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 (kăp′ō-ā′rə, kä′po͝o-ā′rä)
A martial art of Brazilian origin that is based around a rhythmic, dancelike movement.

[Brazilian Portuguese, perhaps from capoeira, cultivated field that has reverted to forest or scrubland (perhaps in reference to the origins of the martial art in gatherings held by slaves and poor rural communities), from Tupí kopu̯era (influenced by Tupí kaa, scrubland) : ko, clearing, agricultural field cleared in a forest : pu̯era, that once was.]


1. (Martial Arts (other than Judo & Karate) & Combat Sports) a movement discipline combining martial art and dance, which originated among African slaves in 19th-century Brazil
2. (Dancing) a movement discipline combining martial art and dance, which originated among African slaves in 19th-century Brazil
[C20: from Portuguese]
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He is also an acrobat and capoeirista, musician, composer and sound illustrator.
Harrop, who is a performer, choreographer and teacher, says the initial idea for the project came while she was in Brazil working on her MA and met capoeirista and musician de Vargas at the Senzala Capoeira Academy in Rio de Janeiro.
This is one of the big advantages for classical dancers, says Kamilah Turner, a ballet dancer turned capoeirista who is currently the sole American member of Dance Brazil.
The event will also feature the first visit to San Francisco in eight years by world-renowned capoeirista and ABADA-Capoeira founder Mestre Camisa, one of the largest capoeira organizations in the world.
If someone wants to wear a headscarf or an abaya, as long as they wear the uniform under it, they will be welcome in the capoeirista circle.
This kind of talk is very much counter to the spirit of Capoeira Angola, which is not competitive to the degree that Regional is and embodies the idea of capoeira as a way of life, a mode of thinking and being that encompasses every area of the life of a capoeirista.
It makes you forget all of that," said capoeirista Dennis Thomas, 22, gesturing to the outside.
It takes eight years for a Capoeirista to officially become a monitor or teacher.
A fearless capoeirista, Cricket bounces across the stage, launching his small, compact body into flight and flipping off double-triple somersaults or aerial turns.
A capoeirista is always positioned low and slightly crouched, both
The languid Agatha Olivieira, the lone woman in the company, stood out both as Oxum, the goddess of fertility, and in a love duet, Capoeira do Amor ("Capoeira of Love"), opposite capoeirista Jefferson Viana da Silva (a.
O cartaz que esta abaixo apresenta dois capoeiristas em acao e foi exposto ao publico nas estacoes de metro londrino e nas laterais e traseiras dos onibus da cidade.