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Thu 20th June 2024, 10:00am

About the class

Capoeira is a truly holistic art form, of African roots born in Brazil, where the main objective is to improvise and develop creative solutions and expressions through movement and music. Mascote’s workshops and regular residencies are focused or clean structured content, which is designed to be able to work as a base for semi-structured improvisation, choreography and of course play. Capoeira is a body game, a body language and an acultural expression of liberation.

Mascote believes consistency, not intensity, is key. He has had over 20 years of Capoeira experience, and for over 15 years has been working professionally, teaching and performing Capoeira the music, movement and martial art. He has directed, conducted workshops, and performed in numerous international festivals and arts events worldwide, to great acclaim, and is internationally recognised, having taught and performed all over Europe, and as far away as South Africa, India, South Korea, Russia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and, of course, Brazil.

In-class Information

The studio at FABRIC will be accessible from 10 am for participants to use for self-warm-up, to get familiar with the space and/or to mingle. 

Please note: filming for social media takes place in class. If you do not wish to be filmed, please inform a member of staff or the Brum Pro Class Co-ordinator before class.


Pay-as-you-go– Online booking will close 15 minutes after the start time. Please ensure all personal information is entered correctly when booking your class. Tickets can also be brought by card at reception, places are subject to availability.

Membership– You will not need to pre-book your class, just register at the reception 10 minutes before your chosen class.


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Class FAQs

Brum Pro Class is for any professional artists or second/third-year vocational dance students who would like to continue development and push themselves in a challenging, high-quality professional class.

Classes take place in a variety of locations in the city.  Normally this is either FABRIC’s Studios, which is based on the Birmingham Hippodrome campus or ACE Dance and Music in Digbeth. Classes may also take place at other studios so please check carefully on booking, or call or visit.

Birmingham Hippodrome
Thorp Street
B5 4TB

T: +44(0)121 667 6730

ACE Dance and Music

ACE Space,

54-57 Floodgate Street,


B5 5SL


T: 0121 314 5830

Yes, although for many this is unlikely to be the most cost-effective way to book.  PAYG cost £8 per class and can be purchased in advance directly from here or via card payment at reception 10 minutes before the start of a class.

Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless the class is cancelled.

We have a Monthly or Termly Membership that can all be set up online, full details can be found here.

Membership commences on the “Start Date” shown on the membership acceptance email – which is sent automatically when a member pays the fee.

Key Information

The first time you book a class you will need to make a new account. 

Booking online in advance is recommended. 

Card payment is available on the day at reception. 

Please note: filming for social media takes place in class. If you do not wish to be filmed, please inform a member of staff or the Brum Pro Class Co-ordinator before class.


ACE dance & music

About Mascote


Mascote started his career as a young professional actor from 1996 – 2004, performing in various theatre and television productions, as part of “Stagecoach” in the Marlowe theatre in Canterbury, and the “Central Junior Television workshops” in Carlton TV studios in Nottingham (famous for the successes of Samantha Morton, Shane Meadows & Toby Kebbell).

Then, after 3 years of intensive Capoeira training, and his first trip to Brazil in 2003, Mascote fell in love with this fine Brazilian art form, and decided to study it further. From 2004 – 2005, he spent 12 months training and travelling full time in Brazil, under the famous “Cordao de Ouro” Capoeira School, with the Great Mestre Suassuna.

When he returned from Brazil, Mascote started his undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Nottingham, writing his final dissertation thesis on the Sociology of Capoeira. This has really allowed him to put his multi-cultural experience into a wider perspective, and all his work has a highly sociological background.

In 2008, after several other projects, Mascote moved to Birmingham and founded CDOB which has now evolved into Viela JQ café and dance studio.

Mascote has taught and performed in various institutions over the years, including resident teaching and performing work at The Dancexchange (2009-2014), including teaching for their Centre for Advanced Training; various activities at the University of Birmingham, including ‘Brazilian Folk’, a piece of musical and physical theatre, which Mascote directed and choreographed; the Drum arts centre in both performance and event management; the Midland Arts Centre, as part of the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014; and the University of Nottingham Mental Health Institute, hosting a research project into Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery in 2015.

Mascote founded the first International Capoeira Festival Birmingham, in 2010, which aims annually to engage public participation of up to 150 Capoeiristas from across the globe, & has hosted world-famous guest master artists such as Mestre Jogo de Dentro, Mestre Acordeon & Grande Mestre Suassuna.

In 2014/5, Mascote opened the first “Cordao De Ouro” Capoeira studio/academy in Birmingham, the first of its kind in England, which is dedicated solely to the promotion, distribution, education and performance of Capoeira, the Brazilian music, movement, martial art.

Most recently, in 2017, Mascote was invited by the Playbox Theatre in Warwick to become an associate artist – a means of recognising his work as being important, and highly valued as a mentor to the young people in the company.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Mascote and his students were filmed for the BBC Oneness Ident, depicting him teaching Capoeira online. This was shown daily on BBC channels through the 2020-2021 year of intermittent lockdown restrictions.

He currently teaches in Birmingham and London and travels the world consistently to help promote and develop Capoeira culture and assist communities to develop their work.

I am very excited to be working with professional dancers again