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Capoiera is a Brazilian Martial Art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It is heavily influenced by a kind of war-fighting in which the individual uses all of the body to attack the enemy, known as Marana. Movements are quick and use power, speed and leverage with kicks and spins, as well as low sweeping movements to ward off the opponent.

If you ask ten people to describe capoeira, you will most likely hear ten very different answers. Capoeira has been described as a martial art, a dance, an art form, a form of self-defense, or any hybrid of these. Many people often use more than one of these definitions in the same breath when describing this form of movement that combines spins, turns, precisely-aimed kicks, evasive defense moves, and breathtaking acrobatics into a rich fabric of motion, percussion, and song. Whatever terms may be used when one tries to define capoeira, there is some truth in all of them. Mestre Jelon Vieira, a leading Mestre ("master") of capoeira in Brasil and the United States, has described it as a dance which is a fight and a fight which is a dance.

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In the past, this class was held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00-9:30pm.