All of the classes offered by Centro Capoeira Angola OuroVerde Flagstaff are given by Professor Avi Henn. Our group mentors Mestre Cabello and Mestra Tisza often visit and provide week long workshops and activities. Our kids class is thought by Avi and Moran Henn with assistance from advanced youth students. Below is information about Professor Avi, Mestre Cabello, and Mestre Tisza.
Professor Avi Henn has been dedicated to practicing and learning the art of Capoeira for over 15 years. He is a student and teacher of the whole art of Capoeira Angola including movement, music, dance, history, and philosophy. Avi started teaching Capoeira 8 years ago when he founded the Capoeira Amizade group here in Flagstaff Arizona. In January 2015 Avi was recognized as a "Professor" of Capoeira Angola under the mentorship of Mestres Cabello and Tisza of the Centro Capoeira Angola OuroVerde in Serra Grande Bahia. In his class Avi emphasizes healthy body mechanics, movement competency, music, and the rituals of Capoeira Angola. He also regards and explores Capoeira Angola as a tool for self awareness, enrichment and empowerment. Professor Avi seeks to increase awareness of Capoeira Angola in Arizona and the United States. He believes that Capoeira Angola is one of the best tools for modern people to maintain a connection to basic human needs such as movement, music, ritual, and community.
Born in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil, Mestre Cabello dedicates his life to the rhythms, instruments, songs and dances of the Afro-Brazilian culture. Mestre Cabello has been practicing Capoeira since 1980’s performing and teaching around the world since 1990. A professional Capoeira Angola teacher with more than 30 years experience, he is proud to be a student and senior practitioner under the world famous master Mestre João Grande. He also studies Afro-Brazilian rhythms and dance as a disciple of Professora Emilia Biancardi and master drummer Jorge Alabê. Currently Mestre Cabello directs both the OuroVerde cultural farm and the Barracao D'Angola cultural center in Serra Grande Bahia Brazil, where he promotes Brazilian culture creation, presentation, education, and preservation. His aim and life mission is to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for Capoeira Angola, use cultural knowledge and practices to preserve the natural environment, assure bright sustainable future for local children through artistic and social development, and to promote grass root, local social and economic community development. Twice a year Mestre Cabello organizes the international event called DanceBatukeira where he hosts practitioners and teachers from around the world. In the 23rd DanceBatukeira January 2015, Mestre Cabello graduated six Professors of Capoeira Angola. He now has representatives in five different locations including in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Mestre Tisza began Capoeira in 1981 with Mestre Garrincha and soon after started performing with folkloric groups. Tisza was part of the first female group in Brazil to perform at the National Capoeira Meeting in Rio de Janeiro (1984). It was the first time in world history that Capoeira Masters had seen women together doing everything in Capoeira: music, games , drums, and Maculele. Tisza started teaching Capoeira in 1987 and moved Europe in 1991 where she thought Capoeira in Paris and later Amsterdam. In 1992 she did the first Capoeira workshop in Bratislava, Slovakia, introducing Capoeira to the country for the first time at the National Dance and Theatre School. In 1993 Tisza moved to Boston (USA) and started teaching at MIT University. In August of 1994 she decided to move to NYC and practice Capoeira Angola with Mestre João Grande. In the world of Capoeira Mestre Tisza is considered one of the few of the 1st generation of Capoeira women in Brazil and has dedicated her whole life to work with Capoeira. She now directs both the OuroVerde cultural farm and the Barracao D'Angola cultural center in Serra Grande Bahia Brazil, where he promotes Brazilian culture creation, presentation, education, and preservation. Twice a year Mestre Tisza organizes the international event called DanceBatukeira where she hosts practitioners and teachers from around the world. In the 23rd DanceBatukeira January 2015, Mestre Tisza graduated six Professors of Capoeira Angola. She now has representatives in five different locations including in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States.