Machado founded the first capoeira school in 1932, the Academia-escola de Cultura Regional, at the Engenho de Brotas in Salvador, Bahia. Previously, capoeira was only practiced and played on the streets. However, capoeira was still heavily discriminated against by upper-class Brazilian society. In order to change the pejorative reputation of capoeira and its practitioners as devious, stealthy and malicious, Bimba set new standards to the art.

Brasil em Durham

A weekend of workshops at the Terreiro de Arte e Cultura to welcome the warm weather featuring Capoeira Regional with Formanda Colibri from Grupo Capoeira Brasil. The event will span two days, please see the full schedule below. A day full of capoeira workshops (Regional and Angola) plus an open roda on Saturday, followed by more capoeira(!), samba, and African dance on Sunday. See you at the Terreiro!

All Levels All the time.

All Levels All the time.

Both beginners and advanced students need to know the fundamental blocks of capoeira. Physical development, music and cultural aspects are reviewed each class by our instructors and are aimed at students of all levels.

723 N Mangum Street
Durham, NC 27701

Kids Classes are Back!

Grupo Capoeira Brasil-NC and The Terreiro de Arte e Cultura are happy to offer children’s capoeira once again. We are offering a four-week course for kids from 5 to 10 years old. Classes will begin Saturday, July 7. They will meet every Saturday from 12 pm to 1 pm at 723 N. Mangum st. Kids will learn basic movements, songs, and some Portuguese.
Come ready to play!

Join us for our Batizado Celebration..!!!

Dear Parents, 

We are proud to announce and invite you for our annual Batizado. Our Batizado will be held on Saturday, July 2nd 2011 at the Terreiro de Arte e Cultura, 105 W. Corporation St., Durham - NC, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. We will host guests from Brazil, NY, Abu Dhabi, and Arizona, among those guest we will have the presence of Mestre Caxias, Mestre Abará, Professor Trovão and Professora Lua. 

Kids Capoeira is here for the SUMMER !!!!

We will resume kids' classes on May 21st. At the moment, we're renovating our space to improve the class. We would like to meet all the parents on the first day of class at 10:30 a.m., so we can explain our main goals with Capoeira Classes and answer any questions that you may have. For the Summer session, we will accept kids between 4 and 12 years old. Each class will consist of 2 parts, and the kids will be split in 2 groups during the second part. Those groups will be determined according to age range. We're planning separate classed for the second season though. Please fill the form for each child and check the information below:

Class dates (Saturdays): May 21st, May 28th, June 4th, June 11th, June 18th, June 25th, July 9th, July 23rd (8 weeks)

Time: 11 a.m. to Noon

Capoeira graduation is right around the corner

We are excited about having a batizado and graduation ceremony in Durham again.

Our very own Terreiro de Arte e Cultura will host the Batizado e troca de cordas for the year 2011, and we want you to be a part of it. We got tons of work ahead and the first step is the batizado registration.

Please fill out the form to register and read on about the details of your batizado.

The Music

OrchestraFor those who have never seen Capoeira played, the roda (circle) is where everything happens. It is the climax of the art of Capoeira. At the head of the roda is the orchestra consisting of three berimbaus, two pandeiros and one atabaque. The berimbau is a mono-chord instrument from Central Africa, it dictates the flavor and speed of the Capoeira game inside the roda. This lead instrument can play over 10 different traditional rhythms with countless variations. The berimbau's unique acoustic sound is accompanied by the atabaque, a drum much like a primitive conga. The atabaque is the heartbeat of the Capoeira roda and is accentuated by the pandeiro (tambourine).

O jogo de Capoeira

To train Capoeira is more than to just go once in a while for the aerobic workout, or to enjoy the energy of the roda. Of course we welcome anyone for whom this is appropriate but for most participants, that is not enough. It is traditional for Capoeiristas to immerse themselves in the art, training, researching, and socializing outside of class. Mestre Boneco and Capoeira Brasil are dedicated to perpetuating and maintaining the tradition of Capoeira while continuing to evolve the art. To progress in Capoeira you must try to continually develop your movements, connecting them like words in a sentence and you must play in the roda, applying what you have learned in your training. Learning the music and instruments is also fundamental. Start with playing the pandeiro and learning to sing the chorus of the songs…

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