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The art of Capoeira

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form centered around survival, liberation, and game play. Created by Africans brought to Brazil during the slave trade, it is a fusion of dance, martial arts, acrobatics, functional fitness, and music. This expressive movement practice has deep cultural roots & a complex history.

About Capoeira

Think of Capoeira as a fluid and strategic movement conversation between two practitioners. Played in a circle called a roda, it is an intricate exchange of kicks, escapes, sweeps, and acrobatic movements. A central element in the practice of Capoeira is traditional music and signature instruments, including the berimbau, atabaque, and pandeiro. 

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A typical training class includes a cardiovascular warm-up, stretching, practice of basic techniques alone and in partners. Capoeira is about conditioning, flexibility, mobility, balance, rhythm, body awareness and expression. CounterBalance offers classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced adults, as well as Tiny Tots (3-5.5 years), kids (6-10 years), and tweens and teens (10+)

Our Mestre

Mestre Boneco founded Capoeira Brasil, one of the world’s largest capoeira groups, in 1989. With more than 45 years teaching and training capoeira, Mestre’s talents are world-renowned. Teaching is his passion and he currently supervises more than 100 teachers across South America, North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. He lives in his native Rio de Janeiro. 

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