Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Capoeira in WInter 2014

Happy 2014!

Movement Class: Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30 at WWU, in the Multipurpose Room of the Viking Union, starting on January 13th Music Class: Sundays on the ground floor of Bond Hall, starting on January 12th.

UPDATE: We were planning to have a beginners series on  Thursday evenings. Unfortunately, WWU denied our request for space at the last minute. Send us an email if you are still interested - we always welcome people of all levels at our practices!

Mark your calendars! January 18th we will participate in the annual Martin Luther King conference

Mestre Silvinho and others from Seattle will be joining us for a full day of activities:

WHATCOM COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S SYRE CENTER 10am: opening address to MLK Conference by Jay Julius of the Lummi tribe
10:30 to 11:30: music class with Mestre Silvinho
11:45 to 12:30 (or so): roda at the MLK conference

Break for Lunch

PRESENCE STUDIO (1412 Cornwall Avenue)
1:30 to 3:30: Capoeira workshop with Mestre Silvinho
4 to 5:30: Beginners' class / children's class


6:30pm: roda

All the events on January 18th will also be used to raise funds to help Treinel Daniel (from FICA-Oakland) pay for his recent medical expenses. We are suggesting a $10 donation for each class, or $25 to participate in the full days' activities.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Winter Pause (2013 edition)

SUNDAY, December 15th, there will be an end of the year celebration/roda/potluck in Seattle at the FICA studio, 803 King Street (a few blocks from the Amtrak Station), starting at 3pm and going until the evening lasts.
To mark the roda as "special", Mestre Silvinho has requested that people wear white pants and a white t-shirt to the roda. Special rodas in white (roda de branco) are often held for celebratory purposes; for example, here
A women's Bateria

Canjica and Robert playing the jogo de angola

An intergenerational community practice

Official capoeira classes in Bellingham will be on hiatus until Sunday, January 12th. On that date we will resume music classes. Because of the cold, we will be meeting on the ground floor of Bond Hall at WWU, at 11am. Regular movement classes will resume on Monday, January 13th in the Multipurpose Room of the Viking Union.

Also, mark your calendars because on Saturday January 18th we were invited to perform at the annual Martin Luther King Conference at lunch time - around 11:30pm.Mestre Silvinho will be joining us, and possibly we will have the special participation of Treinel Huu from FICA - Chicago.
We will probably schedule Other classes for that day to take advantage of Huu's presence.UPDATE (Dec 27th): Huu will not be joining us.

Treinel is a title given by the Mestres to recognize someone who they trust to teach classes independently, because they have learned a sufficient amount about the history, movements, music, and more broadly the culture of capoeira.
Huu is one of a small but growing number of women who has been recognized as a Treinel, after many years of training and studying under our Mestres. She is currently affiliated with FICA- Chicago.

Be safe, and go see 12 years a slave while you can.