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Capoeira

Introduction to Capoeira basics, focused on balance, stretching, and strengthening.

Practitioners “play” Capoeira for various personal reasons; as a way to free the mind, body, and soul. In addition, capoeira is a great tool to release tension, improve balance, strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Capoeira has become apart of the global community and I designed this class, after years of teaching in Latin America, the U.S., Europe and Asia, with performers in mind.

During the eight-week course students will explore body awareness through capoeira music, percussion and call and response chants. The course is specifically designed to release body tension while connecting with the inner self, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  We will be exploring movement in relation with the four fundamental elements of nature: earth, water, air, and fire.  

 As we immerse ourselves in the world of Capoeira, I will help you free and connect with your body through a variety of challenging movements. I am committed to creating a safe and mindful environment in which each participant will be worked with according to her or his individual focus and goals.

Mark Dacascos

Actor

Joy, excitement, fun, and freedom, is what I feel when taking a Capoeira class from Mestre Amen Santo. I've been a student of his for over 28 years and he always holds a safe and inspiring space to train in teaching with passion, patience, and kindness. Everything he teaches he can do expertly himself; sing, play instruments, and move with balletic grace and martial lethality. He's amazing. Learning from Mestre Amen has enriched my life. If you get the opportunity to learn from him, take it.
Mark Dacascos

Suzanne Fagan

Actor

Mestre Amen is awesome! I was in the best shape of my life when I took his class. Being from a dance background, I really gravitated toward capoeira. Because of its dance elements, the class went by so fast and was incredibly fun. I felt graceful and strong for the first time. Mestre Amen is patient with beginners and his belief in the art of capoeira is infectious. It’s a whole lifestyle for him dealing with strength and mindfulness and you can’t help but walk out of his class feeling balanced.
Suzanne Fagan
  • Amen's Bio

    Meet your Instructor

    Mestre Amen Santo is the Executive Director of Brasil Brasil Cultural Center and the founder and lead Master teacher of Capoeira Batuque, a world-renowned Capoeira group. Born and raised in Salvador Bahia, Mestre Amen was exposed to Capoeira, Drumming, and Afro-Brazilian Dance from a young age and began practicing Capoeira at the age of Seven in his neighborhood streets. Discovering his natural abilities for Capoeira, he quickly caught the eyes of major dance company directors who hired him to travel the world performing for their dance companies. In 1985, he was invited to perform at the Carnegie Hall in NYC and this was the beginning of his journey in the United States Read More

    Amen Santo

    Instructor

Weekly Breakdown

Each week will consist of one, 3-hour session.

  • 01
    Class Access: Located in 'My Dashboard'
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    • Step 1: Welcome!
    • Step 2: Getting Your Bearings
    • Step 3: Virtual Class Best Practices
    • Step 4 : A Technical Note
  • 02
    Week 1
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    • Introduction to capoeira basics, focused on balance, stretching, and strengthening. (Earth)
  • 03
    Week 2
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    • Introduction to capoeira basics, focused on balance, stretching, and strengthening. (Earth)
  • 04
    Week 3
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    • Ground movements, connecting them without losing the flow, Listening, and communicating with the body, nonverbal organic responses. (Water)
  • 05
    Week 4
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    • Ground movements, connecting them without losing the flow, Listening, and communicating with the body, nonverbal organic responses. (Water)
  • 06
    Week 5
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    • Physical improvisation, staying connected moment to moment, paying attention to emotional behavior, mind, emotion, and thoughts. (Air)
  • 07
    Week 6
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    • Physical improvisation, staying connected moment to moment, paying attention to emotional behavior, mind, emotion, and thoughts. (Air)
  • 08
    Week 7
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    • Overcoming mental blocks, becoming aware of your body in space, connecting with others and moving decisively with a sense of a purpose. (Fire)
  • 09
    Week 8
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    • Overcoming mental blocks, becoming aware of your body in space, connecting with others and moving decisively with a sense of a purpose. (Fire)

Testimonials

“I am not a student of capoeira per se but I am a student of Brazilian culture. Amen Santo is an ambassador of that culture. He embodies it. He brings it to Europe, Asia, and many places in the U.S. He is a rare combination of athlete, musician, educator, and spiritual seeker/guide.”

Actor/ Educator

Peter Lownds

“It is my pleasure to recommend Mestre Amen Santo... In the time that I have known Mestre Amen, I have learned so much about creativity in combination with respect, reverence and professionalism. I trust his leadership and enjoy the beautiful energy he brings in everything he teaches, as well as the awe he inspires through this art, in movement, culture and in the energy of bringing people together in connection and joy.”

Student

Lylah Jarvis

“Mestre Amen has been in the industry for a number of decades, and his background in the performing arts is an added bounce to his teachings of Capoeira. Capoeira is physically demanding and is a great requirement for any actor looking to take their acting to the highest levels.Capoeira is movement based martial art that improves listening skills through sound, sight, and physicality. It also improves other key elements for the actor such as concentration, coordination, flexibility, balance, presence, spacing, and body awareness. Another hidden bonus of Capoeira is that it improves improvisational skills as you gain experience in the movements, and start playing the game with partners. Capoeira is recommended for any actor who is looking to stay physically fit, while unexpectedly enhancing their acting ability”

Actor

Maurice Shaw

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