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Abada-Capoeria DC

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • International
  • People with Disabilities


http://abadadc.org/Gaithersburg, MD 20877 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of Abada-Capoeira DC is to promote, spread, and support Brazilian arts and culture through the practice of Capoeira, and to use our practice of Capoeira and associated arts to build a healthy and more closely connected Washington, DC-area community. We are organized to accomplish charitable and educational goals including working to lessen socio-economic inequality. We serve the community with performances, educational and charitable activities, and we offer classes at a below-market rate. Additionally, we regularly hold clothing, food & coat drives, participate in blood donation drives, VDOT & MDOT adopt-a-road street cleaning and many other community involvement activities. Abada-Capoeira DC has been awarded the BEST of Rockville Art Program and 1st Runner up at the BEST of DC for Arts and Cultural Non Profit in 2017.


For the past nine years, Abadá-Capoeira DC CAPOEIRA has been the DC Metro Area's leader in the promotion of Capoeira (pronounced ka-poo-eyh-rah), an Afro-Brazilian martial art and self-defense discipline that brings together fighting techniques, acrobatics, dance, percussion, and songs, in a rhythmic dialogue of body, mind, and spirit. Capoeira is such an important art expression that it is part of the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Abada-Capoeira is represented throughout Brazil and in over 50 countries preserving, developing, and sharing the art of Capoeira with integrity and respect and seeking to inspire and empower people to realize their full potential as responsible, confident, productive members of society.


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