Mestre Marisa

Mestre Marisa Cordeiro is the founder and leader of Gingarte Capoeira Chicago. Born in Curvelo, Brazil, Marisa trained at the prestigious Cordão de Ouro Capoeira Academy in São Paulo with top instructors such as Mestre Suassuna, Mestre Canguru, and Mestre Urubu Malandro. She first came to the United States in 1989 as a performer with the renowned international group Oba Oba. After performing throughout the United States and Latin America for years, she returned to Chicago and established Gingarte Capoeira in 1991. She is one of the highest-ranking female capoeiristas in the United States and she is a shining symbol of the Brazilian community in Chicago.


We are a NonProfit

The goal of Chicago Capoeira, a 501(c)(3), is to promote African-Brazilian cultural dance arts, primarily capoeira, within the broader community. Performers of Gingarte Capoeira combine rhythmic movements with kicks, acrobatics and music to create an amazing display of culture and beauty. Developed by African slaves in 17th century Brazil, Capoeira today is a stunning reflection of African-Brazilian history and commemorates the struggle for freedom. Capoeira Chicago offers Capoeira classes that include movement, song, and instrument instruction. Classes are open to all, regardless of age, gender, physical ability, and ethnicity. We offer classes for adults and children throughout the Chicagoland area.


Book Us to Perform

Performers of Gingarte Capoeira, the performance ensemble, combine rhythmic movements with high kicks and acrobatic maneuvers to create an amazing display of culture and beauty. Our three main programming objectives are to provide affordable yet high quality arts education, to present stunning performances to the community and to host special events and conferences. Fill out the form below or email us at