Classes + Workshops

The Alloy School, Capoeira

KST Presents

with José Perez IV

Saturdays, July 16, 23, 30, August 6
11:00am – 11:50am
Ages 10 and up

KST’s Alloy Studios | 5530 Penn Ave.
$10/class for full session; $12.50/drop-in


Also known as “Fight Dance,” Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art created in secret by enslaved peoples during the 16th century. Disguised as a dance and performed to music, this unique and acrobatic form helps increase mobility and coordination while encouraging mindfulness, communication, and improvisation skills.

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José Pérez IV (Capoeira) is a fight choreographer and theater maker. Artistic Director of Big Storm Performance Company. An Advanced Actor Combatant with The Society of American Fight Directors, MFA in Performance Pedagogy from the University of Pittsburgh, BFA in Drama from NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing. New York performances at venues including Times Square Arts Center, HERE Arts Center, Joe’s Pub, The Ohio Theater, and Theater for the New City.


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For Participants & Caretakers

Saturday, July 9

KST’s Alloy Studios | 5530 Penn Ave.

Interested in registering for classes or already registered? KST has a one-hour orientation for families at KST’s Alloy Studios. Meet The Alloy School Education Coordinator, Simon Phillips, and hear from our Teaching Artists, each of whom will present their style and share what participants will learn over the course of the session.

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Let’s Move Family Dance Party

Saturday, August 13

Kelly Strayhorn Theater | 5941 Penn Ave.
Pay What Moves You: $5–20

Celebrate The Alloy School journey with our Showcase and Let’s Move Family Dance Party on at Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Each class will present material from their class session on the mainstage, after which we move to the lobby for family beats and community crafts.

The Alloy School is made possible with support from the Arts Equity Reimagined Collective Action for Re-Imagining Vibrancy Fund grant, a funding initiative managed by New Sun Rising; the Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of the Buhl Foundation, The Grable Foundation, and the McElhattan Foundation. Kelly Strayhorn Theater is supported in part by the taxpayers of Allegheny County through a public grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD). RAD works here. The Alloy School is relaunched in collaboration with PearlArts as part of the PearlArts @ KST Mutual-Aid Residency.