A dancer and martial artist?! Growing up I was either dancing or doing karate but never doing the two together. It was not until I found the art of capoeira that I was able to combine elements of my two passions.

Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian art form combining music, dance, acrobatics, and martial arts, has helped me push myself mentally and physically in ways that I would have never thought possible. Upon first glance it may seem that I am break dancing or dancing a choreography learned with my partner. What they are witnessing is the improvisational dialogue between two people using kicks and acrobatics movements to test the abilities of each other.

Through this improvisational martial art I have traveled to various cities across the United States and overseas including to Russia and Brazil. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration both from Winthrop University.

I am currently enrolled at Winthrop in their Masters of Arts Administration program. As a professional dancer in the Charlotte area, I’ve worked with many wonderful artists including  Caroline Calouche, Gaspard & Dancers, Triptych Collective, Moving Spirits, and many others. Prior to studying capoeira, I studied Shaolin Kempo Karate for 14 years and attained the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt.

For me, movement is an art form that allows for infinite creativity and exploration with body and mind and I wish to share this message with others.

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Reba Bowens
Reba Bowens began her formal dance training at the age of 10 at Charleston County School of the Arts, where she spent seven years studying ballet and modern dance techniques. After graduating high school, she was accepted to Winthrop University where she continued her studies in dance. She graduated in 2010 with a B.A. Dance Performance and B.S. in Business Administration. She has had the opportunity to work with Caroline Calouhe, Gaspard & Dancers, Triptych Collective and many others. Along with dance, Reba has been an avid practitioner of martial arts. She studied Shaolin Kempo Karate for 14 years and attained the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt. For the last 10 years has been studying and training capoeira which has allowed her opportunities to travel to Russia, Brazil and various places across the United States. For Reba, movement is an art form that allows for infinite creativity and exploration with body and mind and she hopes that she can share this message with others.