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Connecticut


Mestre Lampréia also has students who teach at the following locations:

Connecticut


Mestre Lampréia also has students who teach at the following locations:

CONNECTICUT- at STUDIO8SIXTY 

224 Farmington Avenue, Hartford CT, 06105

TEACHER:   Leticia Monteiro, known as Professora Formiguinha in the capoeira community, began playing capoeira in 1998, during her sophomore year at Hunter College CUNY. An ardent athlete, Leticia found joy and fulfillment, spiritually and physically, playing capoeira. She soon found herself training 5-6 times a week, trying to perfect the movements and techniques of the game. Leticia’s training paid off in 2001 when she won second place in her rank (Yellow cord) in the Goodwill Games in New York.

With a growing passion for the art of capoeira, Leticia took her training abroad. In 2004, Leticia traveled to Brazil for the first time, visiting Sao Paulo, Salvador, and Rio de Janeiro.  After her first trip, she returned to Brazil four times. These subsequent trips included visits to the cities of Victoria, Aracaju, and Bahia. Leticia has also participated in capoeira workshops in Brussels, Belgium and in Barcelona, Spain.

Currently, Leticia is training under the instruction of Mestre Lampréia, founder of Motumbaxé Capoeira and Artistic Director of Allied Capoeira Arts Initiative (A.C.A.I), a non-profit organization. She earned her purple cord in 2009. Leticia sits on the Board of Directors of A.C.A.I. as Secretary, helping to meet its mission to promote, foster, and develop an understanding and appreciation for the Afro-Brazilian martial art, music and dance form of capoeira.

Leticia completed her B.S. in Physical Education in May 2003 and her M.S. in Physical Therapy at Hunter College CUNY in May 2007. She currently works as a physical therapist with the Department of Education, and Saint Mary’s Hospital for Children’s ICD weekend program. She is also Assistant Director of a nonprofit organization called Project HAPPY (a Hunter College Saturday sports program for people with special needs). In her work as a physical therapist, she often incorporates capoeira movements into her patients’ treatment plans. 

Virginia


Virginia


VIRGINIA- at PIES FITNESS YOGA STUDIO

THURSDAY 7-8:30PM, SUNDAY 10-11:30AM

531 N. Howard St., Alexandria, VA 22304

TEACHER:   Frank Frimpong-Manso, known as Graduado Negrão, started capoeira in 2003 under the instruction of Mestre Lampréia. He was first introduced to capoeira through the popular movie, Only The Strong, and the video game, Tekken in which there was a capoeirista. He met Mestre Lampréia through word of mouth in the capoeira community and has been training with him ever since.

Frank through training fell in love with the art and realized how demanding, but ultimately, rewarding capoeira could be. He found himself spending more and more of his free time going to classes and increasing his training regimen, trying to perfect the movements and absorb as much of the art as he could. He found himself training so much that he wound up traveling internationally for the first time in his life because of capoeira. He also fell in love with the artistic aspects of it, such as the music, and social aspects, such as the camaraderie and group dynamic.

Negrão has participated in numerous workshops and batizados (annual rank changing ceremonies). He is always actively trying to share the art of capoeira wherever he goes. He is always amazed that no matter where in the world that you go, that there is capoeira present there and that it is a language that everyone speaks.

He has been teaching under Mestre Lampréia’s leadership since 2007 and was awarded the rank of Graduado in 2009. Negrão believes that Capoeira encompasses everything about life as the practice of it has a strong tie to one’s true personality. There is nowhere else where you can get a beautiful culture mixed with a fight, a game, dance, gymnastics, music, and a social dynamic like no other.