605 East Sixth Street Tucson Arizona USA
Capoeira Tucson is home to our group Capoeira Mandinga Tucson, founded in 1996 by Anne Pollack (Mestra Luar do Sertão). With over 30 years of experience, she continues to lead, teach and direct our group in Afro-Brazilian capoeira, dance, music techniques, etiquette, history and philosophy. Our Capoeira Mandinga Tucson group is part of the worldwide Capoeira Mandinga group that is directed and guided by Mestre Marcelo Pereira, the third capoeira master to bring capoeira to the United States. Capoeira is a thrilling, expressive Afro-Brazilian art form that is fun for kids, teens and adults. It was started over 450 years ago by Africans enslaved in Brazil as a means to train and fight for freedom. After centuries of oppression, in 2014 capoeira was officially recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and is the second most popular sport in Brazil. Capoeira combines martial arts, dance, gymnastics and music that includes percussion instruments, rhythms and songs. Originally, elements of dance, song and percussion were interwoven into capoeira to disguise training to fight for freedom by making it appear as a game of dance and music. Today, capoeira is a challenge that creates full-body fitness and a path for self-expression.