Who we are
Capoeira Malês Renton is the Renton affiliate of the international organization Capoeira Malês. Capoeira Malês was founded by Mestre Curisco and Mestre Lua Branca after emigrating from Brazil to the United States and Canada respectively. Their aim is to share their love of capoeira and their wealth of experience with students, based on their shared values of respect, discipline and tradition. Not only are Mestre Curiso and Mestre Lua Branca committed to the preservation and values of capoeira as an art, but also to disseminating the Brazilian culture worldwide and passing on these values to their students.
Our members often volunteer their time to teaching classes, performing, organizing community events, and maintaining the studio. Working together, we stay true to the spirit of Capoeira – community-building, comradery, and great axé or energy.
Nearly a decade after our inception, Capoeira Malês has expanded to offer adult and kid level capoeira, Samba / Afro-Brazilian dance, and Maculelé to over 100 students. We are committed to making arts accessible to the community by offering workshops and providing a supportive community alternative to youth, teens, and adults alike at an affordable or free cost.
Capoeira Malês is a community run non-profit organization dedicated to individuals changing their lives while participating in Brazilian traditions and arts. As members of the Seattle community, we believe in opening our studio’s doors to all genders, ages and socio-economic backgrounds by providing classes, community outreach and access, and youth development.
Capoeira Malês is the largest Brazilian cultural center in the Pacific Northwest. As part of our commitment to our surrounding arts and wellness communities, we offer many education + event opportunities throughout the year and offer our studio space to groups wishing to host classes, celebrations, performances and other events. We coordinate workshops and festivals in an effort to build and support the community.
Capoeira Malês is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All proceeds from classes support the upkeep of our studio space and the continuation of our mission.