Teachers at the Old Town School

Marisa Cordeiro

Dance & Movement - Capoeira

Mestra Marisa Cordeiro is the founder and director of Gingarte Capoeira and a shining symbol of the Brazilian community in Chicago. Born in Curvelo, Brazil, Marisa trained at the prestigious Cordão de Ouro Capoeira Academy in São Paulo with top instructors such as Mestre Suassuna, Mestre Canguru, and Mestre Urubu Malandro. She is one of the highest-ranking female capoeiristas in the world.

Mestra Marisa first came to the United States in 1989 as a performer with the renowned international group Oba Oba. They performed throughout the United States and Latin America. Two years later, she returned to Chicago and established Gingarte Capoeira in 1991.

Started at the Old Town School in January of 2008

Upcoming Workshops

Sat. April 21, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Intro to Capoeira »

Dance to live music! Get introduced to Capoeira in this special workshop. With roots in Africa and Brazil, Capoeira is a fighting dance: a play of wit, style, speed, strategy, and soul. Incorporating traditional Brazilian music, Capoeira is an acrobatic physical movement that is both dance and martial art.

BeginnerProgram: Dance

$20 ($19 members)


Group Classes for the session beginning 04/30/2018

Capoeira with Marisa Cordeiro
Combine elements of martial arts, dance, and music in one challenging and social class.
$164 ($154 members)
for 8 weeks
05/05/2018 – 06/23/2018Saturdays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

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