“The capoeira program is always a welcome addition to our school’s programs. The blend of learning through movement, music and culture provides an exciting enrichment experience for our students. It gets them talking and it makes them excited about coming to school. It seems almost like they think of their Professor Coco as some sort of superhero!”

– Davis M.Connelly, Development Director (former Senior Program Director)
Roads to Success


“Our students learn not only the martial art of capoeira but as a Dual Language school, they have a window into Afro Brazilian culture, another language- Portuguese, history, movement, respect and support for one another, and self-discipline. Our children can’t wait for capoeira to begin every year and LOVE Professor Coco. He is knowledgeable and has a great command of teaching groups of children. Can’t recommend it enough!!”
 – Danielle Derrig, Principal
Samara Community School


“Having Capoeira at The DreamYard Art Center allows us to provide a unique creative arts experience to our children and furthers our commitment to uplifting our culture, realities and lived experiences as people of color by studying and practicing a brazilian art form rooted in our african ancestry. We have found that developmentally it has also proven to improve our participants endurance, language skills, teamwork and sense of pride. We are blessed to have Mr. Coco our master teacher who the children love. The quality teaching that Mr. CoCo provides is truly magical when you see how engaged and empowered the children seem when you walk into the classroom.”
 – Hector Rivera, Manager of Children and Family Programs