Tuesday, September 17, 6:15-8:30 p.m. Opening Reception & Community Capoeira Class — no cost

(Location: Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020)

Please join us at a reception to kickoff our final celebration of 100 years of capoeira regional. The event will feature refreshments and a community capoeira class. All that is needed for class is your bare feet (no experience necessary). Come from work or come from the gym—everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, September 18, 6 - 7 p.m. Capoeira Acrobatics & Intro to Miudinho (for youth)

Wednesday, September 18, 7 - 9 p.m. Capoeira Acrobatics & Intro to Miudinho (Location: Brazilian—American Cultural Center, 3001 Sherman Ave., NW)


Contra Mestre Turbina, of Cordao de Ouro, will lead students through a sequence of acrobatic movements and teach part one of a sequence of the Jogo de Miudinho, or "Game of the Small.” The miudinho requires students to play closer, with smaller movements, and is a style of play developed by Mestre Suassuna, the founder of Cordao de Ouro.

Thursday, September 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. followed by refreshments (Location:  Ben’s Chili Bowl, 1213 U Street, NW)


Contra Mestre Turbina of Cordao de Ouro leads students in a sequence of the miudinho. This time, students will be challenged to "play small" on top of a table, as was the tradition with the miudinho. Ben's Chili Bowl will host us and allow us to use their tables for this unique expression of the art of capoeira and bring capoeira to the community. A reception will follow.

Vivencia with Mestre Nenel of Grupo Filhos de Bimba

Two day workshop with Mestre Nenel, the son of the founder of capoeira regional, Mestre Bimba, Arrive early on both days to warm up and be ready to start class at the time indicated.

Friday, September 20, (Location: Center City Public Charter School, 711 N St., NW)

6:30-8:30 p.m. Movement - Foundations of Regional and Rhythms

8:30-10:00 p.m. Berimbau Course with the 9 Rhythms from Mestre Bimba

Please bring your berimbau if you have one. We will have some on hand for those who need them.

Saturday, September 21 (Location: Center City Public Charter School, 711 N St., NW)

10:00 a.m.-12 p.m. Movement - Secundarios (Traumatizantes, Desequilibrantes e Projecoes) and Rhythms

12:30-2 p.m. Bate Papo (Conversation) with Mestre Nenel

Participants will be able to hear from and dialogue with Mestre Nenel regarding Bimba and the past and present story of capoeira regional, and discuss the work of the Filhos de Bimba capoeira school.

2:00 p.m. Batizado and Troca de Graduacoes and Open Rodas

8:00 p.m. FESTA!!! Location: The Brazilian—American Cultural Center 3001 Sherman Ave., NW)


Tuesday reception and class: No charge

Wednesday workshop: $10

Thursday workshop: $10

Friday workshops (2): $45
Saturday workshops (2): $50

Saturday batizado shirt and participation in batizado & open rodas: $25

Saturday workshops, batizado, shirt and rodas:  $65

Friday + Saturday:  $100

Sunday berimbau parade and rodas:  No charge

Entire event, Wednesday through Sunday:  $115

Saturday Churrasco (Brazilian BBQ) After Party (includes food and beverages—please notify us in advance if you are vegan/vegetarian): $15

Capoeiristas from Professor through Mestre are complimentary; please email to register your participation.

Spectators-No Charge (Tax deductible donations appreciated)

*Due to support from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities we are able to offer lower prices for several of the community capoeria classes.

Honored Guests


Mestre Nenel

Manoel Nascimento Machado (Mestre Nenel), was born on September 26, 1960 in the city of Salvador da Bahia. The son of Manoel dos Reis Machado (Mestre Bimba) – creator of Capoeira Regional – and Berenice da Conceição Nascimento, he was raised by Alice Maria da Cruz (known as Mãe Alice). As a young child, Nenel spent many of his days in his father’s capoeira school, the Centro de Cultural Física Regional. It was here that he took his first steps in capoeira, graduating in 1967 with many of his brothers. Mestre Bimba had begun to use capoeira in a way that differed dramatically from his predecessors: he saw it as an educational practice that could help children become respected adults with a place in society. This idea was revolutionary at a time when capoeira was equated with a poor, marginalized population of predominately black men. Mestre Bimba’s example was followed by many others who grasped its educational potential, and capoeira enjoyed a surge of popularity as it was brought into the larger society. In 1972, Mestre Bimba and his family moved to the city of Goiânia in the state of Goiás, where he died on Feburary 5, 1974. Although some of his former students continued teaching in Brazil and abroad, they had begun to follow their own capoeira paths, adapting and changing Mestre Bimba’s Capoeira Regional to suit their own needs. Mestre Bimba’s work was not taken on by anyone for a long time. Nenel, like many of his brothers and sisters, worked in many different occupations trying to make ends meet. Then, in 1975, he heard the call of capoeira. Despite many difficulties, Nenel moved to Brasília where he founded his first academy, the Associação de Capoeira Mestre Bimba Filho. Mestre Nenel returned to Bahia in September of 1977 and began competing in capoeira championships, as well as playing street capoeira and performing in folkloric shows, even as he continued working various jobs. Then, in 1984, he was given the job of administering classes at Mestre Moise Sucuiba’s academy. During those two years, his desire to found a new academy entirely committed to the preservation and promotion of his father’s work was born. This gave new meaning to his life. His vision finally became reality when, on June 10, 1986, he founded the Associação de Capoeira Filhos de Bimba based in the Fitness Academy of Genivaldo Garcia, neighbourhood of Amaralina in Bahia. He later changed the name to Filhos de Bimba Escola de Capoeira because he felt the word Escola (School)made more sense to his work than Association. In 1989, Nenel was invited to participate in an educational project at the School of Arts and Trades, where he transferred the Filhos de Bimba school. Many of Mestre Bimba’s old students began rallying around him, answering his invitation to work together to preserve Bimba’s Capoeira Regional. Mestre Nenel’s work began to take off as he gained recognition both in Brazil and abroad as a reference for Capoeira Regional.


Contra Mestre Turbina