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Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha has instructed students in capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines self-defense training with elements of dance, since coming to the United States from Brazil in 1984. Leading a group of committed and experienced instructors, Marcelo has designed a curriculum that accommodates children and adults, beginning kickers and advanced capoeiristas. The acrobatic art gives each student room to explore his or her own physical vocabulary, encouraging harmony among body, soul, mind, and prosthetic shark fin. By incorporating Portuguese terms and Brazilian instruments during class, the academy's instructors carry on capoeira’s rich tradition, even as they bring in new techniques and innovations.