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Group Senzala

Centro Cultural Senzala de Capoeira is one of the world's oldest Capoeira schools. Its origins go back to Rio de Janeiro in the 1960s. Since then, the school’s pedagogy has expanded to many different countries, opening branches throughout the world. The group plays a very important role in the educational process of Capoeira by working with different social and educational institutions such as kindergartens, schools, universities, and community centers in Brazil and around the globe. Centro Cultural Senzala de Capoeira is an immense network that has been inspiring thousands of people from different walks of life for five decades.
Centro Cultural Senzala de Capoeira
The CCC was founded by Wagner Dutra (Mestre Zumbi) 10 years ago. He began studying Capoeira at the age of nine in his native home of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is an accomplished musician, dancer, performer, and Capoeira Master. He has taught classes and programs in Brazil for many years and has participated in countless workshops, performances and exhibitions all over the world. His journey brought him to the United States in 2000 where he has since taught in numerous schools and universities throughout New York and New Jersey. In 2002, Mr. Dutra became the official Capoeira instructor at Princeton University, founding a program that met a great deal of enthusiasm within the community. Since that time, he has continued his work in the states, founding programs in both New York and New Jersey. He is also mentoring instructors who teach under his supervision in the US, Brazil, Europe and Asia.
The Mission
The mission of the Capoeira Cultural Center (CCC) is to foster cultural citizenship and community building through arts education. Specifically, our efforts focus on producing high quality, accessible, creative opportunities in the Brazilian art of Capoeira, and in multicultural and multi‐disciplinary arts. The CCC was originally founded to uplift Brazilian culture, and has since grown to unify cultures via a global view. The cultural geography of Brazil and the Americas are inherently diverse and complex. As a result, valorizing cultural diversity and expanding access are central to all of the CCC’s programs. The CCC is committed to squelching the risk factors caused by racism, sexism, poverty, illiteracy, xenophobia, and homophobia that limit the development of healthy communities and the ability for all people to enjoy the benefits of cultural citizenship.
Arts education for adults and children is produced in traditional and non‐traditional settings (e.g. theaters, schools, community centers, universities, libraries, museums, and public spaces) to enhance the awareness of Latin America and the African Diaspora, and to encourage cosmopolitanism. Curriculum guidelines and educational materials are also developed to support educational programs.