Nego Gato, a master of capoeira Angola, bridges time, culture, and geography. As a teen I truly believed that my generation invented breakdancing—until one day I saw old film footage of an ex-slave shuffling his feet, uprock style, before dropping to his hands and knees to do a six-step circle. Years later I encountered capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art from which breaking developed. Disguised as a dance to avoid raising the suspicions of white masters, it was practiced by Africans enslaved in Brazil. Along with percussionists from his Bahian Folkloric Troupe, Nego Gato will demonstrate the acrobatic grace of this fighting dance in a demonstration and party as part of the Kennedy Center’s “Expresiones Latinas” festival. At 10 p.m. at Rumba Cafe, 2443 18th St. NW. Free. (202) 416-8422. (Holly Bass)

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