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Cultural Adventure to Brazil | A free spring program for all kids ages 8 to 16 in Houston!

Cultural Adventure to Brazil 2019

The Brazilian Arts Foundation, is very happy to present the Cultural Adventure to Brazil 2019! This 3 month free program for all kids age 8 to 16 in the Houston and surrounding areas!  This is an open call to bring all the kids in your life to participate, at absolutely no cost, for 3 classes a week for 3 months.

When? From February 19h to May 17th, 2019

The Cultural Adventure to Brazil will run during after-school hours from Tuesday, February 19h to Friday, May 17th, 2019.
At the end of the program, we will have a recital for friends and family to celebrate your kids’ achievements (details to be provided as soon as possible!)

Weekly Schedule:

Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm – 1 hour session

Thursdays 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm – 1 hour session

Fridays: 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm – 2.5 hours with break and snack (fruits and water included)

Registration extended until February 26th, 2019

Cultural Adventure to Brazil - Kids CapoeiraWho is this program for?

All kids between 8 and 16 years of age! We only have 25 slots open, so please don’t miss out!

There are no restrictions to bring your kids. All we ask is for the commitment to come to class at least twice a week and to register only if you are serious about it, so that all 25 slots are used as best as possible.

What does the program include?

This program includes learning about different cultural aspects, arts and disciplines from Brazil through classes filled with physical activity that incorporates a mix of martial arts, music, dance, and language; taught in a dynamic and energetic environment! Your kids will learn:


A Brazilian martial art that integrates, singing, learning to play musical instruments, and Portuguese language.


Activities to learn how to play instruments such as atabaque (Brazilian drum), Pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine), Berimbau (Brazilian string instrument), and other Brazilian percussion instruments, such as Agogô, Chucalho and many more.

Portuguese Language:

The Portuguese language will be infused into all the dance and martial arts activities through learning songs and receiving basic instruction in Portuguese.

Folkloric Dances:

Kids will learn to dance Maculelê (An Afro-Brazilian traditional dance), and Puxada de Rede (A traditional dance to celebrate the fishermen’s culture and abundance of fishing season


Recommendations and useful information:

  • Kids should wear comfortable clothes, such as sweatpants, or attire for sports activities
  • All parents are allowed to stay in the waiting area, although not required
  • Since the Friday session is a bit longer, we will have an interim break with fruit snacks and water provided. Should you need anything else, please feel free to bring it along!
  • Please try your best to show up on time and have lots of fun!

Are you interested? We really hope you are!

About our Cultural Adventure Teacher

Mauricio Campos – Contramestre Gringo –  was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil where he made a name for himself as an internationally recognized professional skateboarder. Upon moving to the US in 1990, Mauricio began training kung-fu. After years of working with this discipline, a friend invited him to a Capoeira class while visiting Sao Paulo. Inspired by the distinct combination of music, fighting, acrobatics, and dance, he began seriously training in Capoeira in 1997 with Mestre Dantas.

He began training under Mestre Jelon Vieira, founder of DanceBrazil and pioneer of Capoeira in the US, in 1999. In 2001, he established the Brazilian Arts Foundation as a non-profit organization under the IRS 501(c)3 code. The goal in creating a cultural center was to share his love for Brazilian culture and the unique energy of its traditions, dances, and music. Mauricio’s focus in teaching is to create an experience that reflects the joy, passion, and playfulness of life, using movement and music to connect – and ultimately free – the body, mind, and soul.

He offers a challenging but playful instruction style that stems from his belief in making each moment the absolute best. Mauricio’s role as artistic director includes developing and choreographing performances, guiding the creative vision of the organization, and training the Capoeiristas, dancers, and musicians. Under his direction, the organization has increased its performance schedule and range every year.

In 2006, Mayor Bill White decreed November 6 as Mauricio Campos Day, and in 2009, September 5 became recognized as Brazilian Arts Foundation Day in the city of Houston.

In September 2017, Mauricio received his latest graduation level and corda, going from Professor to Contramestre.

Here are some of our favorite moments of Brazilian cultural adventures with the kids. Enjoy!

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