NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Though New Rochelle is far from the Amazon, it is home to its own capoeria center.
If you’re near New Rochelle and looking for a fun, different way to exercise, capoeira might be for you.
The word capoeira (cah-poh-EYE-ra) means “low-standing grass.” It is an art form, developed by African slaves in Brazil, which blends expression and self-defense to create a practice that is beautiful to watch, and even more rewarding to do.
Capoeira has become one of Brazil’s largest sports and a very popular workout for many.
Bom Jesus began practicing at age 10 in Brazil, he is now the master of the Capoeira Performance Art Center, which is located at 529 Main Street.
The center has two-hour classes three days a week. Classes are $20 each or $120 a month for unlimited access.
Capoeira also is kid-friendly. If you are looking for a new exercise program for your kids, the center has children’s classes for $60 for a month of weekly classes and $100 a month for unlimited classes.
Don’t take our word for it; go see it in person. Master Bom Jesus, guest masters and students of the center will be performing July 30 at the Ossie Davis Theater in the New Rochelle Public Library.
The doors open at 6:45 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The performance begins at 7 p.m.
You can contact the center for information on classes, bookings or rentals at (917) 714-4214.
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