Press release for the Capoeira workshop with “Mestre Curumim”
Join the Portuguese Language Program for the Capoeira Workshop with Mestre Curumim. Valter Fernandes, a.k.a. Mestre Curumim, is a Brazilian master in capoeira, an African-Brazilian martial art developed by African and descendants of African slaves in Brazil at the end of the sixteenth century. Capoeira combines elements of dance, music, and acrobatics. But it also features an intrinsic relationship with African-Brazilian culture, religion, and tradition.
Mestre Curumim has more than 25 years of experience as an instructor in capoeira. He received his Master degree in Physical Education from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and he is currently doing a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. He is the creator and director of Escola Capoeira Cidadã, a non-profit institution founded in 2005 and a member of the Laboratory of Neuroscience of UFRJ. Through this organization, he has assisted more than two thousand children of the underprivileged neighborhood Cidade de Deus in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The workshop is cosponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and the Dance Program at Duke University.
Admission is free and the suggested donation is $10-$20. Donations will go to the NGO Escola Capoeira Cidadã.