Capoeira: Dance fighting the right hook for followers |

Capoeira: Dance fighting the right hook for followers

Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun Instructor Brett Brolliar does a high-kick over Sierra Sun reporter Joanna Hartman during a roda, a fight-like circle, during a Capoeira class at Tahoe City Community Center last week.

Dancing around in graceful lunges, cartwheels and kicks, North Tahoe and Truckee residents play capoeira in the basement room of the Fairway Community Center in Tahoe City.Brett Brolliar of Tahoe City recently began teaching capoeira in the Tahoe and Reno areas. He discovered the dance-fighting at U.C. Berkeley.It synchronizes people puts people on the same rhythm its just beautiful, Brolliar said. It involves music. It involves culture and movement.Capoeira has two main styles regional and Angola and is a martial art developed by African slaves in Brazil during the colonial period. Participants form a roda, or circle, and take turns playing instruments, singing and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle.Each person contributes their own perspective on what the art should be, Brolliar said.The only rule is to never stop moving keep the body moving to the variable speed, tempo and motion of either the capoeira music or the opponent, Brolliar said.Capoeira is for people who experience the world through their bodies, said Tory Ewing of Squaw Valley, who has been playing for four years.While there is a strong movement in places like the Bay Area and New York City, capoeira doesnt have much exposure in the Tahoe and Truckee areas yet, Brolliar said, but he hopes to increase exposure locally with his classes.The art does not focus on injuring the opponent but does emphasize skill. Capoeiristas those who participate often prefer to show a movement without completing it, enforcing their superiority in the roda. If an opponent cannot dodge a slow attack, there is no reason to use a faster one. With each attack, the players are given a chance to practice evasive techniques.[Capoeira] brings together all of my loves music, dance and playing, Ewing said.Playing capoeira is a creative way to be active strengthening muscles, enhancing balance and perspiring to the rhythm.My flexibility has gone through the roof, not to mention its one of the best workouts Ive ever gotten cardio, balance, its just a good all around exercise, said Derek Brown, who travels from the West Shore to participate in Tahoe Citys capoeira classes.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art developed by African slaves in Brazil during the colonial period. Some people believe capoeira originated in Nigerian tribes where they fought with music and the winner won a partner. Capoeira has two main styles, regional and Angola. Participants form a roda [circle] and take turns playing instruments, singing and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle. Information compiled from http://www.Wikipedia.comInterested in a new way to express yourself? To burn off that last weeks pumpkin pie? To submerge yourself in a new culture? For more information on capoeira, check out the following Web sites:www.tahoecapoeira.comwww.capoeira.comwww.capoeiraarts.comwww.capoeirista.comOr to try your ear on capoeira music, log into the iTunes Music Store to find your Brazilian beat.

Sunday: Asante Fitness, Tahoe City, 5 to 6:30 p.m. for all levels Monday: River School, Reno, 6 to 7 p.m. for beginners; 7 to 8 p.m. for mixed levels Tuesday: Fairway Community Center, Tahoe City, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for all levels Wednesday: Asante, Tahoe City, 5:30 to 7 p.m. for all levelsA $5 donation for each class is recommended. Asante Fitness currently requires a gym membership or their set drop-in fee.

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