CapoeiraDC is a place where Black and Brown youth and adults can grow and heal together. Grounded in the social justice history of this Afro-Brazilian martial art, and leading with dedication, self-expression, and community as its core values, CapoeiraDC creates a multi-generational community in predominantly Black neighborhoods in Wards 5, 7, and 8. Several times a week, students of all ages build their skills in class while learning movement, history, and music. Consistency is key a quarter of adult students have been members for at least a decade; eleven are now instructors and nine teens are teachers in training. Its physical space includes a community kitchen and outdoor patio so that everyone can relax together. As one parent shares, CapoeiraDC is where the whole family feels at home.

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