This course, taught by Fábio Pereira Nascimento, aka Professor Fuá, will focus on movement and culture through two capoeira combinations. Because of the limitations of Zoom, this course will briefly touch on the musical elements of capoeira and will focus more on the other elements. In our first two classes we will explore the movements one by one as we discover capoeira’s fluid and inclusive nature. In our third class we will put all the combinations together as we embody some capoeira concepts as Axé and Malicia! This class is for all body types!
The Art of Capoeira
Invented by people enslaved in Brazil, the art of capoeira is a complex amalgamation of fighting, dancing, singing, social skills, and ritual. Considered one of the largest black resistance movements, capoeira was outlawed from 1890 to 1940 in what was the first constitution of the Brazilian Republic. As a forbidden movement, capoeira was practiced in secret until one capoeira master was able to bring it out of its fugitive status. The legendary Mestre Bimba (1900 -1974) invented a new style of capoeira, Capoeira Regional. As its savior, Bimba modernized capoeira and Brazilian President Getulio Vargas recognized him as an educator.
Capoeira today is played in 150 countries throughout the world. The art was added to UNESCO's list of cultural manifestations respected as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on November 26, 2014.
Students in online classes are asked to follow the Flynn's Online Class Code of Conduct: