This workshop is intended for children of primary school age.
For the post-primary / youth project version, please click HERE.
African in its origin and Brazilian in its evolution, capoeira is a unique art form that blends acrobatics, martial arts, music, dance, percussion, singing and tradition in a single mesmerising jogo (game). Team-taught by two facilitators, Capoeira in the Classroom provides a creative and comprehensive way for participants to exercise, learn a martial art, develop their sense of music and rhythm and be exposed to the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture while playing in a group and having fun!
Capoeira is played inside a circle of friends, clapping hands to the rhythm of traditional instruments that have been used since capoeira’s creation. Inside the circle of capoeira, participants learn to find their balance through the movements of capoeira and express themselves and their individuality in new ways. They learn about all the elements of capoeira, including music, song, instrument playing (berimbau, pandeiro and atabaque) and physical expression (using animal movements as a source of inspiration). They take part in this dynamic workshop as players, dancers, acrobats, musicians, singers and interactive spectators. In one word they become ‘capoeiristas’.
Capoeira in the Classroom is available on two levels. Level 1 is an introduction to all the elements of Capoeira. In level 2 (which requires that participants have taken the level 1 workshop) young people are taught how to combine the basic movements they learned in the previous workshop and are urged to let loose their creativity through music, song, instruments and body movements. Particular attention will be given to the learning and practice of acrobatics basics. In a single day, schools can avail of any combination of level 1 and level 2 workshops.
Teachers, who are asked to participate, will also be provided with suggested follow-up activities for classroom use.
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Comments from Teachers
'Capoeira in the Classroom is a brilliant opportunity for children to engage in music and movement in a new and exciting form. The children loved it, and the teachers were delighted with the content, which incorporates many aspects of the Revised Curriculum.'
– N. Nic Roibéaird, Scoil Neasáin, Baile Hearman, Dublin 5
'A highly successful, motivating and active workshop that encourages the children in learning about other cultures and traditions. A very exciting and energetic blend of music, dance and movement.'
– C. Ní Choimín, Mount Anville National School, Stillorgan
'The workshop integrated so many different elements of the curriculum – singing, percussion, PE, drama, dance.... I’d highly recommend it to all levels, even infants.'
– U. O’Neill, Cnoc Mhuire Junior National School, Tallaght
'This was a thoroughly enjoyable workshop for everyone involved, and the children benefited greatly from it. Thanks to Waltons and the Capoeira faciliators.'
– C. Murray, St. Mary's Boys National School, Rathfarnham
'An exciting and varied workshop enjoyed equally by students and teachers!'
– H. Brennan, Scoil Mhuire Senior National School, Dublin 15
'Learning first-hand about other cultures is very exciting. The facilitators' approach was gentle, positive and encouraging – with a smile!'
– S. Barry, Kilmacanogue National School
'Vibrant, interesting and easy to get involved in. Well-run, well-planned and safe.'
– L. Kavanagh, Our Lady of Lourdes National School, Inchicore
'Movement with a difference – well worth taking the time to explore. Can’t wait for the next session.'
– M. Curtin, St. Mary's Boys National School, Rathfarnham
Has your school or organisation taken this workshop? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Thank you.
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Workshop Options & Fees
4 X 1-HOUR WORKSHOPS
- Overall length 4 ½ hours (with 30-minute break)
- Participants Maximum 35 per workshop (140 in total)
- Fee €530 (additional fees apply to workshops outside the Dublin area)
- Discounted fee €477 (DEIS schools & registered charities)
- Approx. fee per student (35 per workshop) €3.79 | €3.41 (DEIS schools & charities)
3 X 1-HOUR WORKSHOPS
- Overall length 3 ½ hours (with 30-minute break)
- Participants Maximum 35 per workshop (105 in total)
- Fee €430 (additional fees apply to workshops outside the Dublin area)
- Discounted fee €387 (DEIS schools & registered charities)
- Approx. fee per student (35 per workshop) €4.10 | €3.69 (DEIS schools & charities)
2 X 1-HOUR WORKSHOPS
- Overall length 2 hours
- Participants Maximum 35 per workshop (70 in total)
- Fee €330 (additional fees apply to workshops outside the Dublin area)
- Discounted fee €297 (DEIS schools & registered charities)
- Approx. fee per student (35 per workshop) €4.71 | €4.24 (DEIS schools & charities)
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- Day/Date By arrangement
- Facilities needed Large classroom or hall, CD player, whiteboard/markers or blackboard/chalk
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Professor Sansão Maia has been training, studying and developing capoeira for over 17 years. He co-founded the Oficina da Capoeira Brazil group and worked with hundreds of children in the Projeto de Orientacao da Crianca pela Arte before arriving in Dublin in 2001. Over the past three years he has developed the Oficina da Capoeira Dublin group and introduced many other aspects of Brazilian culture to a wide audience, thanks to his regular classes, workshops, performances, radio interviews, and appearances on national television and in print. Under his guidance, the group has appeared in numerous street performances, dance festivals (Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, University of Limerick Festival of Traditional Dance, Drogheda Samba Festival, Latin Quarter Experience, Bloomsday celebrations), and theatres. He has also facilitated many workshops for the International Dance Festival of Ireland, The Ark and the Tallaght and Ballymun community centres, as well as schools, colleges and universities. Capoeira has brought him to Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Holland and England to facilitate workshops and to perform in festivals and gatherings.
Daniela Quaresima studied capoeira under Professor Sansão Maia and arrived in Ireland in 1999. With Prof. Sansão, she has given workshops and performances for schools, colleges, universities and community groups throughout the country. Together with the Mundo Capoeira Ireland group and supported by the Happy City Samba Band, she represented Brazil in welcoming the football star Pelè on his visit to Dublin. She has also performed at the Dublin Fringe Festival, Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, Dance Theatre of Ireland, International Dance Festival of Ireland, Drogheda Samba Festival, Ballina Salmon Parade, the Latin Quarter Experience, Spirasi Asylum Services Initiative, and at the Launch of the World Awareness Week organized by the National Youth Council of Ireland, just to name a few. She has also performed with several Dublin-based music groups such as De Jimbe, MaSamba and Afronova project in numerous festivals, has been training, studying and developing capoeira for almost 10 years. She is the co-founder of the Mundo Capoeira Ireland group and has introduced many other aspects of Brazilian culture to a wide audience, thanks to her regular classes, workshops, performances, radio interviews and appearances on national television.
Kleber de Souza studied capoeira in Brazil under Professor Sansão Maia and arrived in Ireland in 2009. With Prof Sansão, he has given numerous workshops and performances for schools, colleges, universities and community groups throughout the country. He holds his own classes in Bray and Cork.
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Booking & Enquiries
If you are interested in this workshop, please download and complete an Outreach Programme Booking & Enquiry Form (pdf format) and we will get in touch.
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