Capoeira is an art form created by African prisoners-of-war during colonial times in Brazil. Often referred to as a “dance fight”, capoeira was created with African music, instruments and
ABOUT CAPOEIRA DC
CapoeiraDC was started in early 2002 by eight students, including Contra Mestre Morcego, Professora Borboleta, Professor Sorriso, and Instrutor Gavião. The eight decided they wanted to train capoeira although they no longer had an instructor.
The first training site for the group was in Morcego’s restaurant on 9th & U St. The students knew they needed higher level instruction. After serious consideration, they approached Mestre Curisco and asked him to lead them in their development. From that moment, they became members of the Capoeira Malês family.
Mestre Curisco, Mestre Lua Branca, and Capoeira Malês schools train the form of capoeira often called capoeira contemporânea.
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WHAT IS CAPOEiRA?
martial arts as a form of resistance against enslavement and later forms of oppression. Capoeira arrived in the US during the sixties and has taken root all over the world.
CONTRA MESTRE MORCEGO
Contra Mestre Morcego is the lead teacher at CapoeiraDC. Morcego is the ultimate student. His apellido means “bat” in Portuguese because he was known to stay up late studying. Morcego’s method of study is also his method of instruction; continuous training in order to be constantly prepared for the jogo (game) of capoeira. He is fond of saying, “In capoeira, you’ve got to work a lot to get a little. And you better be happy with a little, because that’s all you’re going to get.”
Mon & Wed 7PM
Tues & Th 7PM (Intro)
2- 5 years - Sat 9:30AM
6-8 years - Wed 5:30PM; Sat 10:10AM
9+ years - Wed 6:15PM; Sat 11AM
The Capoeira Spot is available for rent, as a one-time usage or for on-going monthly rentals.
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2008 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018
CapoeiraDC is a community- run 501-(c)(3) non-profit that fosters capoeira and other arts instruction through classes, community outreach and access, and youth development.
Donations, monthly dues, and contributions to our annual Zumbi-Dandara galas support the use of our studio space and the continuation of our mission.