Capoeira Shows

Capoeira Abolição can perform at your private or corporate event for any occasion.  We also do charitable shows as a commitment we have with educating and entertaining our community in Brazilian culture. Our performances range from Capoeira alone to Brazilian folkloric dances, such as Maculelê and Samba de Roda or a combination of either. The contagious rhythms keep audiences moving to the beat!


Maculelê is an Afro Brazilian dance where a number of people gather in a circle called a roda.  Each person brandishes a pair of long sticks, traditionally made from biriba wood from Brazil.  As the Maculelê rhythm plays on the atabaque, the people in the circle begin rhythmically striking the sticks together. The leader sings, and the people in the circle respond by singing the chorus of the songs. When the leader gives the signal to begin playing Maculelê, two people enter the circle, and to the rhythm of the atabaque, they begin striking their own and each other’s sticks together. On the first three beats, they strike their own sticks together, making expressive and athletic dance movements, and on each fourth beat, they strike each other’s respective right-hand stick together. In some capoeira schools, students perform Maculelê using a pair of machetes, or “Facões”. These large knives are associated with the tools used by slaves in sugar cane plantations. The knives spark as they strike in the air, and the sparks, along with the sounds of the knives striking one another, make this performance particularly impressive. Because a fast moving dance with large knives is dangerous, only very experienced dancers will use knives.  Also, traditionally, the performers wear dried grass skirts while performing.

Samba de Roda

Samba de Roda is a traditional Afro-Brazilian dance performed originally as informal fun after a Batizado (graduation ceremony).  Performed by many Capoeira groups, it has been associated with Capoeira for many decades. The orchestra is composed by a pandeiro, atabaque, and berimbau, and also accompanied by singing, clapping and dancing.
The term “Samba” encompasses many different rhythms, tunes, drumming and dances of various periods and areas of the Brazilian territory. It appeared in the state of Bahia, more specifically in the region of Recôncavo in Brazil, during the 17th century. Samba de Roda is considered one of the primitive forms of modern Samba.

For more information or to request a performance please contact your nearest Capoeira Abolição Academy