Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, dance, martial arts, and acrobatics. Capoeira Batuque is the longest standing Capoeira academy in Southern California. Capoeira Batuque Southbay is located in Hawthorne and led by Professora Minha Velha under Mestre Amen.
Capoeira Batuque is committed to the study and research of all aspects of capoeira without judging any particular style. As capoeira spreads around the globe, we believe that it is extremely important to have a broader understanding of this art form as a whole. It is important that in our group for students to be exposed to capoeira in general, Angola and Regional, so they can have a larger vocabulary and a good understanding of these two styles. That is why Batuque students are urged to practice capoeira without getting involved with the politics. And when people ask them what style do they practice, they should simply answer... CAPOEIRA!
Dana 'Minha Velha' Maman was born in Tel Aviv Israel, to Jewish immigrant parent of Moroccan and Persian decent. She started her involvement with percussion and Afro-Brazilian culture at 15 in Israel. In 2001 Maman moved to Los Angeles and became part of Capoeira Batuque, the first and longest standing Capoeira Academy in Southern CA. There she continued her studies of capoeira and percussion under Master Teacher, Mestre Amen Santo. Maman has since traveled in the US and internationally performing and teaching capoeira and Afro-Brazilian music. Today she stands with over 20 years of experience is the art as a third level 'Professora' (graduated teacher). She runs one of the few women lead and taught Capoeira Academies in the US. Her mission is creating a healthy diverse community around Afro- Brazilian culture where men, children, and especially women can grow and excel.
A native of Salvador Bahia, Mestre Amen Santo is a recognized Mestre de Capoeira, master drummer, and is the Artistic Director of the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center. He began his artistic career under the guidance of Mestre Waldemar and Mestre Avila in Liberdade, Bahia, Brazil. His was mentored as a performer by Negão de Doni (percussion) and Emilia Biancardi (dance) and toured internationally as a member of Brazil’s historic premiere folk ensemble Viva Bahia. In 1989, he founded the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center that serves as the home base for a professional touring ensemble (the Ballet Folclòrico do Brasil) and the internationally renowned and longest standing capoeira school in Southern California, Capoeira Batuque. Santo helped bring capoeira to a worldwide audience through his performance and choreography in feature films including “Only the Strong” and “Kickboxer IV.”
Capoeira is great for kids of all ages. Students have fun, exercise, and learn a martial art, music, language, and culture. Check out the videos below to hear why some of our batukids love capoeira.
Monday 6:30pm - 8pm
Thursday 7pm - 8:30pm
Saturday 10am - 11:30am
Tuesday 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday 7:30pm - 9pm
Monday 5:30pm - 630:pm
Thursday 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Thursday 6:30pm - 7pm
Tuesday 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Classes are open to all levels and are challenging but fun. New students wear comfortable athletic clothes and bring plenty of water. Regular students should wear white uniform on weekday classes.
12958 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250**
We are currently in transition and classes will be held at this address for all days except Saturday. Please contact us in advance if you wish to join us on a Saturday!