ABOUT DENDÊ ARTS and CAPOEIRA CDO : NYC
ORIGINS OF DENDÉ ARTS and CDO:NYC
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. The goal of Dendê Arts is to expand the art of Capoeira through various services, classes, and (eventually) products
CDO:NYC (Cordão de Ouro : New York City)
This arm of Dendê Arts is the in person classes taught at our studio space. We provide classes for beginners and advanced students who want to learn the art of Capoeira. Along this journey, students will be challenged to become more active and improve their physical conditioning through the art of Capoeira.
CAPOEIRA CORDÃO DE OURO
Cordão de Ouro is our style of Capoeira. The Association of Capoeira Cordão de Ouro (CDO) was founded by Master Suassuna in 1967, together with Mestre Brasilia, a time when Capoeira was beginning to expand around the different cities of Brazil. CDO became a phenomenon in the world of Capoeira and quickly expanded outside of Brazil to Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa.
Today, Cordão de Ouro is praised for representing the sport of Capoeira and also for maintaining a very high technical level, interacting speed, agility, creativity, and musicality, without forgetting its roots.
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.
From Slavery to Liberation
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