Afro-Brazilian Ensemble was formed expressly to teach students about the unique Brazilian movement form of capoeira, which combines elements of martial arts and folk dance. The ensemble is led by capoeira champion Fabiano Lucas and includes dancer/musicians Marcus Magalhães and Rafael Teixeira.
Fabiano Aparecido Lucas was born in Braganca, Paulista, a small town in the interior of Sao Paulo, on April 30,1980. Coming from a very poor family of three kids and a single mom, Fabiano had to start working at age 11 in order to help support his family. He always had a passion for sports and tried a lot of different ones (always by charity of others), like Judo, soccer, basketball and break dance. It was during his time break dancing that he incidentally discovered his love for capoeira.
His future mestre, Mestre Enir, one day invited Fabiano’s entire break dancing group, which up until then practiced on the streets, to come to his academy on the weekends for practice. After their first weekend practice there, Mestre Enir invited Fabiano and a friend to try capoeira for a month, free of charge. Fabiano accepted this offer with the intention to go a few times, practice back-flips, which he could use for his break dancing, and then stop. Things would turn out to be quite different. When he saw his first capoeira roda, it was love at first sight. He started practicing capoeira in 1993 and hasn’t stopped since.
Fabiano is the two-time regional capoeira champion (1999 and 2002) of the state of Sao Paulo and also the 2002 state champion. This qualified him to represent his state in the national championships, but before he had a chance to compete, he was invited by Mestre Efraim to come to the United States to work as a performer and capoeira teacher. He accepted this invitation and came to the United States in February of 2003. Various performances have taken him to: California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. He has performed at the Museum of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Connecticut National Coast Guard, Foxwoods Casino and Mohegan Sun Casino Resorts.
He has taught capoeira at Yale University, University of Connecticut Norwalk Community College and a variety of other schools in the tri state area. Currently, he is working in partnership with his friend Ja Shaia on a Capoeira Fitness video, in order to offer a convenient way for beginners to discover the incredible world of capoeira and its infinite variety of benefits for those who welcome capoeira into their lives.
[The program] went amazing this morning! The students and teachers were very impressed – probably the best performance we have had in a long time.
Last week, we received a special visit from an Afro-Brazilian ensemble to conclude our semester-long study of South America. Their performance included music, martial arts, and dance. They vibrantly demonstrated forms of Capoeira, Maculele, and Samba. Students had the opportunity to participate on stage and even learn some words in Portuguese! Thank you, Young Audiences of Massachusetts!
"Thank you for another EXCEPTIONAL assembly! The performers put music, martial arts, and dance all in one and the students also learned some words and phrases in Portuguese throughout the show. These are the kinds of cultural experiences we want for our kids!"