Capoeira - Grupo Liberdade
Capoeira - Grupo Liberdade
Training Capoeira with Professora Amazonas
Professora Amazonas assisting one of the youngest students in her children’s class, with the ginga, which is a fundamental step in capoeira.
Professora Amazonas working one-on-one with a young student, preparing to spot him on a handstand.
Professora Amazonas spotting a young student in her children’s class on a handstand. Acrobratics is one facet of capoeira training and play.
Student preparing to dance maculélé, an Afro-Brazilian dance form closely related to capoeira. The history maculélé is closely related to honoring the workers of the sugarcane plantations of Brazil, with the movements of the dance reflecting the…
Children’s Class - Maculélé
Students preparing to dance maculélé, an Afro-Brazilian dance form closely related to capoeira in Professora Amazonas’ children’s capoeira class.
Maculélé - Machete
Similar to capoeira, maculélé is a martial arts and dance combination, which uses sticks and machetes to not only fight, but also keep the rhythm. Students in Professora Amazonas’ class use plastic machetes to learn, practice and play.
Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira Children’s Class - Maculélé
Professora Amazonas students dancing maculélé, an Afro-Brazilian dance form. This movement in the dance is a collective tribute to the ancestors.
Like capoeira, maculélé is danced in a circle. It also utilizes a similar arrangement in the batería.
Batería - Maculélé
In Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira, all students learn, study and play the musical instruments featured in the variety of forms taught and practiced in classes and training.
Like capoeira, maculélé is an Afro-Brazilian dance form that disguises combat. Unlike capoeira, maculélé utilizes sticks and machetes in the combat play.
Maculélé - Drum
Youth student of Professora Amazonas playing the drum patterns for students practicing the maculélé movements.
Maculélé - Agogô
Youth student of Professora Amazonas playing the agogô for students practicing maculélé.
Students practice maculélé, an Afro-Brazilian dance form closely related to capoeira in Professora Amazonas’ children’s capoeira class.
Like the capoeira roda, maculélé is played in a circle that includes the dancers/players and the batería or drummers.
Student dancing with plastic machetes, practicing the Afro-Brazilian dance/combat form of maculélé
Practicing Maculélé with Machetes
When training, students playing maculélé break from the circle to practice their dance/combat in pairs.
Students in Professora Amazonas’ children’s class dancing maculélé, an Afro-Brazilian dance form closely related to capoeira.
Students dance maculélé in a circle, using their sticks to keep rhythm along with the drums.
Professora Amazonas instructs the students in her children’s capoeira class before beginning training.
Training Capoeira with Cavalo
Cavalo, a student of Professora Amazonas, member of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira and a Capoeira daddy, assists in the children’s class, helping to train youth ages 3-12, including his two children.
Capoeira is a martial art that is disguised as a dance form. Many of the combat movements used are kicks, which students in Professora Amazonas’ academy practice during classes.
Many aspects of capoeira, even combat training, bring joy and happiness to the students.
Professora Amazonas working with a group of students in her children’s class.
Professora Amazonas instructing students in her children’s class during a training session.
Capoeira Training - Family Time
Students in Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira training during Professora Amazonas’ children’s class. The students pictured here are siblings. Training as a family is encouraged in Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira.