October Events!

Shimmy On! This Saturday: Bellydance party, hafla, to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Come watch or perform at this informal celebration of bellydance! Homemade middle eastern food! Friends and family welcome. Join us in our studio garden setting. Donation requested: $10-$20. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Association. Interested in performing or just want more information? Call (510) 845-5626 or yangjenliu@gmail.com. Visit our Shimmy On! Facebook page. October 11, Saturday, 7:00-8:30pm.

Learn to cook Italian Cuisine with Maria Teresa Capdevielle. On October 25 Maria will treat us to a class on Italian Tapas. Read more about Maria Teresa's Kitchen.

Ongoing Classes for Adults!

Teen/Adult Capoeira with Professor Xangô : Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 pm

Bellydance with Rebecca Vasile: Mondays, 6:15-7:10 pm, Bellydance Conditioning; 7:15-8:30 pm, Bellydance Drills and Wednesdays, 6:15-7:10, Beginning Bellydance; 7:15-8:30 pm, Intermediate Bellydance. Special offer for New Students: 3 classes for $25. No class Monday, Sept. 1.

Adults: Kick-start your fitness plan by scheduling a personal training session with Zensay!

Request more information. See the schedule.

Ongoing Kids Classes!

Kids' Capoeira with Zensay: beginners, Fridays, 5 pm, and Saturdays 11am; intermediate, Fridays, 6pm and Saturdays 10am Register ONLINE!

Kids Kung Fu, all level, Saturdays, 9am. Register ONLINE!

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Footfire 2014!

Thank you campers, CITs, staff and all for an amazing soccer season! Let's do it all again in 2015, our 20th year! More info. to come January. Footfire on Facebook.

Playing Life Academy: Builds Community!

Playing Life Academy, home of Brincadeira Viva Academy and Footfire Soccer, located in West Berkeley, has sparked creativity, and fostered confidence through physical and musical arts programs for children, teens and adults for over 20 years.

Where families come to play! We are taking our commitment to the community to a new level this fall with new activities across the age groups.

Playing energizes, motivates and inspires. Playing engages you completely so that learning takes place without struggle. When you play you are plugged in to the healthy and productive best you – the playful you. You solve problems. You exceed expectations. You are confident. You can tell, and so can everyone else, because it's written all over your face in a big smile.

The physical and musical arts are a direct path to your natural physical, mental and spiritual gifts.

Playing is not always easy. There are challenges to be faced at every phase of the learning process. Everyone brings strengths and areas for improvement. No worries. This is just the type of challenge our teachers love. It's what our training space was designed for. We'll build on your innate talents. Then we'll get the creative juices flowing and tailor the program to transform those weaknesses into strengths. Your uniqueness thrills us. It makes all of our lives better.

Our Playing Life students are surprising. After Playing Life the world is their classroom, their playground. Going beyond connecting the dots, our students design the plan. According to their e-mails from Brazil, Europe and other spots around the globe, they are creators and contributors. We couldn't have imagined all the riveting details, but we saw it in them from the beginning and are proud to have contributed along the way. They shatter norms. The way it should be.

We invite you to share our unique Playing Life perspective: see yourself as we do – at your best!