Capoeira Angola Classes
Dates: 5 Feb 2013 - 31 Dec 2014
Address: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
So what is Capoeira Angola all about? Imagine participating in a challenging art form that involves energetically play-acting to indulge in dance fights that are in synch with Afro-Brazilian music and songs that describe life, the country, community and the players within a circle. This sort of activity is called a Capoeira Angola Roda, one of the rituals of Afro-Brazilian culture that is still alive and practised today, not only in remembrance of the cultural and physical resistance that was used by Brazilian slaves to gain freedom but also because Capoeira Angola has health benefits and ensures mental, emotional and physical well-being.
The ritual of the Roda and the practice of Capoeira Angola have been passed down through several centuries as an oral tradition - there are no 'How to do Capoeira Angola' books! The only ways to learn are to ask, and to practise. For a newcomer there are no stupid questions about Capoeira Angola. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, to be curious and to seek guidance from the teacher, the experienced students and the Mestres. The school creates a safe place to learn both the movement and the traditions of Capoeira, regardless of physical ability, musical skill or native language.
Classed are supervised by Mestre Roxinho, director of the Capoeira Angola Cultural Centre, and Treinel Martinica from the ECAMAR school. The Capoeira Angola Cultural Centre Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim to provide access to Capoeira Angola to the community.
New students are first introduced to the basic movements. As their confidence and skill develop, they are introduced to more advanced movements. Classes are dictated by the level of ability of the students who attend. Where appropriate, parts of a class will be split between beginners and advanced students.
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