ACSF’s award-winning youth activities include capoeira and maculelê classes, music classes, performance training and opportunities, leadership development, and health education. Teen students also have opportunities to travel, compete, and pursue professional positions as performers and instructors.
Classes are offered during the school year from August through May. In June and July, ACSF offers week-long Summer Camp sessions.
2016 school-year classes begin August 15, 2016! Youth may begin at any time. Scroll down to learn more about classes and how to sign up.
YOUTH CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
YOUTH CAPOEIRA (ages 5-12)
Youth capoeira classes are taught by Instrutor Corrente and Graduado Papagaio, and cover basic capoeira techniques and music. All youth classes are open to students of all levels.
Classes build physical, artistic, and social skills. 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. Within the capoeira class structure, youth are also introduced to maculelê, a traditional Brazilian folk dance performed with sticks.
Classes for this age group emphasize cooperation, spatial awareness, and basic physical skill building.
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Classes for this age group focus on building leadership, strength, agility, flexibility, memory, listening skills, and endurance. Students begin learning more complex movements, acrobatics, sequences, and strategies.
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TEEN CAPOEIRA (ages 13-19)
Teens train for FREE! Teens are welcome to train in ALL teen adult classes. ACSF provides teens with a safe space to challenge themselves, develop bonds with their peers, and make the transition from youth classes to adult training.
The enrollment process is simple. More information and downloadable enrollment forms are available HERE..
REMEMBER: ALL teens are welcome to train in all adult classes, Monday through Sunday, for FREE.
Teen/Adult Classes are held:
Community Capoeira class - SUNDAYS from 11:30am – 1:00pm
Sundays Teen & Adult Community class (free for teens) – This is a community all-levels capoeira class that is free for teens and open to adults for a $10 donation. Funds from adult fees directly support ACSF’s Teens Travel To Train fund– a scholarship that sponsors one or more select teen capoeiristas to travel to Brazil for the Jogos Mundiais (World Games). This class is taught on a volunteer basis by Instrutora Tulipa. - See more at: https://abada.org/class/community-capoeira/
BRAZIL TRIP & Teen Travel Scholarship
Every two years, ACSF travels to Brazil for the Jogos Mundiais (World Games) in Rio. Top capoeiristas from ABADÁ-Capoeira schools around the world come to Brazil to train with the Mestres and Mestrandos of ABADÁ for four days of workshops at Mestre Camisa's CEMB prior to the international capoeira competition in Rio. This experience offers young capoeiristas an unprecedented opportunity to experience Brazilian culture, meet capoeiristas from across the globe, and train with the top teachers of ABADÁ. The Teen Travel Scholarship sponsors one or more teens to travel to Brazil for the Jogos Mundiais and workshops.
The Teen Travel Scholarship is based entirely on participation points. A full scholarship will be awarded to the teen with the highest accumulated total of participation points. If funding is available, partial scholarships may be awarded to the teen(s) with the next highest accumulated total of participation points. Points are accumulated over two years (four sessions), from fall of the initial year until spring of the traveling year.
Teens can receive individual attention to hone their capoeira technique, practice specific movements, strengthen their bodies, and improve their game strategy.
Rates per 45-60 minute private session:
Please call 415-206-0650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your private session.
ACSF offers four, one-week Summer Camp Sessions during June and July. Kids aged 5-12 learn capoeira, music, maculelê and other Brazilian folkloric dances, drumming, and the history of capoeira. Each session features guest instructors who teach skills such as gymnastics, Afro-Brazilian dance, and percussion, as well as lunchtime walks to explore the Mission neighborhood.
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HOW TO SIGN UP FOR SCHOOL-YEAR CLASSES
During the school year (August through May), new students can start at any time. Parents or guardians must fill out a registration form before their child participates in a class.
You can download the enrollment form in English or Spanish HERE or fill one out when you bring your child to their first class.
For additional information about ACSF’s schedule, events, rules and expectations, and more, please read our Youth Capoeira Program brochure
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
- All new students must arrive 15 minutes before class start time and fill out a release form.
- New release forms will not be accepted later than five minutes before class start time.
- Classes begin promptly at the scheduled start time.
- It is extremely important for new students to begin class from the start. No new students will be permitted to join a class after it has begun, but are welcome to sit and quietly observe.
- ALL teens are welcome to train in all adult classes, Monday through Sunday, for FREE.