[Season 1: Episode 7]

In this episode, we are joined by Vitor Silva Dos Santos aka Vitor Perninha. Born in Brazil, Vitor started Capoeira at the age of 8, with the “Capoeira Topazio” group.

As a fanatic for working out, training, and acrobatic flips, having a background in parkour, flying trapeze, aerial silks, straps, as well as Chinese Pole plus being a third-generation martial artist, trained in Capoeira, Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing, martial arts, and performance runs in his blood.

On top of teaching Capoeira to his students in Laval, Qc, Vitor was also an acrobat for Cirque du Soleil in the show La Nouba which ran in Florida, as well as stunts for their KA show in Las Vegas.

Be alive, healthy, and happy…every hard moment is going to lead you to a beautiful moment.

If you’ve wondered about the world of capoeira, or what it takes to become part of Cirque du Soleil and could use a dose of drive and determination, then this episode is for you.

Listen as Perninha Capoeira spills it on…

  • Most of us are familiar with martial art styles like karate, Tai Kwon Do, and Jiu-Jitsu. Can you explain what capoeira is?

  • In a real-life threat situation, how would capoeira be more beneficial to use than other martial arts styles?

  • As a member of Cirque du Soleil, I imagine that’s not an easy gig to land. Can you tell us what the auditioning process was like?

  • What was the training, practice, and preparation like for each show?

  • When the pandemic hit, everything changed. What changed for you?

  • What advice would you give someone wanting to become part of Cirque du Soleil?

  • …and so much more!



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