Saturday, June 9 there will be no morning classes. Join us at 4:15 pm at FICA 733 Euclid St., NW for a free capoeira workshop (first 25 people are guaranteed entry) with Mestre Tonho Materia and Mestre Bomba.
Tonho Matéria Manganga from Salvador, Bahia and Olodum fame will teach a workshop on puxada de rede. Puxada de rede is a folkloric play that is traditionally presented as part of a capoeira performance. It depicts the life of fishermen, a significant profession for Afro-Brazilian men who and a part of the culture of capoeira. Workshop is $25 per person. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for group discounts. The workshop will be in the church's gymnasium, entrance is on O Street, NW and free publich parking opens on 16th St at 6:30. Click here to purchase:
About Mestre Tonho Materia: Antonio Carlos Gomes Conceição, Mestre Tonho Matéria — is the first artist to put capoeira in musical shows — founded the Cultural Association of Capoeira Mangangá. At 12 he decided he wanted to be a capoeirista, as he used to see many rodas de capoeira in street festivals in Salvador, especially the Mestre Caiçara’s capoeira, which years later he constantly attended. Currently, he develops a social work with capoeira in the neighborhood where he was born, Pau Miúdo, with more than 400 children, teenagers and adults. The group has seven branches throughout the city of Salvador. Aside from his work as a capoeirista, Mestre Tonho Materia is a prolific composer and has at various intervals fronted the Bahian Carnaval band and Afro Bloco, Olodum, which gained international recognition after recording with Michael Jackson. Mestre Tonho Materia has recorded with internationally known Bahian stars including Daniela Mercury and Terra Samba, to name a few, and has recorded numerous capoeira and Carnaval albums. He is an expert in the folk dances associated with capoeira and promises a challenging, engaging and culturally stimulating workout.
Click on the calendar on our website to sign up for 15 minute assessments with Mestre Bomba. Assessments are offered on Tuesday, March 27, Tuesday, April 3, or Saturday, April 7. All those with cords must complete an assessment. Other students are encouraged to do so. See details in the March 26 newsletter.
Saturday, February 24, schedule change: Adult Classes are at 2 pm and 3 pm in advance of our 4:30 pm open roda. There are no adult morning classes.