Grupo Axé Capoeira’s performance group has performed for countless event in the greater Chicago area. Some notable performances include:

Film Promotions

The Karate Kid
Rio

Corporate Events

Macy’s
Carnivale
Six Flags
Unilever (Axe, Dove, Vasoline, Bertoli, Lipton, etc)

University Cultural Events

Columbia College
DePaul University
Northwestern University
Northern Illinois University (NIU)
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Western Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University
Lake Forest College
Purdue University
Indiana University

Wedding Receptions

Grupo Axé Capoeira has been sharing the rich traditions and flair of Afro-Brazilian culture worldwide since 1982 and in the Greater Chicago Area for over 15 years. We travel anywhere in the greater Chicagoland area and beyond. We have performed as far north as Marquette, MI and as far south as Bloomington, IN. Axé Capoeira Chicago adds excitement and enthusiasm to any event with colorful costumes, beautiful dances, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, and amazing acrobatics. Axé Capoeira Chicago only performs to live music that we provide and is included in every performance. Every performance is unique and pricing will vary from event to event. Pricing depends on several factors; duration, distance, number of performers, etc. We can and will adapt the performance to fit your specific event request while staying within your budget.

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Samba

Samba

​Samba (sahm-bah) is one of the most popular and well-known dances from Brazil. The Samba music rhythm has been danced in Brazil since its inception in the late 19th century. Featuring a highly contagious rhythm, samba is usually seen during Carnaval and Mardi Gras celebrations around the world, featuring dancers wearing state-of-the-art costumes, decorated with feathers and rhinestones.

Maracatu

Maracatu

Maracatu is a parade style performance with a drumming group and a coterie of dancers and stock characters including the king and queen. Dancers and stock characters dress and behave to imitate the Portuguese royal court of the Baroque period. The performance also enacts pre-colonial African traditions, like parading the calunga, a doll representing tribal deities and Orixas – traditional Afro-Brazilian goddesses. Traditionally seen during Carnaval in Pernambuco, northeast Brazil, it’s one of the most colorful and elaborate performances.

Dança Afro

Dança Afro

Afro-Brazilian dance accompanied by rapturous live drumming. Originated in Africa and migrated with the slaves to Brazil during its colonial era, the dance has mixture of the steps, like rapid marking of the rhythm by the feet, and free and independent movements of arms, chest, head, and hips.

Colheita

Colheita

Colheita is a traditional harvest dance from Brazil. The dance, portrayed entirely by women, represents the annual bean harvest in rural Brazil. The dancers wear traditional colorful and flowing skirts. They swing woven baskets rhythmically, which is derived from collecting and sifting beans at the harvest.

Samba Reggae

Samba Reggae

Samba-reggae is a very modern-looking dance derived from Afro-Brazilian and candomble dance moves, performed to a live music, that is a blend of Bob Marley’s reggae style and elements of Bahian style of samba – samba de roda. Often performed in a social setting , samba-reggae dances tend to be done in a follow-the-leader fashion, with a few skilled dancers initiating moves in a line in front of the crowd, and the whole crowd following along. In addition samba-reggae drummers often dance as they drum

Capoeira

Capoeira

Capoeira (cap-o-ay-ra) is a unique, interdisciplinary Brazilian art form combining acrobatics, dance, martial arts and passionate Afro-Brazilian music. The performance will contain capoeira solos and duplas (pairs) done within and capoeira roda (ring) which will delight audiences with their dazzling movements.

Dança dos Orixás

Dança dos Orixás

Traditional folkloric dance of deities from a syncretic religion – candomble, originated among enslaved Africans in Brazil. Orixas are synthesized with catholic saints, but also believed to be patrons of different forces of nature and have their own characteristics as well as dance and music styles. Axe Chicago’s Danca dos Orixas features two most expressive dances of Oxum and Iansã as a tribute to the folkloric roots of Afro-Brazilian culture.

Maculêlê

Maculêlê

Maculelê (mah-coo-leh-leh) is an Afro-Brazilian dance created as a game by African slaves on the sugarcane plantations in northeastern Brazil. The slaves would play maculelê with the machetes used to cut sugarcane to vent their anger and frustration. Later, it evolved to a form of expressive dance with athletic moves, where performers strike wooden sticks and/or machetes to the drumbeat.

Coco de Roda

Coco de Roda

Coco De Roda (Cocoo-dee-hoda) is a typical dance from the coastal regions of northeastern Brazil. Coco music has a strong African and Native Brazilian Indian influence and is performed with a series of percussion instruments. Coco rhythm first took shape based on the sounds of breaking coconuts, and later evolved as it’s own music style. The choreography of the dance is based on joyous foot stomping and spins, dancing in lines and circles. The performers wear colorful skirts and beach hats.

Wosrkshops

Workshops

Professor Bambu offers capoeira workshops for introductory, beginner, or advanced students. Workshops will be suited for the skill level of the group. For any information on performances or workshops please contact us and describe the size/type of show requested, venue, location, and number of attendees.