Brazilian Art of Capoeira Highlights Oct. 10 Festival

orixasRaleigh ABADA Capoeira will host its first annual Brazilian cultural performance and graduation ceremony, or “batizado,” on October 10th from 6-8pm at Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy.  The batizado, led by special guest Mestranda Edna Lima of New York, will feature demonstrations of the Brazilian cultural art of capoeira.

liuCapoeira is an energetic art form and sport created several hundred years ago by African slaves in Brazil.  It mixes martial arts with percussion music, singing, dance, and acrobatics.  “It’s a dance, it’s a game, it’s a dialogue without words,” said teacher Fabiano Cunha.  “People often ask if it’s choreographed, but it isn’t.”

Tickets are $10 at the door

ABADA Capoeira is a world-wide organization that promotes individual and community values of respect, cooperation, and freedom through the spread of capoeira.  Raleigh ABADA Capoeira was started in 2004 by Fabiano Cunha.

For more information, visit, or contact Fabiano Cunha at (919) 771-7597 or fabiano[at]
Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy is located at 8813 G. Gulf Court, Raleigh NC, 27617.

By Susie Potter

Susie Potter is a 2009 graduate of Meredith College where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina Statue University. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. For more information visit