Capoeira demonstration at Norton Shores library

The Norton Shores Branch of the Muskegon Area District Library is hosting the GVSU branch of Capoeira Mandinga on Saturday, Jan. 28.
Jan 19, 2012


The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the library, 705 Seminole Road in Norton Shores.

Developed by African slaves in Brazil, Capoeira at first sight is usually described as “breakdance fighting.” They practiced the art in public, hiding its fighting nature in the beats of the berimbau, disguising it as a dance.

Capoeira was developed as a fighting style designed for war and has evolved since then, becoming a beautiful art form. The games played in Capoeira are filled with trickery and mandinga (magic), and the goal is to make your opponent move to your beat. It is a strategic game often compared to chess.

After the demonstration, participants will be able to practice what they have learned. It is suitable for all ages.

This program, funded by the Friends of the Norton Shores Library, is free and open to the public with no registration required.

For more information, call Sandie Knes, branch manager, at 231-780-8844; or e-mail


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