As we reflect upon the events and experiences that defined our academy in 2013, one word immediately springs to mind…COMMUNITY! Our collective group is what shaped the physical space, and made 2013 exceptional!
This past year, Capoeira Mandinga and Brazil Cultural Center (CMBCC), 32 students received their first cordao (22 of which were under 12!) and ~80 students moved into their next cordao level. We welcomed hundreds of capoeiristas from near and far at workshops and monthly open rodas. Dozens of Brazilian families came together within the Brazilian consulate-sponsored Cantadores de Estorias program. Within our varied program, we featured classes in Brazilian folkloric dance and Portuguese language lessons, just in time for the World Cup in Brazil next year! Additionally, we held 30 assemblies in schools throughout the Bay area. These are all in line with our mission of advancing awareness about capoeira and Brazilian culture to our community.
The success of these programs is due to our collective group: we are thankful for the curiosity and drive innate in all our students; for the continual support from our students’ families and friends; for our multi-talented instructors, who provide high-quality instruction and put on remarkable performances; and for our office staff and Board of Directors, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the organization going. We are particularly thankful for the vision and dedication of Mestre Marcelo, without whom CMBCC would not and could not exist.
As some of you are aware, the hours of operations at CMBCC were challenged earlier this year. At the Public Hearing in July, we received an outpouring of support in the form of letters and testimonials from our community: students, families, local and overseas capoeiristas, friends and collaborators. It re-confirmed that our work is important, and our efforts have a wide effect. We were granted operating hours of 8am to 8pm daily, and are currently working with our district’s Council Member on a better resolution, so we can continue to serve our working students and families.
A sneak peek at the year ahead: Brazilian JiuJitsu, parent-child capoeira classes, art classes, capoeira fitness and music challenges, fitness boot camps, Parents’ Night Out, community socials, and more! We are also implementing a new scholarship program for 6-8 at-risk youth and families, funding class tuition and uniform.
Here at CMBCC, we strive to nourish your mind, body, and spirit! From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your support, dedication and belief in the work that we do!
Donna Lee, PhD, Secretary, Capoeira Institute
On behalf of:
Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha (Artistic Director, Our Fearless Leader)
Board of Directors (Don Carlos Steele, MD, President; Sam Wu, Treasurer)
We have received a matching gift challenge from one of our board members.
From now until December 31st, every dollar donated to our non-profit Capoeira Institute up to $2,000 will be matched!
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