This event was held on February 7, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Enjoy Afro-Brazilian dance and martial arts with performers from Capoeira Mandinga Michigan. The only indigenous American martial art, Capoeira was developed by African slaves in Brazil in the 1600s and it became a strong weapon in the life and death struggle against their oppressors. With strong aerobic and dance elements, Capoeira is both an art form and self-defense. Watch performers incorporate aerobic and dance moves that are as graceful as a panther and as treacherous as a snake.