Goldstein, Michael

Goldstein, Michael

Michael Goldstein
Master of Capoeira Angola, Republica Federativa do Brasil, Associacao Brasileira Cultural de Capoeira Angola Palmares

Practicing capoeira for over 32 years, I studied with many great capoeira masters in the US and in Brazil including Jelon Vieira and Bira Almeida. As a disciple of Grand Master Norival Moreira de Oliveira, AKA Mestre No, I became the first North American capoeira master. I am the head instructor at the New York Capoeira Center, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, offering daily classes, hosting special events, performances and international festivals. Our capoeira group is Capoeira Angola Quintal (CAQ), with chapters in Upstate NY, San Francisco, Boston, and N. Carolina. I supervise and train the teachers and students of CAQ in practicing and growing “Mindful Capoeira,” emphasizing proper conditioning, simple movements, flowing, cooperative games and respect for ones’ opponents.

I am committed to sharing and making capoeira accessible to people of all ages and abilities, to growing a fun capoeira practice that develops fit and healthy bodies, sharp minds, and promotes an inclusive community.
Courses Taught:
Capoeira Practices

Research Interests:
Traditional capoeira
Capoeira art
Instrument crafting
Silk Screen
Professional Affiliations:

Afro Brazil Arts (ABA), Executive Director

ABA is non-profit organization introducing capoeira through performances and classes, to thousands of youth each year in schools throughout New York area.

Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
Courses and workshops at schools, colleges and cultural institutions including Sarah Lawrence, Julliard School, Johns Hopkins University, Guggenheim Museum, City Center
Performances at Symphony Space, National Democratic Convention, Finger Lakes Grass Roots Folk Festival
Songs of the Capoeira Roda, CD and songbook in English and Portuguese
Cultural Development Fund Grant for Children’s Capoeira Festival, Teaching Artist Seminar

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