Mestre Foca & Professora Rouxinol are available for Assemblies/Performances/Workshops (short term and on-going)
What is Capoeira Brooklyn Kids
Capoeira Brooklyn Kids is a year-round school day enrichment arts/physical education program for grades K-12 that builds PHYSICAL FITNESS, CULTURAL & ARTISTIC EXPRESSION, & CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT through the scope of Capoeira. By participating in the program, youth learn new ways of moving their bodies in time with rhythm, play percussion instruments, sing songs in Portuguese, and gain confidence in expressing themselves through movement while encouraging the same in others. At any age, the martial art form improves physical fitness, musical abilities, and understanding of Portuguese and Brazilian culture. In the Capoeira Brooklyn Kids Program, young participants develop endurance, strength, motor skills, coordination, flexibility, reflexes and self-esteem. Capoeira’s partner movements encourage cooperation, respect, trust, and healthy interaction with peers and teachers. By fostering a disciplined learning environment that encourages positive peer influence, we build community & teach students to apply the rules and principals of Capoeira towards their lives and challenges they face as young people.
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Capoeira Brooklyn Kids & Learning Standards for NYS
Read more about how our programs naturally satisfy a number of New York State Learning Standards.
Classes focus on Capoeira movements that develop physical fitness: motor skills, reflexes, balance, and strength and through age appropriate activities/movements, challenge the individual. Partner movements encourage cooperation, trust, and interaction with peers and teachers. Self-awareness and the ability to maintain a safe/healthy environment is a goal and result of the classes.
Since all movements, the call-and-response songs, and salutations are in Portuguese, it is an excellent tool for teaching a new language. Developing multi-cultural awareness, cultural expression and cultural engagement is a natural effect of the Capoeira classes, and, by discussing the cultural relevance of Capoeira in Brazil we draw comparisons/contrasts to students’ experiences as youth in America. Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.
Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance & music) & participate in various roles in the arts. Music/Instruments/Singing are an important part of Capoeira, differentiating it from any other martial art. The rhythm of Capoeira is determined by the instruments: berimbau (a one-stringed bow instrument), pandeiro (tambourine), atabaque (drum) and agogô (cow bell). Students learn to play the instruments as well to listen to the rhythms to guide their movements. Artistic expression is fostered through playing instruments, singing Capoeira songs, and through “open rodas” (freeplay sessions) in which students can “play” Capoeira with each other using both choreographed and improvised sequences. A culminating performance marks what they have learned at the end of a series.
As a swiftly emerging world power, Brazil is often in the news and current events. It just recently replaced England as the worlds’ 6th largest economy and it is the future host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Using the multi-dimensional art of Capoeira to engage students serves as an excellent springboard into related historical, geographical, economic and governmental topics in Brazil and Latin America.