Instructor Calado
Founder of Dende Arts

Hey! My name is Calado. I am a Capoeira teacher, and I want to double the speed that you learn and double the quality of the information you receive about Capoeira. I do this through my blog, my Youtube channel, and through my classes.

I started training since 2007, and fell in love with the super-human movement, the flow, and the excitement of playing in the roda. Although I work as an Engineer, I've poured countless hours into creating an environment where people who work (like me) can integrate Capoeira into their lives. I've been able to do so and want to help you do the same.

Capoeira takes hard work, and that's why I support my students in every way that I can. Looking forward to seeing you in the class, and in the roda.

Partners we've worked with

We've had the pleasure of working with great partners. We have hosted classes at Google Inc. in Mountain View California, and New York. During the summer months, we've hosted Capoeira intro sessions at Bryant Park. Our articles have been published by UNESCO. We've even played a small part in a piece at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

The #1 rated Capoeira school in NJ

Our interview with Telemundo!

Featured on Unesco ICM insight

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Our Capoeira Iineage

Mestre Cebolinha

Our Mestres is Mestre Cebolinha, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In 2012, Mestre Cebolinha began teaching Capoeira classes in Newark, New Jersey and one year later, in 2013, the Brazilian Cultural Center of Newark was created. Mestre Cebolinha is the head instructor and Director of the Brazilian Cultural Center of Newark. Ronaldo has 20+ years experience practicing Capoeira.

What is Capoeira?

The history of Capoeira is very mysterious. Nobody knows exactly the who created the art, how it was developed, or why it was created. What we do have a legend that serves as the origin story of Capoeira. As the story goes, Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art that was created by the enslaved Africans in Brazil as a way to defend themselves and was disguised as a dance through music and dance-like movements.

in the 1932, Mestre Bimba, a renown Capoeira fighter began developing a system to teach self defense through Capoeira, Since then, the Afro-Brazilian art has seen tremendous growth and can be found in all corners of the world. At Dende Arts, we honor the traditions of great Mestres who came before, and we continue to build on their contributions to the art. Capoeira is fun, it is something you can do at home, with friends, family, and with people you just met, all over the world. Mestre Pastinha said, “Capoeira é tudo que a boca come”, Capoeira is everything that the mouth eats. That’s Capoeira. 

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