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by Matt B on May 3rd, 2007

Exercising is never easy, but it should be fun. If you’re tired of squatting and crunching, maybe you’d like to try a combination of dance and martial arts called capoeira. “Capoeira is a mixture of martial arts, dance, theatrics' It’s hard to compare with other things because it’s so unique,” says Tinte Forte, a capoeira instructor.

Soulistic Studio & Spa offers services like massage and reflexology treatments, but also provides classes in boxing, Pilates, yoga, and capoeira. The fight-like dancing was popular among African slaves who used it as a form of artistic expression as well as self-defense. Music, history, culture, and movements all combine to help participants of all different ethnic backgrounds exercise and express themselves. With swinging arms and swift kicks, the energy and mobility required to perform the dance provide a unique workout. The smooth movements can be performed as a group or one-on-one. Don’t be intimidated by the handstands and seemingly impossible high kicks! Just a little bit of practice goes a long way.

Soulistic Studio & Spa: 805 N Milwaukee Ave (Suite 200); 312-226-7685
Hours and class times vary by season
Street parking available
Public Trans: Bus #56, 66 or Blue Line train (Chicago)

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2 opinions for Capoeira

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    May 5, 2008 at 6:12 pm

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    Sep 9, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    […] At Juicy Wine Company in River West, wine lovers browse through the retail space and select their preferred combinations of vintages and complements (pate, olives, and cheese). You can take these purchases home or head upstairs to the lounge. Here, hipsters gab in semicircular booths and small tables while a DJ spins on an elevated stage. Exposed brick with light wood and cork details complete the contemporary space (southeast of Soulistic Studio). […]

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