Shining Credits: 11+ years of Capoeira playing. Earned Professor Belt (but re-tore ACL while testing). Like a true Capoeirista accepted belt with strength, dignity and grace despite devastation of injury.
Shining Soundtrack: Cantora’s Ladainha (prayer song). Song written and sung by Cantora
|Quando eu conheci capoeiraQueria correr sem andar
Queria fazer todos os movimentos
Fazer tudo sem esperar
Mas não foi moleza, não
Meu corpo levou uma surra
Fiquei frustrado e triste
Todo mundo aprendia
mais rápido do que eu
Tudo parecia impossível
Então, meu mestre me disse
Calma minha filha
você não tá pronta ainda
Você tem que ter pacienca
Capoeira não se aprende num dia
Tudo se desenvolverá
Tem que deixar o berimbau
Tocar o seu coração
Você pode se machucar com capoeira
Mas ela também pode curar
Obrigada Mestre, me ensinou uma lição
Voce tem que se lembra na capoeira
Tudo tem sua hora
|When I first met CapoeiraI wanted to run without knowing how to walk
I wanted to do every move
Do everything without waiting
But it was not a breeze
My body took a beating
I would get frustrated and sad
That everybody else learned
faster than me
Everything seemed impossible
Then my Master told me
Calm down my daughter,
you are not ready yet
You have to have patience
Capoeira is not learned in a day
Everything will unfold
You have to Let the berimbau
touch your heart
You can be hurt by Capoeira
But you can also be healed by it
Thank you Master, you taught me a lesson
You have to remember in Capoeira
Everything has it’s time (Timing Is Everything)
Song’s Inspiration: I wrote the song for my Capoeira Graduation (Formatura)- where your master/teacher presents you to the capoeira community as a professor. I wanted to talk about my own experiences in Capoeira, to make it personal and relatable because I’m not the only one that goes through hardships. I wanted to thank my teacher for teaching me this beautiful art.
I was very emotional when I sang in front of everyone. I almost couldn’t get the words out. I didn’t really practice that day, I was still in shock about getting hurt the night before. My friends showered me with encouragement and strength, I pulled myself together.
In the end, it was all worth it. The loudest chorus I’ve ever heard! Gave me chills!
Batizado 2012: Jogos (games) for Graduation
Capoeira Name:My capoeira name is Cantora which means singer. I think I was born with a mic in my hand! I sing everywhere….in the shower, on the bus, at work, at every karaoke night. But I got shy singing capoeira songs because they were in Portuguese. Soon that changed!
Capoeira Life Lesson: Timing is everything!
New Responsibilities as Professor : Capoeira is a male-dominated sport. Few women graduate to Professora or beyond. As a woman I feel like I have to prove my worth in this game, to stay sharp. I like to be a good example to all the new female students. Encourage them that we too can play. Capoeira e pra homem, menino, e mulher! (capoeira is for man, child, and woman!)
How do I get your shine? Hmm. A good cleanser, toner, moisturizer, face powder, and blush! Other than that – have faith, be humble, eat bitter, work hard, love harder, and let your actions speak for you!
Capoeira Hero: My husband, one of the best Capoeiristas and Capoeira professors I know. His dedication to teaching his students is unparalleled.
A Warrior Princess