Residencies provide a unique opportunity to transform the classroom into a space for cultural and artistic exploration. Residencies offer students an active, in-depth cultural arts experience and give educators an opportunity to incorporate arts into their curricula. Residency programs consist of a series of classroom sessions of capoeira and/or maculelê. Residencies provide physical, artistic, and social skill building.
Working independently, in partners, and as a group, students learn basic capoeira movements, practical application of these movements, and how to “play” capoeira using the movements in improvisational games with each other. Youth are introduced to simple songs in Portuguese, capoeira rhythms and instruments, and stories about the history of the art. Teaching artists can link the content of a residency to teachers’ or schools’ existing curricula. Residencies can be during the school day or after school and can include the development of a youth performance. Residencies are six to sixteen sessions of 30-60 minutes per session, depending on the age group.