Founded 2016

10+ years of experience and a transcontinental Capoeira career motivated Calado to create Dendê Arts in 2016. Calado has worked with Google inc., Exos Fitness, the Brazilian Cultural Center of Newark, and has performed at the Performing Arts Center of New Jersey.

Calado is a driven individual who is always searching for new ways to help his students. There is no topic he won’t study and research in the pursuit of developing himself and his students in a way that is effective, safe, and meets their goals.

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From Slavery to Liberation



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.