Capoeira is a unique and vibrant Afro-Brazilian martial art that cultivates movement, culture, music, and philosophy. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that includes elements of physical and mental strength, beauty, and power. M. Jamaika often refers to capoeira as a “complete martial art” in that it encompasses a vast spectrum of movement and culture; it incorporates kicks, ground movements, self-defense, acrobatics, music, and tradition.
It is played in a circle, or roda, with two members engaging in various attacks and defenses while maintaining a melodic fluidity. These movements are driven by the rhythms emanating from the roda’s instruments and vocal song. Capoeira was created by African slaves in Brazil over 500 years ago, and through Mestre Bimba and others, has since become a recognized art form. Capoeira can be done by anyone of any age or size and its benefits are evident in all who take it on. It is a beautiful expression, which is best understood through active experience.
The Utah Cultural Celebration Center is dedicated to enriching and strengthening communities by promoting the expression of the arts, education, opportunities for economic development and the celebration of human diversity.
The center is committed to:
The preservation and perpetuation of cultural traditions
Creating a setting for cultural exchange and experience
Promoting the visual and performing arts as well as the humanities
Encouraging education through creative thinking and experiential learning
Enhancing opportunities for economic development
Providing a social infrastructure for networking within the community
Establishing a ‘home’ for diverse artistic achievement.
The Center is designed to strengthen a sense of unity among the people of the Wasatch Front by highlighting cultural wealth and creativity and offering a forum to celebrate our residents’ talents in music, dance, performance and visual arts. We work to provide a place where family and friends can come together, and where cultural arts are nurtured, promoted, and celebrated.
The Utah Center for Arts hosts art exhibits from renowned and emerging artists with over 9000 sq ft. of exhibition space. The UAA (Utah Arts Alliance) also hosts poetry readings, independent film screenings, live music, dance performances, plays and more.
Center Gallery Monthly Exhibitions.
Artist Studios for Photographers, Painters, Sculptors, Musicians and Actors.
Salt Lake Capoeira, Brazilian Martial Arts and Cultural Organization.
SLC Photo Club, the UAA’s free group for photographers.
Rubaiyat Dance Company
Mothermoon Expressive Therapy
Musicgarage.org The UAA’s music performance program for youth and adults.
Salsa Dancing Classes.
Slam Poetry Events.
Incendiary Circus, Fire Dancing Group, with free lessons bi-weekly.
Modern Dance and Movement classes for adults and kids.
The Center Stage, hosts productions from community and touring theater groups