Project Capoeira

Project Capoeira, Inc. is a 501 ©(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Project Capoeira, Inc. is to preserve, develop, and share Capoeira, a Brazilian folk art that combines elements of martial arts, music, dance, and acrobatics. Our activities grow intercultural understanding and a sense of community through arts education and social outreach. The organization uses Capoeira as a vehicle to promote other Brazilian arts and to preserve Brazilian culture in Greater Philadelphia.

Project Capoeira is available for assemblies, performances and workshops. Fill out the contact form , or call us at: 215-601-9117

ASCAB Capoeira International School of Philadelphia

Mestre Doutor and Project Capoeira Welcome You!

ASCAB Capoeira is located in Center City, Philadelphia, 1 block from Reading Terminal Market and next to the Convention Center. Public transportation is easily accessible. Friendly and safe, the center provides an optimal environment for learning Capoeira. Throughout the year, we offer Capoeira classes, Afro-Brazilian and Samba dance classes, and special workshops with visiting masters. The center is open to everybody and welcomes all races, ages and sexes.

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Our commitment is to create a safe, welcoming, non-discriminatory environment to learn, explore, and grow as individuals in broader communities. Arts education for adults and children is offered through Project Capoeira’s programming and by working in cooperation with community centers, schools, museums, libraries, camps, and festivals. Project Capoeira’s programs are designed to support and follow educational curricular guidelines. Most importantly, the social interaction between students of Capoeira, many of whom come from diverse backgrounds, provides an optimal space for intercultural communication.

COVID-19: Project Capoeira follows the CDC and City of Philadelphia’s guidelines.

Day Time Class
Tuesday 6:00-7:30 pm All levels
Wednesday 6:30-8:00 pm All levels with capoeira basics focus
Thursday 6:00-7:30 pm All levels
Saturday 12:00- 1:00 pm 4- 6 year olds (beginning 9/25/21)
1:00- 2:00 pm 7-12 year olds (beginning 9/25/21)
2:00-3:30 pm All levels

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Private classes are available! Questions? Fill out the contact form below, or call at: 215-601-9117

A Capoeirinha: Kids Class

We offer capoeira classes for kids ages 4 and older. Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that infuses dance, music, gymnastics, martial arts and the Portuguese language. This therapeutic combination of activities makes Capoeira incomparable to other martial arts and afterschool programs. Capoeira promotes both strong physical and emotional health while allowing children to learn respect, courtesy and social skills. Capoeira is inclusive and teaches resiliency.

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A Capoeirinha
Benefits of capoeira
  • Coordination
  • Concentration
  • Rhythm
  • Singing and playing of instruments
  • Secondary language
  • Acrobatics
  • Balance
  • Respect for others
  • Discipline
  • Self-defense
  • Confidence
  • Self-worth
Capoeira Birthday Parties

Make a birthday special and memorable! This is a great way to introduce children to this fun and energetic Brazilian art. For more information, contact us .

Mestre Doutor
ASCAB Capoeira Group

Mestre Doutor (Adenilson Dos Santos) was born in Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil. An early influence on Doutor’s Afro-Brazilian roots comes from his upbringing in a spiritual household that was run by his mother, Dona Severina, a mae de santo or mother of saints.

At 13 years old, Doutor tried a capoeira class with Mestre Camarão in Santos, Brazil, and then decided to train with Mestre Bandeira. Mestre Doutor has practiced Capoeira since 1977 and received his mestre’s belt after 25 years, becoming the first mestre to teach in Philadelphia. As well as teaching in many universities and earning numerous awards and certifications, he is the founder and artistic director of Project Capoeira, Inc. and the creator of Brazilian Day Philadelphia.

As a result of his outstanding knowledge and achievements, Mestre Doutor was recognized as “a person of extraordinary ability in his field” and granted permanent residency in the US in 2004. His passion and dedication reflects his commitment to the preservation of Afro-Brazilian roots and makes him a strong role model, invaluable teacher and inspirational leader.

Brazilian Day Philadelphia
Part of the PECO Multicultural Series

Organized by Project Capoeira, Brazilian Day Philadelphia celebrates the Brazilian Independence Day. The festival celebrates, promotes, and shares Brazilian arts and culture in the Greater Philadelphia region while fostering intercultural exchange and uniting the Brazilian community. Since 2014, the festival presents a high energy experience with Brazilian arts and culture designed to engage, educate, and inspire participants.

The Brazilian Day Philadelphia Series returns every September. This Brazilian Independence Day celebration includes, a flag ceremony, Capoeira performances and classes, Philadelphia Unity Cup soccer games, and a variety of other Brazilian arts and cultural events for the public to enjoy.

Brazilian Day Philadelphia 2021 –Sunday, September 5

Located at Race St. Pier, N. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, 19106 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Join us for Capoeira, Samba, and Batucada performances. The event is free and open to the public. Please bring your masks.

Brazilian Flag Raising Ceremony

The Brazilian Flag-Raising Ceremony celebrates the anniversary of Brazil’s independence. It happens at Philadelphia’s City Hall in September and is held by Project Capoeira and Councilman David Oh with the participation of Mayor James Kenney, members of City Council, representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia.

Flag Ceremony 2021 on Brazilian Independence Day, September 7

Located at City Hall, North Apron –1400 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Ceremony and Capoeira performance @ 11 a.m. - noon.

For more information, visit Project Capoeira on Facebook.

Philadelphia Unity Cup: Team Brazil
Team Brazil

Visit Philadelphia Brazilian National Soccer Team’s Facebook page for the city-wide soccer tournament that uses sports to bring people together and showcase Philadelphia’s rich cultural diversity. Making friendships through soccer.

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