Brazilian Capoeira is a sport that has lived hundreds of years as a martial art elegantly blended with dance and music. Capoeira (pronounced CAP-uh-WAY-ra) involves rhythmically singing, clapping, playing African native instruments and martial art-like sparring combined with traditional dance.
Training to become a capoeirista can begin as early as age 4, with students training within their age and skill group during the week and voluntarily participating in an open roda with all age and skill levels on Saturdays. Capoeira head instructor in the Springs, Mago Lauritzen, describes the roda as "the live performance of playing the game of Capoeira, two people at a time." Lauritzen says that Capoeira involves "all kinds of people working together for the same cause. It's part of the sport."
On Saturday, Oct. 16, the energetic and acrobatic local Capoeira students will perform a demonstration for the community and gather donations for the local food bank at the same time. The demonstration will include music, Maculele (African folkloric dance) and Capoeira. Admission is one nonperishable food item or a monetary donation for Care and Share Food Bank, the sole food bank of southern Colorado, providing for food pantries, domestic violence and homeless shelters, and not-for-profit care centers for children, the elderly and families in need.
Anne Lauritzen, assistant instructor of Brazilian Capoeria, says the group conducts at least two major fund-raisers a year.
"We want the young people here to learn the habit of looking for chances to help people," she said, adding that they chose Care and Share because they were conscious of the upcoming holiday season and wanted to make a contribution to the food bank before the season started in order to help prepare for anticipated high demand.
(To read more about Capoeira, see the May 22-28, 2003 issue of the Indy at www.csindy.com/csindy/2003-05-22/sports.html.)
-- Sara Gallagher
capsule Brazilian Capoeira's Beat Out Hunger Food Drive to benefit Care and Share Food Bank
Brazilian Capoeira, 3228 N. Nevada Ave.
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2:30-4 p.m.