Our biweekly general class is the main class we offer. It is geared towards adults, but we allow experienced youth ages 13 and up to participate after they consistently attend our Saturday youth class for a few months. If you are an adult beginner, you are welcome to attend our general class. We are always excited to see beginners at class and everyone is happy to help.
A typical class consists of both movement and music practice. The beginning of class usually involves a comprehensive warm-up session and is followed by some repetitive basic technical and conditioning movements on the ground and standing up. For the final part of the movement portion of class we typically practice sequences or reactions in a more improvised manner. We often step outside of this general pattern and engage in different ways of learning and experiencing for the purpose of enrichment and fun. We often train as a group, individuals, or in partner drills. The ultimate goal of our practice is to develop competency in the movements and ritual of Capoeira Angola. However we also promote and teach basic movement complexity, mobility, and strength for the health benefits and enjoyment of our members. Each class usually has a music learning and practice portion. During Mondays class group members play live music for the last half an hour of the beginners' class. We also practice the music during the Thursday and Saturday classes.
We also learn and practice Samba De Roda and Maculele. Samba de Roda is a traditional dance that originates from the Reconcavo region of Bahia Brazil and is considered to be the basis for modern samba. And Maculele is a stick dance that involves an improvisational interaction among the participants. These dances are lot of fun and contribute to the development of movement expression in Capoeira Angola practitioners.
What to Wear
You need athletic clothing that you can easily move around in. Long pants are required. Try to avoid, shorts, leggings, yoga pants and stretch pants. Some sort of dress pants are ideal. It is worth your investment to purchase a number of capoeira or white dress pants for our classes and events. Avoid running shoes or sandals. Flat soled martial arts shoes are best but any flexible athletic flat soled shoes will be good. Please also avoid tank-tops. A regular loose T-shirt is ideal. We have group t-shirts available for purchase and those are required for performances and formal rodas. If you have questions don't hesitate to contact us.