Chelsea Fairbank, a devoted student of capoeira who has studied with master teachers in Brazil and the United States, is bringing the martial arts/dance fusion to the Midcoast. Beginning Monday, July 7, Fairbank will teach capoeira classes two days a week at Lincoln Street Center, 24 Lincoln.

As is capoeira tradition, the first class one attends is free, so the public has an opportunity to sample this distinctive discipline. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian tradition that combines elements of martial arts and dance to produce a dynamic physical activity that has been passed down through Brazilian culture for the last 400 years. For many practitioners, capoeira is a way of life, emerging out of traditional African dance movements and musical rhythms. Symbolic of liberation and freedom, capoeira has become an integral part of Brazilian culture and is popular throughout the world today.

Classes for children, youth and adults consist of movements similar to martial arts, break-dancing and gymnastics. Instruction in capoeira music using Brazilian percussion instruments and learning songs in the Portuguese language also are part of the class. Students of all ages, experience levels and abilities are encouraged to participate. Classes will run Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30-6:30 p.m. for children; and 6:30 to 8 p.m. for youth and adults.

Fairbank has previously brought capoeira to communities in Alaska, Native American reservations in the four corners region and Rwanda, Africa. For more information, call (505) 290-2322 or email capoeiramaine@yahoo.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.