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Capoeira for children

16.00 – 17.00
instructor: Paweł Galiński
fee: PLN 100/month, trial class PLN 30
room: Breathless, 315 a/b, 3rd floor

Movement and rhythm classes based on African-Brazilian art of Capoeira Angola. Capoeira classes for children are based on exercises in the form of play that enhance their motor skills. Their aim is to improve fitness and motor coordination, with a special focus on developing balance, flexibility, reflexes and awareness of one?s own body in space. Each class is complemented by work on rhythm and singing. The children are going to learn to play on traditional instruments used in capoeira as well as to sing Brazilian songs. Playing an instrument and singing are performed simultaneously, which enhances coordination and teaches performing several actions at the same time. Each practice is conducted to the sounds of traditional Brazilian music.
In addition to motor and musical abilities, the children gain self-confidence and a sense of self-worth based in cooperation. Development and progress are possible thanks to cooperation and dialogue with the group and individual persons, there?s no place for rivalry. Capoeira also teaches respect for others? personal space. After the classes, each child can express their opinion about the practice, learning that each voice counts. This way, the participants take part in planning the next trainings, which enhances their sense of self-worth. The conversations always take place in a circle, according to the rule: ?one person talks, the rest listens? ? this teaches us attentiveness, concentration, and empathy.