Intro to Capoeira


You have the opportunity to take this course as an Auditor or a Participant.

A Participant is able to work and receive feedback from the instructor, while an Auditor is able to observe and learn without needing to be active in front of other students.






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Practitioners “play” Capoeira for various personal reasons; as a way to free the mind, body, and soul. In addition, capoeira is a great tool to release tension, improve balance, strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Capoeira has become a part of the global community and I designed this class with performers in mind, after years of teaching in Latin America, the U.S., Europe and Asia.

During this eight-week course students will explore body awareness through Capoeira music, percussion and call and response chants. The course is specifically designed to release body tension while connecting with the inner self, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We will be exploring movement in relation with the four fundamental elements of nature: earth, water, air, and fire.

As we immerse ourselves in the world of Capoeira, I will help you free and connect with your body through a variety of challenging movements. I am committed to creating a safe and mindful environment in which each participant will be worked with according to his or her individual focus and goals.

What to Expect:

  • Immerse yourself in Capoeira and dive into the basics
  • Explore movement and learn how it relates to the four fundamental elements (earth, water, air and fire).
  • Focus on stretching and strengthening
  • Improve your ability to stay connected to the moment during performance

Weekly Breakdown

Each week will consist of one, 3-hour session:

  • Week 1 – Introduction + Capoeira Basics (Earth)
  • Week 2 – Capoeira Basics II (Earth)
  • Week 3 – Ground Movements (Air)
  • Week 4 – Ground Movements II (Air)
  • Week 5 – Physical Improvisation (Water)
  • Week 6 – Physical Improvisation II (Water)
  • Week 7 – Overcoming Mental Blocks (Fire)
  • Week 8 – Overcoming Mental Blocks II (Fire)




Instructor |

Mestre Amen Santo is the Executive Director of Brasil Brasil Cultural Center and the founder and lead Master Teacher of Capoeira Batuque, a world-renowned Capoeira group. Born and raised in Salvador Bahia, Mestre Amen was exposed to Capoeira, drumming and Afro-Brazilian dance from a young age, and began practicing Capoeira at the age of 7 in his neighborhood streets. Discovering his natural abilities for the form, he quickly caught the eyes of major dance company directors, who hired him to travel the world performing in their companies. In 1985, he was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in NYC and this was the beginning of his journey in the United States. Learn more about Mestre Amen here.


Do I Earn A Certificate Through The USC School Of Dramatic Arts?

Yes, this course is taught by instructors from the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Your certificate will be sent through USC School of Dramatic Arts with your name and the name of the certificate completed. Fight On! (The Trojan Motto).

Who Will I Be Working With?

Your primary instructor is listed in the “Instructor section” above.

How Many Classes Does It Take To Complete The Certificate?

Great question! To earn this certificate, you must complete four 4-week courses. View the “Curriculum tab” to see details about weekly assignments and class topics.

How Long Does The Program Take To Complete?

This program takes 16 weeks to complete, so you can earn the certificate in one semester.

How Often Do The Class Sessions Meet?

Once A Week. Students Meet Once A Week For 4 Weeks. Each Class Session Is 2 Hours In Length. The Date And Time For Each Course Will Be Reflected On The Course Details Page.

Are Class Sessions Online? Are They Live Or Pre-Recorded?

This program includes weekly live class sessions. Students have access to recorded lectures after the class period, as well.

What If I Miss A Class, Or Want To Review The Class?

No problem. You will be able to access all recorded sessions at your convenience. You’ll see this recording once you login and access ‘My Dashboard’ after the class has ended for the day.

What If I Miss The Start Date Of A Class? How Often Are The Courses Offered?

Each course will be offered on a rolling four-week cycle. So you need only wait until the next month.

How Do I Pay? Can I Pay In Parts?

Payment is required prior to the start of the first day of class. To enroll and pay for a class, select the “Register” button on the course details page; then follow steps to complete payment.

Additional information


Auditor, Participant