Definition of capoeira in English:


Pronunciation /kapo͝oˈārə/ /kæpʊˈeɪrə/


  • A system of physical discipline and movement originating among Brazilian slaves, treated as a martial art and dance form.

    ‘Joseph's - slow, formal, and pristinely beautiful - is based on the Brazilian martial arts form capoeira.’
    • ‘Washington incorporates a range of movement idioms - acrobatics, African dance, capoeira and social dancing - but always with an eye toward line, height and pinpoint accuracy.’
    • ‘It takes five minutes to absorb the sort of movement Elkins devises: a mix of modern dance, martial arts like aikido and capoeira, hip-hop, and maneuvers from contact improvisation.’
    • ‘He's also devoted to capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.’
    • ‘She even mixed in some capoeira, a martial art from Brazil.’
    • ‘In this underworld, the movement turned more satisfyingly aggressive, with influences of capoeira and African dance.’
    • ‘The course covers everything from modern to hip hop and Aboriginal dance as well as Brazil's capoeira - both a dance and a martial art.’
    • ‘He suddenly took off his suede vest and flipped and kicked with a natural grace, performing capoeira, the dance of his native Brazil.’
    • ‘A more distinctive Afro-Brazilian activity is capoeira, a martial art that is more like dancing than fighting.’
    • ‘It's as if the Masai warriors of the past have leapt into the present, exchanging their weaponry for spins and the stalking combat steps from Brazilian capoeira.’
    • ‘In Missao, Vieira treats men and women equally, and elevates the martial form of capoeira to kinetic poetry.’
    • ‘Traditions like this ancient dance known as capoeira, originally from Angola in southern Africa.’
    • ‘You can find masters of any form, be it ballet, capoeira, flamenco or lyrical jazz.’
    • ‘The artful dance form called capoeira is widely known as a cultural expression in Brazil, but it's rapidly becoming all the rage in the capital of Angola.’
    • ‘On some occasions these performers also performed secular dances of Afro-American origin like capoeira, rumba, carnival dances, or Afro-Uruguayan candombe.’
    • ‘We're not only talking modern dance, we're looking at all of dance's forms like capoeira, raves and whirling dervishes.’
    • ‘Instead, the concept of ‘Swan Lake’ as a performance milieu is the basis for a fast paced maelstrom of ballet, yoga, capoeira and gymnastics.’
    • ‘Aché Brasil performed traditional and contemporary capoeira, a cross between martial arts and dance, in costumes brought from Brazil.’
    • ‘Originally developed in Brazil by African slaves as a means of defence, the graceful movements of capoeira will get you fighting fit.’
    • ‘Beautiful in appearance, yet deadly in application, capoeira uses the natural physics of the human body to deliver amazingly swift sweeps and crushing blows.’