|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Getting There |||Bus #9, #8|
|Cross Street |||Brunswick (just past Kingsway)|
|Vary depending on class schedule|
Profile Last Updated: August 20, 2008
Capoeira is a mixture of martial arts, dance, and acrobatics formed in Brazil 400 years ago by slaves as a means of empowerment. Now it is an art form representative of Brazilian culture brought to Vancouver in 1990 by Aché Brasil founder Mestre Eclilson de Jesus. The Capoeira Aché Brasil Academy offers classes for both children and adults at all levels, as well as samba dance classes and acrobatics classes. All classes are run on a drop-in basis, so you can come whenever your schedule allows. Visitors are also welcome to watch a class before trying it out.
The Capoeira Aché Brasil Academy is about more than learning new skills. It is also a community that you can take part in. Every summer the school organizes a camping trip for students and their families where music, dancing, and (of course) capoeira are practiced. Every year there is also a graduation ceremony called Batizado for students who have advanced to the next level.
When Mestre Eclilson de Jesus brought capoeira to Vancouver (as well as Calgary and Osaka, Japan) he also created performance troupes to bring capoeira and a bit of Brazilian culture to different parts of the world. So if trying capoeira out for yourself is a little too intimidating, check out one of their local performances in theatres, at festivals, and concerts. Special performances geared towards children are also available. Check out the website to find out when their next performance is, or for booking information.