Oi! We’re ilê de palmares, a capoeira group located In New York City. Take a look around & don’t be shy.
ilê de palmares (e·lay / g / pal·mar·es) means “house of the Palmares” and was founded by Contra-Mestre Omi and Professor Caimãn.
Capoeira (cap·o·ei·ra) is an Afro-Brazilian martial art disguised as a dance. It was created in the 16th century by enslaved Africans in Brazil who used it to liberate themselves.
Capoeira is life.
Contra-Mestre Omi has over 20 years of experience empowering both youth and adults through Capoeira.
Ready for an experience of your life? Our classes are an hour and a half which consist of a warmup, stretching, basic Capoeira movements, music and games. Arrive to class with comfortable clothing, a bottle of water and a smile 🙂
We have classes in Manhattan, Brooklyn (Williamsburg), and Queens (LIC & Flushing). Kids classes are held at the LIC and Flushing YMCA. To get more details on class times and pricing please visit our class schedule page.
Who are we
We are a community of like-minded individuals who support each other and strive towards understanding our true potential. Together, we are committed to a lifetime journey of mental, physical and spiritual growth.
Our teachers are leaders in the Capoeira community. They focus on empowering their students to reach their highest potential, while advancing the artform of Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian culture throughout the world.