Think martial arts and acrobatics mixed in with drums and Brazilian music. The descendents of African slaves in Brazil created the dance art form as a way to train and protect themselves from their white slave masters. As you couldn’t openly teach people to fight, Capoeira became a disguise under the form of dance to teach people proactive and self-defense. Now, these various dances are still practiced and a great way to strengthen your body’s muscles. Capoeira classes are also offered at many cultural centers and gyms, but perhaps as a reward for completing a season of classes, hop on a plane to Brazil and enjoy instruction from some of the world’s Capoeira greats.