- 246 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018
The foundation offers a range of outreach activities to public school students, including workshops, lecture-demonstrations in capoeira and Afro- Brazilian dance.
Capoeira is a form of martial arts developed surreptitiously by Brazilian slaves in the 1700s. At that time, practitioners, in order to train, had to pretend they were dancing in order to practice their kicks and blows. Thus there is a mature style of capoeira music that grew along with the martial arts culture. The Capoeira Foundation was founded to promote Afro-Brazilian cultural forms—particularly dance and music—through its educational, presenting and producing activities. The foundation supports DanceBrazil, a professional company of contemporary and traditional dancers and musicians. It also commissions new work, sponsors residencies and documents Afro-Brazilian cultural life.