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Capoeira demonstrations; we’ve all been there. You get dressed up in your cleanest whites, go down to the local mall or fair, and put on a show for the crowd. Or maybe you just get some people together for an impromptu street roda and attract onlookers.
I’m sure some of us love doing demos, and others hate doing them.
Some people say they’re a good way to attract new students and promote the art form. Others decry the overuse of fancy flips and tricks at the expense of the game. Some call them a necessary evil, some call them fun.
Where do you stand?
Do you think demonstrations are a good way to promote capoeira? Do you think it’s OK to use capoeira as entertainment? If so, do you tone down the actual game while you play, in favor of cool looking moves to awe the audience? Or do you play the same game that you would anywhere else (with takedowns, malicia, and all)?
Tell us what you think in the comments!
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