Claudia Lyra - aka Catatau has been involved in Brazilian Dances and Music since she was born. After 7 years in gymnastics in Londrina - Brazil, in 1998 she joined Group Maculelê which offered classes only for girls, led by Mestre Fran and his wife Mestranda Sara. After 1 year the women in that class moved to other activities and left the group, but "Catatau" had decided that she wanted to continue developing her skills in Capoeira and joined the group in the main studio where mainly guys trained. Catatau - small bear "Booboo" - nickname came when she found herself in-between big "capoeiristas" training with her. Since 1998 she has been training and teaching capoeira in different contexts. After moving to US in 2003, her capoeira journey took a break due to transition to live abroad, but after her establishment, Capoeira has been more into finding the purpose of it in everyday life and making it a tool for ones well-being, education, community and growth. She has been teaching after-school programs and developed arts integration programs, plus, taught private workshops to all ages. In 2013 she joined Group Luanda San Diego - a group led by Mestre Jelon Vieira - the artistic director of the New York Dance Company - "Dance Brasil" and currently trains with Professor Massape in San Diego. The classes that she offers involve work out, music and history of Brazil. She is always thankful for the Mestres who kept this art alive and for the people who come together to make it as part of their paths as well.
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