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What is Capoiera? A Game? A fight? A dance?

Capoeira is all three, and much more.

Capoeira is an art form that combines fighting techniques and fluid dance movements in a ritual involving call and response songs and rhythms. It originated among African's taken to Brazil, who combined elements of their own culture into a response to the oppression of slavery and it’s repercussions.

Capoeira is rooted in the rituals of Central and West African cultures that were brought to Brazil through the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.What originated as a ritual right of passage for young men, has developed into a martial art and social political movement practiced on every continent by every race, age, and gender. The history of capoeira, the instruments, music, and movements are maintained primarily through oral tradition and practice. Capoeira has been, and continues to be, a driving force in resistance and revolution the world over.


 Playing music


 Samba at the Universal Capoeira Angola Canter

 Capoeira workshop with Mestre Rene


The Universal Capoeira Angola Center is a community-run and nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Afro-Brazilian martial art through creating a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere for sharing and passing on the artistic and cultural traditions of Capoeira Angola.




Over the weekend of November 3rd – 5th  2017, the Universal CapoeIra Angola Center hosted a workshop  in D.C. with Mestre João Grande.  João Grande began his trip to D.C. with an appearance at Howard University where he was publicly honored for his contribution to Brazilian and American martial arts and dance.

On Friday and Saturday, João Grande held music and movement workshops attended by capoeiristas from across the DMV and nation. Special guests Professor Daniel Dawson of New York University delivered a lecture on the history of dance and sports and capoeirista Curtis Pierre of New Orleans led a samba and pandeiro class. The weekend ended Sunday evening with a roda on D.C.’s historic U St.

Obrigado João Grande!

 and special thanks to Dale, Gamela, Amalia & Mike!

 Visit Us


We are located in the heart of the Greater Historic U Street Historic street corridor at 1351 U Street NW Washington, DC 20009.

Advanced classes are open to all levels and include one hour of music and one hour of movements. We encourage participants to wear comfortable long pants, tennis shoes, and a shirt you can tuck in. Be sure to also bring a bottle of water with you to the class.


Class Schedule

Capoeira Conditioning (Beginner's Class)

 Monday and Friday -  6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

All Levels (Music and Movement)

Tuesday and Thursday - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday   - 11:00 PM - 1:00 PM

No Class scheduled on Wednesday.


  • Individual Classes $20.00
  • 5 x Class Card $65.00
  • 10x Class Card $125.00
  • Monthly Unlimited Classes $125.00
  • Monthly Unlimited Classes with Student ID $80.00

Payment arrangements are flexible and can be individually determined.