Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that combines the potency of fight, the fluidity and expressiveness of dance and acrobatics, the soul-calling power of music and the joyfulness of children at play. Developed over 400 years ago by descendants of African slaves and Brazilian natives, capoeira is a dialogue between two players - a conversation through movement where their actions and reactions form anything from a pleasant conversation to a shifty debate.
The Fundamentals of Capoeira Flow and Dance is a beginner’s class, where we will learn the basic movements of capoeira and flow them into your personal dance. We’ll begin with an axé (pronounced“Ash-eh” and meaning “life source”) yoga stretch, followed by playful ground movement, arm balances and acrobatics. We’ll then flow into kicks, rolls, escapes, and partner work and wrap up the class with free play and capoeira dance to live Brazilian percussion.
Robert (aka “Nômade”, his capoeira nickname, which translates as “Nomad”) began his capoeira journey in 1999 when he took his first classes with Mestre Marcos Gytauna of Capoeira Topazio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He then followed his heart and the drums to Brazil where he backpacked throughout the country for one year while training with dozens of capoeira masters, including Mestre Jamaica and Mestre Bamba. His path then led him to New York City where he trained 1 year with Mestranda Edna Lima of Abada Capoeira, then to Arizona for 3 years with Profesora Borboleta of Capoeira Brasil, next to Mexico City for 4 years with Contra-Mestre Cigano of Longe do Mar and finally 2 years in Los Angeles with Mestre Batata of Capoeira Besouro.
Robert additionally has a background in Vinyasa Yoga, Acro yoga, Salsa, and Samba, all to which he owes his playful approach and emphasis on dance in his capoeira instruction.