All classes receive capoeira classes once a week. We have a capoeira program, in which a local Capoeira mestre comes each week to teach students capoeira. Capoeira combines martial arts, dance, acrobatics, and self-discipline in its practice. Again, students also learn the cultural and historical context of capoeira, while they learn to actually do it.
Silvio has dedicated 30 years of his life to Capoeira Angola. He started capoeira with Mestre Rogerio, Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1986 and as Mestre Jurandir’s student he was the leader of FICA-BH for 8 years. In Belo Horizonte he has taught for social programs created by the city council such as Homeless People and for street kids, named Kids in the Park. There he also taught for a Youth Project created to teach African Brazilian music, drums, and dance known as Tambolele. Since 2004 he has been leading the International Capoeira Angola Foundation, ICAF Seattle, founded in 1997 by Mestre Jurandir, as well as the TESC Capoeira Angola Club at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, which was started by Evergreen students under Mestre Jurandir leadership since 1998. Contramestre Silvinho has taught at middle and high schools in Seattle and vicinities since 2004 while supporting the development of other ICAF Groups in the USA. He has presented and has been supporting the development of ICAF African Brazilian Community Festivals in Seattle and Olympia. He has been traveling and presenting at conferences in the USA since 2000.
Jeremy Cline is originally from the town of Bar Harbor, ME. He has studied capoeira since 2007 and has trained under Mestre Silvinho of the International Capoeira Angola Foundation in Seattle since 2012. He also studied dance at Middlebury College and has been a member of several dance companies such as Spectrum Dance Theater, Khambatta Dance Company, and the 5th Avenue Theater. Jeremy loves helping others to learn more about movement arts as they develop their full mental, physical, and humanistic potential. He is grateful to work in the open and multi-cultural Seattle Amistad School!