeira resources from the library:

Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art! by George Ancona

It’s a game, a dance, a martial art! It’s a way of expressing oneself through movement and music. With action-packed photographs and accessible text, readers are introduced to this exciting, popular game. At Madinga Academy in Oakland, California, a group of girls and boys practice the acrobatic moves of capoeira. Then they begin to play games to the infectious, rhythmic beat of traditional music and singing. On to Brazil to experience capoeira in its historic birthplace, where it dates back four hundred years. Capoeira developed as a way of fighting among enslaved Africans, was outlawed the the government, and was permitted once again in 1930 as a martial art and game. Back in Oakland, at an end-of-year ceremony, students receive their colored ropes indicating their levels of accomplishment. They also look forward to next year, and the fun of expressing themselves through the game, dance and martial art of capoeira.

Capoeira Workout with Paula Verdino

The Brazilian capoeira workout that’s taken the fitness world by storm. It’s the new Tae Bo with amazing rhythms and acrobatic moves.