November 2nd Festival: Fostering Capoeira

Dear Community,

I am so excited to invite you to this event we are putting together funded by the Tomorrow Project - a grant we were lucky to receive from TOMS.
Come and help us create a fun day full of free classes for our community especially targeting kids in or recently transitioned out of the foster care system. The day will include open Samba, drumming, capoeira classes and roda where we can introduce our community to any kids who wants to come and try us out. We have reached out to a few organizations to help us spread the word about this day but if any of you know professionals in the field or kids who wants to participate, especially ones from that demographics- please invite them as well. Under the same grant we will also be offering full one year capoeira scholarships to three young women- including class tuition, Batizado fees, uniform and more. This is a day to let those girls know what our community and this culture is all about. So we need you to come and bring your positivity, your good energy, and your own special axe :) More information about the scholarship will be available then (you can also contact us about further details via email at our website

Schedule of classes will be posted here in next few weeks a long with an electronic flyer for you all to share with your community.

Foster kids receive support up until they are 18 years old, for the most part. As they 'age out of the system' they are practically on their own, navigating their life with the expectation of them being an independent adult. They arrive to their young adult life sometimes missing basic support and community that can be the safety net all of us needed at that age. In 2012, studies estimate that between 50 and 80 percent of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) in California are or were formally involved with the child welfare system. 58% of 72 sexually trafficked girls in Los Angeles County’s STARS Court in 2012 were foster care kids. The story of capoeira along with its vibrant community can offer a networking opportunity for these young adult along with the support they need. In addition building a relationship with your body that is anchored around health, movement, and empowerment is instrumental in walking differently in the world, building a powerful image of what a woman can be in the world, and raising one's self worth.

I hope I can have you support and help in this; capoeira has given me so much I need your help in passing it forward.

Let's do this :)

This Fall Season- Give to Support a Powerful Image of Women

This Fall season, right before the tax year is over, we are contacting you in the effort to get your support for our Martial Arts Academy- Capoeira Batuque South Bay. Below is information about our work in our community, our mission, and a little bit about the beautiful art of Capoeira.

Recently there has been a growing awareness about the importance of men, women, and young children being exposed to different models of women and female experiences in our society. Families understand how crucial it is for their kids to see women in a variety of positions, showcasing and modeling a spectrum of their strengthens. We can see now how important it is for us to balance the hyper-sexual and objectifying visuals the youth is flooded with on social media and commercials with other ways women and young girl can get positive attention and stand out in the world. The female body is powerful and beautiful but its not the only strength a woman has.

Capoeira Batuque South Bay led by Prof. Dana "Minha Velha" Maman, has it as one of its missions to show diversity- among other diversity of female strengths. We are proud to have strong women martial artists teaching and taking part in capoeira, gymnastics, music, and drumming- instructing children, and young adults to create an environment of creativity and respect for women utilizing Afro-Brazilian culture. Please, this holiday season be part of our mission and donate to a worthy cause. All proceeds will help us expand our kids program and attain new and much needed equipment. Read a head on how to get involved all while getting a tax write-off for your efforts. Obrigada!

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Exciting events for Fall 2018!

Fall Season News & Events

Exciting events and important news regarding our growing community. Fun activities for your family and friends that would help us in our fundraising goals. So let's come together and celebrate the beautiful art of Capoeira and the joy that is Afro-Brazilian cultural.

Please remember that class is canceled this Wednesday Sept 19 in observance of Yum Kippur

Cabaça & Caxixi Deco-shop

An event to all of your that are interested in instrument making and maintaining the ones you already have. Making Caxixis, decorating the gourds you already have, matching a biriba with a a good cabaça- this could be a day you MAKE your own berimbau while supporting a good cause.

For all details click here

Kids Halloween Night!

A Healthier Active Fun Halloween!

It's that time of the year again for candy and sugar...but it doesn't have to be! Come and join us for a night of fun activities getting to know the art-forms of capoeira and Parkour! followed by pizza and a movie, and a lot of running and jumping around.

It will be a great night for your kid and for you parents; drop off your child and enjoy a well-needed night off yourself as well.

For more details click here

Fundraiser Roda Party- NEW DATE Jan 19 2019!

Have you been trying to explain to friends and family what is capoeira with little success? Come support Capoeira Batuque South Bay's action-packed fall fundraiser and show them the capoeira magic! As our program continues to grow, we're gathering funding for training equipment, musical instruments, and programming so that we can continue to stand strong for our budding capoeirista's and our surrounding community. 

Please join us for an afternoon of:

-Rodas (capoeira circle), for kids and adults!

-Delicious food 

-Capoeira goods, raffle

-and more!

For more details click here

New Location and Schedule starting June 1st!

Dear Community,

First let me congratulate our little capoeiristas for their wonderful performance at this year's youth graduation. I loved seeing everyone's hard work shine.

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In other news, after a few good months of many changes and searching, we are proud to announce that we found a new space for our class. Our current location has grown small on us so we are moving down the street. With our new home, we have a new schedule. We look forward to growing strong with you and your family. Thank you for your constant support.

All the best,

Professora Minha Velha


New Class Schedule

KIDS Capoeira Movement

Every Monday& Wednesday

5:30-6:30 @Anointed Feet Dance Studio


KIDS Gymnastics

Every Thursday

5:30-6:30 @Chute Boxe


ADULT Capoeira Movement

Every Monday 6:30-8 & Wednesday 7:30-9

@Anointed Feet Dance Studio


ADULT Capoeira Music

Wednesday 6:30-7:30 @Anointed Feet Dance Studio


ADULT Gymnastics

Thursday 6:30-8 @Chute Boxe



10 am-11:15 @Eucalyptus Park

12100 S Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250


Our New Locations:

Anointed Feet Dance Studio

13933 Hawthorne Blvd.

Hawthorne, CA 90250


Chute Boxe

4549 Artesia Blvd,

Redondo Beach,CA 90260

Capoeira Batuque's 29th Annual Youth Batizado

It's time for your budding capoeiristas to start preparing for their Batizado! 

What is a Batizado?

"A Batizado (baptism) is a graduation ceremony where new students receive their first Capoeira Cordao (belt), Capoeira Apelido (nickname) and are “officially” welcomed into the art form of Capoeira. Each student plays with a Mestre in order to blessed and welcomed to the Capoeira world. The Mestre that plays against the student become their Godfather, and the same Mestre gives the student their Capoeira name during the ceremony. Students who have already been through their first Batizado excel to receive their next belt. This is a 3 day celebration filled with workshops, performances, events and a celebration at the beach. We are proud to welcome and host World Renowned Capoeira Masters for this event to honor the children hard work throughout the year. It is very special to witness them teach, interact and graduate our students.This is truly a very exciting time in one's Capoeira journey. We can’t wait to share it with you all!"


Our Batukids will be participating alongside other young students from the main studio in Culver City. This is a great opportunity for your children to meet friends, get involved in the bigger world of capoeira, and really see what the culture is about!

Dates: May 18 to May 20
Cost: $125 before May 1 ($175 after May1)
Cost includes 3 day event: Naming and Belt ceremonies, event t-shirt, workshops, kids rehearsals & performances and beach celebration.

12453 WASHINGTON BLVD. LA. CA. 90066

Early Bird Registration goes up on MAY 1. REGISTER HERE

Come celebrate 6 years of Capoeira Batuque South Bay!

Hello everyone! 

On March 4th, we will be celebrating our 6th year with a Roda and Potluck at Anointed Feet Dance School in Hawthorne. 

Come one, come all! PLEASE WEAR WHITES (doesn’t have to be uniform). Any groups, ages, styles- all are welcome. 
I always say- like it was said to me- running a group is a marathon not a sprint- so come hand us a cup of water and half a banana so we can all keep running for many more years :) 

Location: 13935 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, California 90250

Time & Date: Sunday, March 4 at 5 PM - 8 PM

We will be selling exclusively designed T-Shirts that support women leadership in capoeira!

Check out the facebook event here:


Come Celebrate!

March 4th, 2018

Happy December!

Hey everyone! Thanks for an amazing year. A lot of changes have been happening, so we want to thank everyone for being flexible and understanding. Here are some updates for the upcoming holidays and new year:

Holiday Break

We will NOT be having classes from December 24th to January 1st! Please spend quality time with your families and get plenty of well-needed rest =)

NEW Monday class location and schedule change, starting January:


Kids Gymnastics 5:30-6:30

Adult Gymnastics 6:30-8:00

**Mondays will be at a NEW location: 

13933 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250


Kids Capoeira 5:30-6:30

Adult Music 6:30-7:30

Adult Capoeira 7:30-9:00