Archive for March, 2011

As part of a Brazilian Cultural Event held at Catholic University in DC, Contra Mestre Bomba and a few students from Capoeira Barro Vermelho DC were asked to do a demonstration and give a talk about the origins of Capoeira, it’s traditions and Brazilian culture. Here are a few videos from the event, in case you missed it.

This video shows the traditional way a Berimbau is made by hand using wood, a gourd and some hand tools.

Here is a video showing Contra Mestre Bomba and Pete playing capoeira.

This video shows “malicia” or “mandinga”, an often misunderstood element of capoeira that uses trickery and deception to gain an advantage over an opponent.

In this video we see another example of trickery on an opponent.

Afterwards Contra Mestre Bomba gave a talk on Capoeira, then gave a beginner lesson to several volunteers.

And what Brazilian cultural event would be complete without a little samba?

Although Capoeira isn’t nearly as popular as other dance forms such as salsa and hip hop, we are proud that it was a runner up in the Washington City Paper’s Best of DC poll. In the reader-selected poll, Capoeira came in 3rd place as one of the top dance classes in DC.  Classes can be taken at All Souls Church in Columbia Heights or at BTI Dance Studio in the heart of Dupont Circle (formerly the Joy of Motion Dance Studio).   View the Capoeira Class Schedule for more information about our DC Capoeira Classes.


What makes this vote so great is that although capoeira  class is a great  way to dance, you’ll also learn a martial art, learn to play music and get the best workout of your life as you ginga, kick and esquiva your way to total fitness.  See you in the Roda!

Readers Poll

Best Dance Class 2011

3rd Place

Sunday’s classes will be cancelled because it’s Bomba’s daughter’s birthday.   Tommorow’s Saturday class is still on, and next weekend the regular schedule will resume.

There will be a Capoeira Demo this week as part of Catholic University’s International Week.  The announcement is below, it is being organized by Catholic University and the DC Portuguese Language Meetup Group.  I hope you all can make it.



Capoeira Contra-mestre Bomba, from Barro Vermelho Capoeira group, is going to show some Capoeira moves and offer the audience the rare opportunity to see live how a berimbau ( the rustic instrument made with a gourd and a steel wire) is made.

Capoeira is the African-Brazilian martial art disguised as a dance and performed to traditional songs, drums, hand claps, tambourine and berimbau. A tradition that was taught orally by the Africans who where brought to Brazil as slaves, and evokes freedom and strength.

March 24, 7:50 – 8:30 pm Samba workshop Brazilian Samba is going to take over CUA when Zeze Zax teaches a basic level workshop on one of the varieties of Samba, the most famous Brazilian rhythm. She is a well known professional in the Washington/DC area, who offers Samba dance instruction in a regular basis, leads a troupe of Samba dance performers, and hosts a Brazilian music radio program on WPFW, on Sundays evenings.

March 24, 8:30 – 9 pm WPLM Meet Up / Group conversation. The members of the Washington Portuguese Language Meet Up will have the opportunity to discuss Samba and Capoeira in Portuguese, with the masters/instructors and Portuguese language specialists, improving their cultural knowledge on the topics and learning the related vocabulary. Besides, of course, the vibrant environment that our interactions produce and that never fails to make us feel relaxed to make new friends, speaking in Portuguese!

Where: The Catholic University of America Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, (better known to the community as ?The Pryz building?)

620 Michigan Ave., N.E. Washington, D.C. ( the specific room # at the building will be posted by the entrance on the day of the event.

How to get there: For a Catholic University campus map, click on the link below The closest metro station is the Brookland/ CUA on Red Line. The parking is free along Harewood Rd.,NE, and in the Basilica of National Shrine of Imaculate Conception visitors parking, on the same road. There is, also, plenty of metered parking on John McCormack Rd. NE.

Hey All! Cafe Atlantico is doing Carnaval celebration next week.  It will have a Free tasting of cachaça, a special Brazilian spirit produced from raw sugarcane, featuring cachaça from Leblon and Novo Fogo, and *SAMBA *from Zezeh Brazil, who teaches dance classes at Bloombars and performs with her dance group at many events.  It will be on Friday, March 4, 4-6 PM

There will also be A demonstration and workshop of capoeira, the national martial art of Brazil, from Contra-Mestre Bomba on Sunday, March 6, 3-4 PM

I hope you all can it!