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Capoeira Kids (ages TBA)
Please visit the site of our parent non-profit, the Bahia Brazil Art Center, for kids program details.
Adult Capoeira Regional (ages 12 and older)
Tuesdays and Thursdays
*Uniform Required for all classes.
*First time students, please wear long pants you can move well in, t-shirt, and be prepared to practice in bare feet. Click here for more info about what to expect your first class.
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Adult Capoeira Class Fees
$95: Monthly Membership
Includes ALL adult capoeira classes offered at the Bahia Brazil Art Center.
$270: Monthly Membership for 3 Months
Paid in full at the beginning of any 3-month term.
Click to visit our parent non-profit:
the Bahia Brazil Art Center (BBAC)
About Our Mestre: Almiro Aquilino
Mestre Almiro is a master of Capoeira Regional. In 1983, he received his Mestre certification at the Academia do Bimba- the legacy and heart of Capoeira Regional- in his hometown of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He headed the school until 1986 when he was invited to come to the United States to teach Capoeira and related music courses at Portland State University (PSU) in Portland, Oregon. Portland welcomed Almiro and the exciting new art he brought with him. He fell in love with the city, as well, and decided to emigrate, becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1994.
Shortly after his arrival in the summer of 1986, he presented three master classes at local high schools and performed on 15 separate occasions at local community events. Mestre Almiro has also been a participant in the Portland Public Schools Neighborhood Arts Program, sponsored by the Regional Arts and Cultural Commission (RACC) who provide education and cultural enhancement programs to secondary school audiences.
Over the past two decades Mestre Almiro has given or participated in many Capoeira workshops in Portland, Seattle, Tacoma, Eugene, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Vancouver BC. He has also organized cultural exchange trips to Brazil for his students and others interested in observing or taking Capoeira classes in his native city of Salvador, Bahia and learning about Bahian culture and history.
In 2004, the Cultural Awareness Foundation (CAF), a non-profit organization, was established with a mission to share Brazilian culture with Portland, Oregon through movement, music and art. In 2011, CAF was renamed "Bahia Brazil Art Center" (BBAC). The organization has a special performance project called "Brasiba", a combination of the Portuguese words "Brasil" and "Bahia", created by Almiro and his sister Valdizia, who oversees BBAC operations in Bahia, Brazil.
As president and visionary of the Bahia Brazil Art Center, Almiro provides leadership and hands-on management of programs designed to bring Brazilian culture and art from the country of his birth to the U.S.
Mestre Almiro currently teaches Brazilian arts classes related to Capoeira Regional at the Bahia Brazil Art Center. These ongoing classes are open to the general public and include training in martial arts, musical instruments, dance and song.