Adult Capoeira Classes

Capoeira Malês DC practices Capoeira Contemporânea, or contemporary capoeira, a unique blend of martial arts, dance, music, and gravity defying acrobatics.

You don't have to possess a martial arts, gymnastics, or a dance background to train capoeira. We will teach you everything you need to know.


New students must attend the Foundations classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays to gain a basic understanding of the art.

In this program, students will learn the ginga, kicks, escapes, basic acrobatics, and traditional songs and capoeira etiquette. It is also a great workout.

For your first class, wear a t-shirt and workout pants — no shorts. Footwear is optional, although many people prefer to play capoeira barefoot. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register, pay, and change your clothing.

All classes begin with a brief warm up, stretch and a workout that includes partner work to develop your technique. This class prepares you for more advanced classes at the Capoeira Spot.

  • Foundations classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • New students must stay in the Foundations classes for 4 months before enrolling in the next level Viola class.
  • Students from other capoeira schools should spend 2 months in the Foundations classes before taking other classes at the Capoeira Spot.

If you'd like to start training capoeira, sign up for a foundations class here.

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