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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.