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Capoeira Dancers – Brazilian Martial Arts | Int.

Capoeira Dancers are a Rio based international Capoeira group hosted by Mestre Celso, a student of the legendary Artur Emidio and the oldest Capoeira teacher in Rio. The Surrey based group is run by his son Professor Bicudo who is also from Brazil.

Capoeira is a 500 year old African martial art developed by slaves in Brazil. It has been popularized in video games such as Tekken and in movies such as Warrior Kinf. It is practiced by celebrities such as Charlize Theron and Wesley Snipes. Come and join the social, spiritual and cultural phenomena that is Capoeira!

This group is formed of 6 performers, which includes dancers, and performers who play instruments, sing and clap along with the performance. For a group of 6 performers the performance length is enhanced to between 10 – 25 minutes.

Capoeira Dancers are also available to run workshops and lessons within schools. Association of Capoeira Engenho da Rainha (ACER) has been providing Capoeira lessons in schools for 6 years. All our instructors are CRB checked and have years of experience of working with children and young adults.

Capoeira is a fusion of fitness, acrobatics, self-defense, dance and music. Capoeira has been recently popularised in ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Blade’, ‘Ocean’s 12’, ‘Mission Impossible 2’, ‘Cat Woman’, MTV Popmusic Videos and even Play Station games. This recent popular exposure means Capoiera can has been able to enthuse a wide range of students, even those previously uninterested in physical education.

Each Capoeira workshop consists of:

10-15 min warm up and stretches (with games sometimes)
Defense Movements
Kicks (no contact)
Capoeira Acrobatics
Combination of movements
Sequence creation
RODA (when 2 people perform together the movements to live Capoeira music)
Music
Afro dance

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the music, history and language (Brazilian Portuguese) of Capoeira whilst improving fitness and agility. Capoeira provides a platform for personal achievement, improving self-esteem and creativity.

Introducing Capoeira to your school’s physical education plan allows the introduction of cultural variety and exciting diversity. One workshop will usually run for two hours.

Testimonials:

“…they were a total pleasure, lovely and really could not have been more helpful. The girls were great… please pass on my thanks to everyone.” 
– Eventuality Events Ltd (via Contraband)

“Your performers where extremely professional and were greatly received by the client and their guests. We hope the performers had fun, they appeared to on the day and we enjoyed working with them. We would definitely like to use your services again due to the high quality and professionalism of your performers.”
– Jack Morton

“Capoeira is a great art .They can dance, play instruments and sing, in the same time doing backflips, flipping on to their hands and swooshing the rope unit. It has to be seen to be believed”
– BBC

“The performers were great and the show went really well. All the martial artists did exactly what I asked them to and made that part of the show very entertaining.”
– CPL Productions Ltd (via Contraband)

Previous Clients Include:

Men’s Health Magazine
London 2012 Olympics
Big Chill Festival
Secret Garden Festival
And many private parties
City of London Festival
Download Festival
Glastonbury Festival
Lamer Tree Festival
Hyde Park Calling Festival
J P Morgan
Institute of Cancer Research
City of London festival
Youth international art festival
LS Sports
Esporta
Springhealth Leisure
Fitness First
David Lloyds
Cannons
Virgin Active
Topnotch
KX
LA Fitness
Crystal Palace Sports Centre
Tiffin School, Kingston
Woodhouse College
Netley Primary School
Marymount International School
Thames Valley University
International School, Kingston
Youth International Arts
Greycourt School, Kingston
Reading University
Eton School

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