A Capoeira Angola class on will be at 10 a.m. Friday, November 1, in the Circus Room of the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University. The class is free and open to students and members of the Bloomington-Normal community.

Capoeria is an Afro-Brazilian art form that encompasses folkloric traditions, oral history, dance and song into a martial art. With a long history that dates back to the beginning of the 16th century, the art, created by Brazil’s enslaved African population, is a unique and uplifting cultural experience that brings together beauty and power, balance and physical conditioning.

The session will be led by Contra-Mestre Denis Chiaramonte. Originally from Jundiaí, São Paulo in Brazil, Chiaramonte has been practicing capoeira for more than 30 years. He is a member of The Capoeira Angola Centre of Mestre João Grande in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. He also specializes in other dances and arts associated with capoeira, such as Afro-Brazilian dances, Maculelé, Puxada de Rede, and Samba.

The class, sponsored by the ISU Capoeira Club, is for all levels: beginners, advanced, and everything in between. Suggested attire is pants, shirt that can be tucked, and gym shoes.

For additional information, email Rose Marshack at rmarsha@ilstu.edu. Find out more information on the ISU Capoeira Club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/isucapoeira/ or  Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/capoeiraclub_isu/.