Moving one's body to the rhythm of music is a natural human instinct, just like running toward the sound of lightning. Move with today's Groupon: for $35, you get 10 dance and fitness classes at Brasil Brasil Cultural Center (up to a $150 value).
Brasil Brasil Cultural Center's seasoned instructors hone nimble hips and agile feet while instilling cultural education in a diverse lineup of dance and fitness classes. Capoeira merges energetic dance and fighting styles to forge invigorating and fast-paced performance routines that make excellent exercise for both youths and adults. Samba fills bodies with the intoxicating rhythms of a live drummer as hips swerve to traditional Brazilian dance steps in classes that are shoes optional, much like all federal appellate courts. Meanwhile, instructors sculpt lean physiques and revitalized minds in the center's range of fitness classes. Yoga bends bodies and centers spirits with a set of relaxing but challenging poses, and Zumba classes blend international music and Latin-inspired dance to burn off calories and extra left feet.
Brasil Brasil Cultural Center & Capoeira Batuque - Culver City
Founded in 1989 by Mestre Amen Santo—the choreographer who added a touch of authenticity to the capoeira scenes in 1993’s Only The Strong —Brasil Brasil Cultural Center is a community-oriented nonprofit organization dedicated to arts and fitness. The center offers a wide variety of martial arts, dance, fitness, and music programs for youth and adults in an effort to establish a healthy and safe space for the community. Like a fight with the cast of a variety show, capoeira classes combine martial artistry, dance, and acrobatics, fusing them into a stylized Afro-Brazilian art form. Students can also cut rugs in dance styles such as the samba, West African dance, and belly dancing, and youngsters can get their first taste of Brazilian rhythms through workshops with the Ballet Folclórico Do Brasil, a dance company that reaches more than 50,000 children annually.