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Leotards not required: DanceBrazil brings Capoeira to U


Performing at

Kingsbury Hall

Friday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25, $30 and $35 (Students get a $5 discount)

Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art/ dance blend, may be best recognized as the acrobatic, rhythmic fighting style with which Eddie-of the Tekken video game series fame-decimated his opponents.

But all nostalgic references aside, Capoeira was devised as a means of self-protection by extricated African slaves in Brazil. They thinly guised their deadly art as a dance, accompanied by traditional African music and song, allowing them to practice it openly.

Today, Capoeira is “played” (not fought) all over the world, and in Brazil is second only to soccer in popularity.

DanceBrazil, a New York City based troupe, evolved from a series of grass-roots workshops, and was formally founded in 1977 by Jelon Vieira. Combining traditional aerial mayhem with modern dance, DanceBrazil will bring its enthralling hybrid to Kingsbury Hall this Friday-fun for warriors and ballerinas alike.

Just don’t try it at home.

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