Dance can express what words cannot, whether it's the triumphant joy in a football player's post-touchdown pirouette or the passionate tango used to notify roommates that the basement is flooding. Transmit tidings through rhythmic moves with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get three drop-in capoeira, batucada drumming, or Afro-Brazilian dance classes at Capoeira Batuque Santa Barbara (a $60 value).
Each fast-paced Capoeria Batuque class schools pupils in the rhythmic techniques and cultural significance of traditional Afro-Brazilian dance forms. Capoeira—considered Brazil's second national sport—fuses martial-arts techniques with the rhythmic and collaborative elements of dance. Under the tutelage of consummate capoeirista Mariano Silva, participants can avoid coercing their bodies into shape with the silent treatment by employing stylistic combat maneuvers, which weave in aerial acrobatics and various instruments. The Afro-Brazilian Dance class calibrates hip swivels to movements that fuse traditional African dance with Brazilian moves, and the Brazilian batucada drumming course lets clients try their hand or fourth toe at banging timbaus, repiniques, and other Brazilian drums. Participants are free to mix and match three classes to their musically pulsating heart's content; check the schedule to plan your class.
Capoeira Batuque Santa Barbara
Mestre Mariano Silva, a dancer and student of the Brazilian martial art capoeira, has always believed that "if you can walk, then you can dance." This positivity permeates everything he does, from his work with underprivileged youth to his time professionally dancing. It was this contagious optimism that caught the attention of master Amen Santo in Brazil, who invited him to tour globally with the renowned Ballet Folclorico do Brasil. As it turned out, Mariano was a huge hit, playing to sold-out crowds all over the world. His skill and popularity on the stage led Amen to convince him to relocate to Southern California and bring his passion for Afro-Brazilian dance to the States. Today, Mariano owns Capoeira Batuque Santa Barbara along with the Brazilian Cultural Arts Center of Santa Barbara, sharing his talents and affirmative worldview with adults and children through a slew of classes and community-outreach programs.
Each of mestre Mariano's fast-paced classes introduces pupils to the rhythmic techniques and cultural significance of traditional Afro-Brazilian dance forms. Capoeira—considered Brazil's second national sport—fuses martial-arts techniques with the rhythmic and collaborative elements of dance. He teaches stylistic combat maneuvers, which weave in aerial acrobatics and various instruments. During his Afro-Brazilian dance class, he'll calibrate students' hips to swivel to movements that fuse traditional African dance with Brazilian moves, and in his Samba classes, he introduces students to the history, culture, and traditions inextricably linked to each movement. He also lets dancers try their hand or fourth toe at banging timbaus, repiniques, and other Brazilian drums in the Brazilian batucada drumming course.
5370 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara, California 93111