Mestre Leopoldina

Famous as one of the oldest and most accomplished practitioners of the capoeira, at 72 years of age, Master Leopoldina stills embodies the grace and philosohical resonance of the art. Originally derived from Bantu and Yoruba traditions shipped over with the slaves to the port of Rio de Janeiro, the capoeira, which combines the physical and mental discipline of a martial art with the exuberance of dance, has long held great significance as a form of subtle defiance preserving, as it does, the proud culture of the oppressed under the very noses of the oppressors.

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