Footfire Soccer Camp 2015

Thank you for an amazing 20th year! Look for 2016 information in mid-December.

Adult Classes

Teen/Adult Capoeira with Professor Xangô : Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 pm. Starts Tuesday, September 15.

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

Look for more offerings soon!

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Kids Classes

Kids' Capoeira with Zensay: beginners, Fridays, 5 pm, and Saturdays 11am; intermediate, Fridays, 6pm and Saturdays 10am Register ONLINE!. Starts Friday, September 18

Kids Kung Fu all level, Saturdays, 9am. Register ONLINE! Starts Saturday, September 19.

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Special Events: Cooking Classes

Chef Maria Teresa Capdevielle shares her expertise in Italian cooking in the PLA/Footfire Kitchen each month.

August - Italian Regional Cuisine: Flavors of Tuscany. Menu includes: cannelini beans crostini, gnudi, naked ravioli, with spinach and ricotta, roasted herbed pork loin and Tuscan cookies. August 23, Sunday, 11am-2pm, $80. Register

September - Pasta Workshop. Join Maria for a hands-on class and learn how to make traditional fresh home-made pastas from scratch. You are going to learn how to make different shapes of pastas and simple but delectables sauces to pair with each one of them:
Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage Sauce, Green pappardelle with Simple Tomato Sauce, and Tagliatelle with classic pesto. A light salad to clean the palate will be served. September 13, Sunday, 11am-2pm. $80. Register

October - Italian Regional Cuisine: Fall in Piedmont. Piedmont is notable for its cuisine that combines the richness of the Italian tradition with influences from France. Menu highlights include risotto with truffles, meat braised in Barolo, and hazelnut cake. October 10, Saturday, 3-6pm, $80. Register

December - Italian Holiday Cookies. In this exciting hands-on class chef Maria Capdevielle is going to share some of her favorite cookies and confections to celebrate the holidays from Campainia, Abruzzo, Liguria and Tuscany. December 5, Saturday, 3-6pm, $80. Register

Read more about Maria Teresa's Kitchen on her website and Maria's Facebook Page is full of useful cooking tips and ideas.

All cooking classes take place in our Playing Life Academy kitchen. Sunny and spacious, it's a lovely setting for cooking and enjoying the results!

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!