About the Toronto Team

Contra-Mestre Paraiba - Lead Instructor

Contra-Mestre Paraiba is the lead Instructor at Axé Capoeira Toronto. He strives to promote and provide the highest quality of training for all his students. Axé Capoeira Toronto prides itself in providing a positive and energetic atmosphere for our students of all ages. Prof. Paraiba's work has been recognized in the GTA through his award-winning academy. His determination has led Axé Capoeira Toronto to be the largest and most successful Capoeira Academy, with over 30 weekly classes and various performances throughout the GTA. In the summer of 2012, Professor Paraiba was awarded his 2nd degree "Professor" belt at Axé Capoeira's 30-Year Anniversary in Vancouver, BC and in June 2016, his Contra-Mestre belt. He continues to challenge and motivate himself and his students through different aspects of Capoeira and beyond.

Professor Paraiba
Faisca

Graduado "Faísca"

Assistant Instructor

Graduado "Faisca" has been trainng Capoeira for more than 10 years. He is the newest addition to Axé Capoeira Toronto, but has been training with Groupo Axé since he was a child in his home town of João Pessoa, Brazil. He won't be in Toronto forever, so here's your chance to learn from a very talented and experienced Capoeirista.

Christine "Neném"

Children's Instructor / Performance Manager / Admin

Christine, known in Capoeira as "Neném", started training Capoeira in 2004 in Toronto. She is one of the head kids teachers and administrators at Axé Capoeira Toronto. Her passion and enthusiasm is motivational and inspiring for students of all levels, from children to adults. In 2006 Neném completed her B.A. in sociology from York University and moved on to completing her Masters of Education in 2009. In summer 2012 Neném received her "Corda Marrom" in Axé Capoeira's 30-Year Anniversary in Vancouver, BC. She now continues to train and teach 6days/week to further her skills.

Neném
Pulga

Travis "Fantasma"

Assistant Instructor

Bio coming soon...

Christina "Pomba"

Children's Instructor / Admin

Cristina "Pomba" Reale has been training Capoeira since 2008. In 2010, she moved from Australia to Toronto and began training under the guidance of Professor Paraiba. She has traveled all over North America to train and participate in Capoeira workshops. Pomba has an extensive educational background, which reflects in her teaching in our children's classes. She has completed her B.A. as well as her teachers college degree. Pomba is always enthusiastic and possess great charisma with our students. Her classes are always very energetic and fun! Pomba also leads our children’s classes at Axé Capoeira Toronto.

Pomba
Queijo

Marcelo "Queijo"

Assistant Instructor / Admin

Marcelo "Queijo" has been training Capoeira with Axé Capoeira since 2005 under the guidance of Professor Paraiba. For the past couple years, he has taught, and performed at many shows, demonstrations, festivals around the GTA . Queijo has traveled to other cities in North America, as well as Brazil to participate in Capoeira events and workshops. Throughout these experiences, Queijo has had the opportunity to meet, train, play and get to know some of the most well known teachers and Mestres in the world of Capoeira. Today, Queijo continues to advance in Capoeira by training at least 4x a week and by helping to lead classes at Axé Capoeira Toronto.

Lee "Cabeça"

Assistant Instructor

Bio coming soon...

Pererê
Fogueira

Dayna "Maré"

Assistant Instructor

Bio coming soon...

Alex "Vagalume"

Assistant Instructor

Bio coming soon...

Pererê