Afro-Brazilian Martial Art
Contra-Mestre Borracha was born in Bahia, Brazil. He began his Capoeira training at the age of thirteen with Mestre Jelon Vieira, renowned Capoeira master and choreographer. Borracha started his performance career with The Capoeiras of Bahia, a dance company for teenagers, directed by Jelon Vieira. With The Capoeiras of Bahia he performed in Brazil and participated in several exchange programs with the Capoeira Foundation Inc. in the United States. While in the US, he performed and participated in several demonstrations at Universities, Colleges and K-12 schools. In 1997 Borracha joined DanceBrazil and toured with the company all over the world as a principal performer until 2002 when he was hired by Capoeira St. Louis as their head Instructor.
Borracha made a special appearance at the Camai Arts Festival in Bethel, Alaska and was featured in The Egg, a program produced and aired by PBS. He also participated in the New Millennium Celebration in Times Square on December 31, 1999, with DanceBrazil. He has also performed for Nike, the Hippodrome (Florida State Theatre) and at many other festivals and performances across the country. Borracha is currently the head Instuctor for Nova Capoeira in Ashburn, VA.