MESTRA MÁRCIA CIGARRA
Using capoeira to build healthy, vibrant, and socially responsible communities
Mestra Márcia “Cigarra”
Mestra Márcia “Cigarra” (Márcia Treidler), originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is ACSF’s founder and artistic director, overseeing and directing all performance and instructional programs. She is the lead instructor for the adult and teen capoeira classes.
Mestra Cigarra is one of the top eight capoeiristas out of more than 50,000 international ABADÁ-Capoeira members and the first female student of Mestre Camisa to be awarded the rank “Mestra,” a title shared with some of the world’s top practitioners. Because capoeira was a male-dominated art form for more than 300 years, Mestra Cigarra’s achievements have cleared the path for other women to excel.
Mestra Cigarra began studying capoeira in 1982 under the world-renowned Mestre Camisa. In 1987, she began to conduct classes for street children, youth, and adults in Rio de Janeiro. In 1991, Mestra Cigarra moved to the U.S. and, in 1997, was granted legal permanent residency as an “alien of extraordinary ability.” That same year, she founded the ACSF Brazilian Arts Center.
Her outstanding achievements make her a highly sought-after teacher, an inspirational leader, and an important role model, and she continues to provide a safe and affirming environment for adults, youth, and families in the Bay Area to learn and grow.
Mestra Cigarra maintains international recognition for her accomplishments in the field and teaches regularly throughout Brazil, North America, Europe, Asia, and Israel.
RECENT AWARDS and MILESTONES
- 2016: Mestra Márcia Cigarra receives the prestigious KPIX Jefferson Award for bringing capoeira to thousands.
- 2014: ABC 7 Profile of Excellence Award - Mestra Márcia Cigarra receives the prestigious ABC 7 Profile of Excellence Award for significantly contributing to the cultural diversity of the Bay Area.
- August 2013: Title of Mestra given by Mestre Camisa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- August 2010: Honored by the Women Capoeira Leaders Encounter in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and awarded "1er Jogos Femininos da ABADÁ-Capoeira" (1st place ABADÁ-Capoeira Female Competition)
- 2010: Mestra Cigarra was added as one of the community leaders pictured in a mural at Horace Mann Middle School in San Francisco’s Mission District
- May 2010: Community Leadership Award at a statewide summit for girls in sports hosted by Team up for Youth & Athletes for Hope for her role helping to support girls and women in sports
- October 2009: Flyaway Productions’ 10 Women Campaign Award for her work as a “Bridge-Builder” who brings together disparate communities
- May 2008: Team Up for Youth All-Star Award, which recognizes exceptional role models
- April 2008: Granted American citizenship
- March 2008: Named as Regional Leader for North America by the international leadership of ABADÁ-Capoeira
- December 2007: Certificate of Honor from Gavin Newsom and the City and County of San Francisco for her dedicated service to the Latino community
- October 2007: The documentary film Cigarra Capoeirista was completed and screened at film festivals in San Francisco and Boston
- September 2007: KQED Latino Community Hero Award in recognition of her long-standing impact on Bay Area communities