(redirected from Capoeria)
Also found in: Encyclopedia.


 (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]
References in periodicals archive ?
Refugees children presented a mime drama depicting the lives of refugees, capoeria performance and cultural songs to mark this year's world refugees day.
From Nursery to Year 6, children were immersed in such things as Samba percussion workshops, Capoeria dancing, learning about Brazil, speaking Portuguese, cookery and food tasting, making ags and masks, football skills and a mini tournament.
The play's concept and realisation are ambitious and it certainly has its moments: beautiful exchanges of poetic dialogue, a very memorable Capoeria performance, and dance performances with soothing Brazilian music.
Two Israeli brothers, Miki, 24, and Yehuda Hayat, 20, hailing from the ultra-Orthodox community of Bnei Brak near Tel-Aviv, have taken up the Brazilian martial art of Capoeria, and are teaching others in their community.
his busy day is capped off with Afternoon Enrichment courses that typically include such topics as book clubs, phonics, jewelry making, Capoeria [a Brazilian martial art combining music and dance], musical theater, basketball, woodworking, and chorus.
Bollywood, Khatak and Capoeria workshops will be running on Saturday with Bollywood, salsa and belly dancing sessions on Sunday.
Filled with three hours of fun and frolic, a dynamic group of Mexican Capoeristas staged a thrilling performance of Capoeria, an Afro Brazilian art that combines elements of martial arts, dance, music and choreographed fights.
Add to this an Americana weekend, exhibitions, film screenings, family activities, salsa, steel pan and capoeria workshops, daily Playing the Building musical tours and a celebration of an eighth bridge across the Tyne by Australian artists, Bambuco.
Spotlight Performance, Presentacion de la Capoeria, 2 p.
Cada emision sera construida sobre la base de un tema central que sera el hilo conductor y servira para hablar de: cocina, moda, arquitectura y decoracion, los espectaculos, arte, deporte, cursos de cocina, o clases de capoeria, salsa y tango.
A Corps Ouverts: Changement et echange d'identites dans la Capoeria et le contact improvisation".
CAPOERIA: The Capoeira Arts Cafe in Berkeley and Capoeria San Jose in San Jose have also stimulated interest in the Afro-Brazilian martial art and dance.