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 Maman (Professora Minha Velha) was born in Tel Aviv Israel, to Jewish immigrant parent of Moroccan and Persian decent. She started her involvement with music at the age of six with the violin, learning classical music and musicianship in the Catherine Luis Music Conservatory in Tel Aviv. Maman learned the violin for 13 years, traveling to England, Germany, and the Netherlands participating in various youth orchestras and musical groups. During the same time of her formal violin training, Maman played percussion as well. In her late high-school years she began learning more about Afro-Brazilian music and percussion due to her involvement with capoeira. In 2001 she moved to Los Angeles and became part of Capoeira Batuque, furthering her studies of capoeira and percussion under Master Teacher, Mestre Amen Santo.
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.
Adult Capoeira Mixed Level
Monday 6:30pm - 8pm
Thursday 7pm - 8:30pm
Saturday 11am - 12:30pm
Tuesday 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday 7:30pm - 9pm
Tuesday 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Thursday 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Saturday 10am - 11am
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. Our studio says Capoeira Batuque and Grizzly Dance Company on the front. If you don't see us in the front, walk through to the back studio.