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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LDAN 2503
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian practice that uniquely combines self-defense, dance and fitness. One “plays” capoeira - rather than “dances” or “fights” - as capoeira was created as a martial art and disguised as a dance to hide its dangers from slave owners in Brazil. In this studio course, students explore capoeira in a challenging, yet safe, class that builds strength, flexibility, balance, agility, reflexes, and coordination. Playing capoeira with a Mestre, students learn the "ginga," a side-to-side swinging movement that is capoeira's base; the "au," a capoeira cartwheel with eyes on one’s opponent; and "Role," a roll from the ground to standing. Students learn how to play the game of capoeira, which emphasizes flow and dialogue between two players. The course also explores the importance of music in capoeira, and students practice singing in Portuguese. The course provides a supportive environment for the practice of mindful capoeira, welcoming those with prior capoeira experience, as well as total beginners.
Open to Undergraduate students.