Volta Miúda – Salt Lake Capoeira Performing in Fogo Divino
Fogo Divino would not be complete without the endlessly giving community of Volta Miúda – Salt Lake Capoeira. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art which includes elements of physical and mental strength, musicality, and power. It encompasses a vast spectrum of movement and culture; it incorporates kicks, ground movements, self-defense, acrobatics, music, and tradition. It is played in a roda (circle) with two members engaging in various attacks and defenses while maintaining a melodic fluidity. These movements are driven by the rhythms emanating from the roda’s instruments and vocal song.
Capoeira was developed by African slaves in Brazil over 500 years ago, and through Mestre Bimba and others, has since become a widely recognized art form. Capoeira can be done by anyone of any age or size and its benefits are evident in all who take it on. It is a beautiful expression, which is best understood through active experience.
Salt Lake Capoeira offers classes for all ages and skill levels and is a talented group to study with. Thank you to Salt Lake Capoeira for all their support, knowledge and talent, and for helping to make Fogo Divino an exhilarating show!
The literal meaning of Volta Miúda is something like “small around”—just like the capoeira roda. The roda is like a small world and what we learn there can help us in the big world. If you fall in the roda of capoeira you have to keep going because the game never stops.
It’s just like life; if you fall in life you have to stand up because life won’t wait for you. When we learn how to bring respect and positivity to the roda we bring that to the world. And just like the brave people of Volta Miúda who overcame oppression, our Volta Miúda group represents the power we can all have to overcome our own challenges while still celebrating life and the axé it brings even through suffering—especially when friends and family unite. Salve Volta Miúda!