Project Description

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Capoeira! Flip, Kick and a Twist!

Capoeira is an exciting martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, culture and a twist… MUSIC! Though this Afro-Brazilian art form is a martial art, it is also a sport/game. The uniqueness of capoeira will give your body physical strength, power, flexibility and your mind self-confidence, concentration, courage and creativity. Facilitated by teaching artist Akin Lowman, students will learn the basics of capoeira movement, capoeira songs (in Portuguese), Portuguese language skills and capoeira history. 

The sessions will teach basic capoeira movements and combinations, capoeira songs including the translations, basic Portuguese language and basic capoeira history. The history portion will begin in Africa (as the story of capoeira does) and will follow the journey of those enslaved Africans to Brazil.  It will also give a brief overview of how Afro-Brazilians developed and maintained capoeira through the oppression of slavery and post slavery oppression by the European Brazilian run government.

This three-part live Zoom series will take place on July 1–3, 2020. Register for each session below:

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Learning goals

  • Learn the basics of capoeira movement

  • Learn capoeira songs

  • Learn simple Portuguese language skills and capoeira history

Akin Jackson-Lowman headshot

At the age of eight, Akin Lowman started practicing Capoeira Angola in a Pittsburgh Capoeira school called the Nego Gato Foundation under Mestre (master) Nego Gato and his local instructor Justin Laing. In 1999 at age fourteen, he became a teen instructor for the capoeira program at Miller African Centered Academy. In the summer of 2004, Akin was accepted into the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and in March of 2005, began independently teaching a Capoeira class at SCAD, where he attained a BFA in Animation. In 2009 he brought Grupo Bantu Beira Mar to Tallahassee. He taught for the group until 2011 and continued to teach on his own in Tallahassee until 2015 in the Leon County School District and at FAMU, FSU and TCC. Upon his return to Pittsburgh in 2017, he created the group the Capoeira Association of Pittsburgh. Akin teaches Capoeira in schools, community centers and dance schools throughout the Pittsburgh area.

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Creative Learning Rapid Response is an initiative of

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With generous financial support from

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