BRaPa - Brazilian Portuguese and Arts Programs in San Diego
Entrepreneurship - Language and Arts Teaching - Performing Arts - Arts for Healing
Claudia Lyra is the owner, teacher and artistic director at BRAPA - Brazilian Portuguese and Arts in San Diego, CA. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, and growing up in the city of Londrina - PR, Claudia has shared Brazilian culture in the United States since 2003.
With a Bachelor degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Dual Language Education from SDSU, and a background in Brazilian performing arts, Claudia strongly believes in the connection between the mind, heart, and body in any learning process. Being the assistant of a Harvard University Portuguese Immersion Program in 2017, she confirmed that education has changed in the last 15 years providing an active method of learning fostering engagement and interest by students. She has developed arts integration programs in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District and recently started developing Arts Integration curriculum at the Coronado Unified School District. Her teaching philosophy is to foster well-being and joyful learning through the arts. In December 2017 Claudia planned 2 lessons to be available to CA teachers at the CCSESA website (California County Superintendents Educational Services Association Arts Initiative).
Brazilian traditional music, Capoeira, and storytelling are not just highly entertaining, they are powerful tools for teaching. These cultural treasures of Brazil’s open young hearts and minds to the wonderful sounds, emotions, and values of the Brazilian culture through music appreciation and making. Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music, brings an awareness to the physical possibilities and limitation of the human body in addition to the history of the country. When Claudia moved to USA, in 2003 she already played and taught Capoeira classes. Nowadays, she is an Instructor in the Art-Form belonging to the Group Capoeira Luanda in San Diego - CA.
Claudia uses Brazilian cultural arts to help students of all ages develop critical thinking skills, plant seeds of self-worth and value, cultivate an appreciation of equality, and promote important social skills to interact successfully with others.
Claudia brings Brazilian cultural arts to audiences in schools and beyond, through her cultural assembly and residency programs called Nós de Chita (Instagram @nosdechita) and also part of non-profit organization "Arts for Learning" program. Nós de Chita offers cultural assemblies, live music performances and workshops focused on traditional Brazilian arts that incorporate key elements of the natural environment which promote awareness of climate change for students kindergarten through 8th grade.
She also works with Center for the World Music - a non-profit organization in SD which spreads traditional arts from the world around SD Unified School District. She has also collaborated with Climate Change Alliance performing Assembly programs on "helping the planet to stay healthy" and talking to environmentalists about the importance of Arts for the engagement in the learning process of students and visitors in State and National Parks.
Traditional Brazilian Rhythms, Folktales and Dances