ca·​po·​ei·​ra | \ ˌkä-pə-ˈwā-rə How to pronounce capoeira (audio) , ˌkäp-ˈwā-\

Definition of capoeira

: a Brazilian dance of African origin that incorporates martial arts movements such as kicks and chops

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The festival, which takes place from noon to 10 p.m. on June 23, will be showcasing Brazilian ethnic food, folk dance, capoeira, quadrilha Junina, samba school parade, and performances of renowned Brazilian musicians. Staff Report,, "Brazilian Folks Festival returns to Pompano," 11 June 2018 These soundtracked passages of almost uniformly inept Meisner capoeira are all the more grating because the interactions on either side of them are so vibrant. Max Maller, Chicago Reader, "Fucking Men struggles with onstage intimacy realness," 11 July 2018 Clapping and thigh slapping recall juba dancing, and a circle dance suggests the rudimentary moves of the Afro-Brazilian martial arts form capoeira. Karen Campbell,, "A moving ‘Vessel,’ in more ways than one," 29 June 2018 While recalling his first capoeira training session, Eric contemplates the divide between instinct and caution: Part of entering the world of capoeira angola is a constant training in vigilance, and not just during the actual playing of the game. Brittany Allen, Longreads, "Masters of Contradiction," 24 May 2018 Feint and trickery are generalized into a capoeira player’s worldview such that they are revealed to be an unavoidable part of the texture of life itself. Brittany Allen, Longreads, "Masters of Contradiction," 24 May 2018 The princess’ escape from her circumscribed life appeared to be through extreme sports, the friend said, including scuba-diving, capoeira and skydiving. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "India’s Modi authorized capture of runaway Dubai princess, newspaper claims," 28 Apr. 2018 They are joined again by Johan Sakr, and also by Nassib El Khoury, thirty, the cofounder of a Lebanese capoeira school. Bronwen Dickey, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Kids on the Line," 14 Mar. 2018 Afterward, guests arrived at Parque Lage to musicians playing capoeira music and traditional Baianas dancing and singing from the balcony above. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Wild Three-Day Wedding Weekend in Rio," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of capoeira

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capoeira

Brazilian Portuguese, kind of martial art, ruffian skilled in this art, fugitive slave living in the forest, from capão island of forest in a clear-cut area, from Tupi kaʔapáũ, from kaʔá forest + paũ round

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