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Capoeira Kids
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Contra-Mestre Zumbi (Brazilian native/master practitioner of over 25 years) and Maria Blackburn (capoeira practitioner/PDS kindergarten teacher) return for their third summer at Providence Day offering a truly unique camping experience.

Contra-Mestre Zumbi (Brazilian native/master practitioner of over 25 years) and Maria Blackburn (capoeira practitioner/PDS kindergarten teacher) return for their third summer at Providence Day offering a truly unique camping experience. Capoeira (pronounced “cap-oh-air-ah”) is simultaneously a martial art and dance.  It was granted UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage status in 2014. What does Capoeira offer children? 

1. Movement and Self-Expression. Bodies are made to move! Campers will have SUPER FUN swinging their bodies, ducking, spinning, jumping, running, and cartwheeling on the soft wrestling mats. Campers of all levels will develop balance, coordination, and flexibility through playful, collaborative games as they learn basic capoeira movements.

2. Music and Art. Music is a core element in Capoeira. Campers will not just listen to music as they move, but explore percussion instruments such as the Atabaque (an African drum) and the Pandeiro (a tambourine-like instrument). Campers will also construct, paint, and play their own Berimbau, the most important instrument to Capoeira. 

3. Language and History. Capoeira has Afro-Brazilian roots, and campers will be exposed to the Portuguese language in a very big way. They’ll learn a little about the injustice and the fight for freedom from which Capoeira emerged, and the journal they keep throughout the week will include the children’s book titles that we’ll read aloud to explore Capoeira’s rich history.  

Families are invited to be a part of the fun and learning at the Friday Share Time and through shared photos from the week via a private Instagram account. See you there!


  • Session 1: June 3-7
  • Session 6: July 8-12