Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Quarter 2016

We will be back to our regular practice time at 6pm in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room at WWU!
Mestre Silvinho playing berimbau in Red Square for Back to Bellingham in May of 2016
Chelsea Rae from Seattle joined us last spring to lead a class in the MPR
and she'll be back on September 26th!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer 2016

We're back to training in Boulevard Park... email for more details! We'll be back in the MPR in September!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2016 Afro-Brasilian Festival!

Brought to you with the generous support of:
WWU Dance Department
WWU Anthropology Department
WWU AS Activities Council
the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center
The Community Food Co-op

Saturday, June 4th:
1pm: Capoeira Angola Roda at the Bellingham Farmers' Market

6pm: Screening of of "From the Bottom Up", a film is about culture and revolutionary change in the Jequitinhonha Valley of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The tale is told from the perspective of artists, religious leaders, and educators in the town of Araçuaí. These cultural activists allied with indigenous communities, unions, and women’s organizations to transform a society that had been marked by centuries of slavery, ethnic cleansing, and extreme poverty. Legend has it that prostitutes, who stood up to a corrupt priest some 150 years ago, founded Araçuaí. They decided to relocate up river rather than tolerate his abuse. Many like to believe that this rebellious tradition is why Araçuaí became an epicenter of resistance from the bottom up. Location TBA.

Sunday June 5th: VU Multipurpose Room
10am: Capoeira Angola Movement Class with Mestre Silvinho
1pm: Capoeira Angola Music Class with Mestre Silvinho
2:15 pm: samba class with Dora Oliveira
3:30 pm: Cuban Salsa Class with Antonio Diaz
4:45 pm: Capoeira Angola Roda

Free for Students! $5/class for the general public.

Monday, March 7, 2016

See you in April!

WWU is going on Spring Break - regular monday night classes in the MPR resume on April 4th!

If you want some more capoeira in the meantime...

Saturday, January 2, 2016

ter seu dobrao no bolso...

keeping your own dobrao in your pocket: it's an angoleir@ thing.

My friend Marco Simonetti (below) has made dobroes for us in the past, and he just finished making the ones above!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Capoeira has introduced me to so many ideas... i had a wonderful session with master weaver Roberto Bottaini, from Pescia, Italy, as we attempted to make caxixis from materials that are indigenous to the specific region of Tuscany where i'm from.
They may not be optimal for the roda, but i learned a lot!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The struggle isn't over

On Tuesday November 24th, WWU cancelled classes because of racist threats made against students of color on social media. Meanwhile, five black lives matters activists were shot and wounded in minneapolis while attending a vigil protesting the Nov. 15 shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, by Minneapolis police officers. It's easy to say: solidarity! from behind a computer - just like it's easy to be an asshole and make threats from behind a computer screen. The real work can only be to redouble our efforts in real life. Look up the Bellingham Racial Justice Coalition. For more trivial things: our practices at WWU have ended for Fall Quarter. We will resume on Monday, January 11th, at 6pm in the Multipurpose room. For training information over break, email us at