Brazilian Capoeira Celebration
Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Motta-Passajou.
This night will include three events...
- Afro-Brazilian Dance Workshop
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Led by instructor Neguin from Philadelphia.
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Led by Mestre Detour, Contra Mestre Jeromin, Gabrielle Motta-Passajou (Appalachian instructor of Capoeira), Appalachian students, and other invited guests. The roda (capeoria event) will be open to the public.
- Traditional Brazilian Dinner and Music
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Black Beans and rice, bread, salad, Brazilian drink (non-alcoholic).
Capoeira is a dance-like martial art rooted in Afro-Brazil slave culture. It was introduced in Europe and the United States in the late 1960's and early 1970's as capoeiristas travelled outside Brazil and established themselves in other countries.
From Essential Capoeira by Mestre Poncianinho, Michelle Porter...
The benefits of Capoeira are endless. Not only does it improve your physical strength, flexibility, and reflexes, it also improves your musicality, and encompasses a rich cultural and historical heritage. Many students of Capoeira learn simple Portuguese, and others take the opportunity to visit Brazil as part of their training. Capoeira is a martial art that embraces music, acrobatics, fighting, sport, and philosophy. It is steeped in tradition and ritual, and works to develop the individual on both physical and mental levels.
From the April 4, 2013 Mountain Times article Brazil to Boone by Kellen Moore...
Appalachian State University professor Gabrielle Motta-Passajou remembers the first time she saw the traditional Brazilian martial art of capoeira performed more than 20 years ago in Paris.
“It happened very casually,” she said. “I was walking the streets, and there was a capoeira roda in the street. The music caught my attention, and I went and got closer to the gathering of people there.”
Before her stood a ring of people, circling a pair of competitors as they sparred with moves that were part dance, part fight and part acrobatics. “It’s really mesmerizing, so I got really interested right there,” she said.
Decades later, after learning the unique blend of dance and martial arts, Motta-Passajou moved to Boone and began teaching the style to others.