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João Pequeno and Oito Vidas practice drills for balance and precision at Professora Amazonas’ academy in Vauxhall, NJ.

Professora Amazonas leading her class through drills to warm up.

Professora Amazonas demonstrating drills to encourage precision in identifying and hitting a target.

Professora Amazonas of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira teaching her adult capoeira class.

The process of making cords requires concentration and a precise count on the number of folds in the yard being twisted to ensure that all cords are uniform and without bumps or kinks in the yarn.

Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira hand makes all cords given out at their annual batizado, the public ceremony, initiation and graduation for the group members.

New cordels (cords) ready for students who will be graduating at the 2020 Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira batizado. As more cords are made throughout the pre-batizado season, Professora Amazonas starts to leave them out during the children’s class to…

The process of making cords needs at least two people and a lot of patience. Here, Abelha steps in to hold the cord in place while Professora Amazonas smooths out a bump in the twist.

Professora Amazonas taking a knot out of the yarn in order to make a smooth cord. Capoeiristas try not to throw things away, but problem solve to have less waste.

Professora Amazonas begins making cords for GLDC’s annual batizado at least four months before the event. It is a long and tedious process to make the cords, not only because they represent hard work, dedication, responsibility, and community through…

Professora Amazonas and her student, Abelha, are working together to make cords for the 2020 Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira batizado.

The process of making cords is similar to the process of making twisted lanyard friendship bracelets, but on a much larger scale. It is always a happy moment when a cord comes out with a perfect twist.

Making cords for the annual batizado is a long process. Professora Amazonas uses her ingenuity, adapting a power drill with a hook attachment to speed the process up.

Every year, months before Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira’s annual batizado, Professora Amazonas starts hand making cords, with help from other members of the group.

The "playing" continues beyond the roda. In every group photo taken of GLDC, members make sure too always take one "funny face" photo.

After every demonstration, performance, and community event the members of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira, along with some of the participants of the events, capture the moment with a family photo.

The berimbau is the leader of the roda, setting the rules of the game, and the atabaque provides the pulse or the heartbeat.

Members of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira provide ambiance and energy in the roda by leading the rhythms and songs.

Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira engages the community in the art of capoeira, getting the audience out of their seat to participate, learn and play.

One of the newest members of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira, Goku is working toward his first cord. He was invited to participate in the Tuscan School Culture Night performance, demonstrating what he has learned to the public with confidence and…

Professora Amazonas playing the berimbau and leading the roda. The berimbau's rhythms are what set the rules of the game.

Members of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira play capoeira in the roda, demonstrating kicks and defensive movements.

Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira sharing art and culture with the community. Members of GLDC often participate in community events at schools, libraries and other community organizations to share, demonstrate, and play capoeira.

Members of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira playing in the roda. Multi-level students work together cooperatively to demonstrate their art to members of the community.

Members of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira demonstrating their art to members of the community for Culture Night at Tuscan Elementary School in Maplewood, NJ.
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