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Our Mission

The Ithaca Capoeira Center fosters inclusivity, community, education, and the protection of the rights and well-being of any who may face adversity. Capoeira's origins in slavery carried many goals, such as allowing for respite in the sharing of culture, protection of self and others in the community, and—most of all—a resistance to oppression and categorical mistreatment. We seek to honor these intentions through our practice, as well as our interactions with each other and our surroundings.

Ithaca Capoeira Angola Quintal empowers its members: their bodies, their minds, and their voices. Capoeira is a means through which personal liberation, safety, sense of value, and community can all be found and built upon. We create a safe space in which it is okay to make mistakes while learning, and in which harassment and other harmful attitudes/behaviors are not tolerated.

We reject and oppose bigotry, discrimination, and harmful biases (racism, sexism, classism, ableism, anti-Semitism, ageism, heterosexism, xenophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, religious discrimination, etc.; as well as claims of “reverse-discrimination” relating to all of these).

Financial assistance for membership is available to any who wish for it. All funds collected go directly to an account that supports only administrative needs for the group (space rentals, website hosting, etc.)-- none is taken as income for our local leaders or members.

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