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Capoeira Angola Quintal Rochester

Capoeira Angola Quintal Rochester

About Us

What is Capoeira?

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art, created by slaves and hidden through dance and music. Capoeira is played as a game between two practitioners inside of a circle of spectators, other capoeira players, and a band of musicians.


This beautiful and strong martial art came to be in the mid 1500s, when slaves were torn from Africa and shipped the newly discovered Americas. Under the watchful eye of the slave owner, capoeira appeared as a harmless dance and music. After the abolition of slavery in 1888, capoeira survived in the poorer neighborhoods (despite persecution from police) until it's legalization in the 1930s. 


Today, capoeira is celebrated and practiced around the world.


At Capoeira Angola Quintal Rochester, we practice a style of capoeira called "Mindful Capoeira" - learned, practiced and developed by our group's Master, Mestre Ombrinho. The following points distinguish "Mindful Capoeira" from other capoeira practices:

  • a way to learn and practice capoeira that promotes longevity and a lifelong practice 
  • use and mastery of capoeira's basic movements
  • developing intelligence over speed and force
  • emphasizing cooperation over competition
  • proper technique and control over violence–uncontrolled technique, physical contact and especially violence are not permitted
  • learning from the wisdom of the elder masters
  • accessible to people of all ages and abilities
  • building a supportive and inclusive community
  • celebrating freedom and diversity

Students practice the basic movement, ginga, in a class

Classes

Join us for our Adult Classes (ages 14-104):

Mondays & Thursdays

7:00-8:30pm


Our studio is located at 34 Elton Street, Studio #205, in Rochester's Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA). Free parking across the street.


All classes are open and accessible to everyone. Beginners welcome. 


Movements, music, and Brazilian culture make capoeira classes unique and challenging. There is grace, beauty, risk, reward, and danger. Capoeira can be played by everyone; strength and flexibility are not required - only a desire to learn!


Our Teachers

INSTRUTOR ESPIÃO:

Instrutor Espião is the lead capoeira instructor at the Capoeira Angola Quintal Rochester studio and has been training for over ten years.


MESTRE OMBRINHO:

Mestre Ombrinho (Michael Goldstein) began studying Capoeira in 1981. In 1987, he became a disciple of Grand Master Norival Moreira de Oliveira, Mestre Nô of Bahia and joined Capoeira Angola Palmares. Ombrinho became a master in 1996 under Mestre Nô. He has been teaching in New York since 1988, and is the head instructor at the New York Capoeira Center. He has graduated many fine practitioners and instructors, both men and women. Today he has many amazing teachers across the country in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and California.

Rochester Capoeira Monthly Open Roda

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

Our classes are open and accessible to everyone. Beginners welcome.


Located in Studio #205 (second floor).

Capoeira Angola Quintal Rochester

34 Elton St, Rochester, New York 14607, United States

Hours

Monday & Thursday: 7:00-8:30pm