ABOUT CAPOEIRA & DENDÊ ARTS

From Slavery to Liberation

CAPOEIRA

AN AFRO-BRAZILIAN MARTIAL ART

The history of capoeira is mysterious, however it likely begin in the 16th Century with the beginning of African slavery in Brazil. Although few historical records exist, there is a general consensus that Capoeira was created by the Afro-Brazilian slaves brought from Western Africa and was disguised as a dance to learn a form of self-defense that would not arouse the suspicion of their slave masters.

Capoeira uses the full range of the body's movement, engages a strong core, and employs its users creativity. Crawling, striking, evading, flowing,  jumping are all movements that push users of this art to challenge their minds and their bodies.

Capoeiristas (people who practice Capoeira) play with one another in a game of trickery where one tries to outsmart the other through their agile movements and  feats of balance and strength.

Capoeira is an important part of Brazilian culture and on November 26, 2014, capoeira was granted a special protected status as "intangible cultural heritage" by UNESCO.

ORIGINS OF DENDÉ ARTS

Founded 2016

Founded in 2016, Dendê arts was created to bring together artists who use their bodies as a way of self expression. These artists are dancers, martial artists, and other movers who need a space to collaborate and reach an eager audience. These artists come from various backgrounds and take advantage of our vast network of teachers and prospective students to spread their art in our community.