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Experience Brazil: Capoeira and Samba Classes in NYC

Experience Brazil: Capoeira and Samba Classes in NYC

By now, we know that Brazil is more than just soccer, models and tropical beaches. Besides the economics and politics of Brazil’s growth, in New York City alone, there is an increasing demand for authentic Brazilian cultural experiences such as language, dance and martial arts classes. Whether it’s practicing the traditional art of Capoeira or partying it up with the energetic dance style, Samba, we have the best classes in NYC to suggest:

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    Samba and Brazilian Fusion  -- Disabled (CS 9/18/15)
    Samba and Brazilian Fusion -- Disabled (CS 9/18/15)

    Mark Morris Dance Center

    Samba, the cultural symbol of Brazil, can be found everywhere, from the clubs (that’s right, no grinding!) to the nation's largest annual celebration, Carnival. You’ll become completely addicted to this energetic and whole-body dance, which this class breaks down into three basic steps. Embracing the country’s diverse culture, you’ll end up learning a choreography that integrates other popular Afro-Brazilian dance styles such as afoxe and axe. This class brings an added personal touch, emphasizing to feel the rhythm of the music through your body to truly tap into your dancing spirit. Now that’s immersion.

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    Capoeira - Trial Class
    Capoeira - Trial Class

    Nago Academy

    This is not your run-of-the-mill martial arts class. The minute you enter the class, you are completely engulfed in Brazil’s bright, high-energy and historically-rich culture. Originating in the slave trade in Brazil, where slaves disguised their martial arts training in the form a dance, Capoeira still holds true to its roots. This class will have you constantly moving, learning step by step the different movements common in Capoeira. And, simply by learning these different fundamental motions, you’ll also be able to pick up some Portuguese. Learn a completely unique side of the Brazilian culture, as you improve your own strength, reaction time, and flexibility.

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