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Professor Vagalume

Professor Vagalume (Jon-Michael Blowe) is the lead instructor of Capoeira El Paso, under the United Capoeira Association (UCA). He started training Capoeira in Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2005 and demonstrated such enthusiasm and commitment as a young student after just two years he was granted permission to start the El Paso school, a rare occurrence in Capoeira where most students are not given this responsibility until after several years of training. Since then, Mr. Blowe has worked diligently to grow the school and raise awareness of Capoeira in the city. He received his Blue/Yellow/Green cord and the title of Professor in December 2019. He travels as much as possible to other events in order to continue his own training and increase his knowledge. His goal is to make the El Paso school as big as possible and ensure every El Pasoan recognizes Capoeira and has the opportunity to learn this art. His steadfast eagerness is unwavering and continues to be the guiding force in developing the school. He teaches the adult classes and co-teaches the kids classes as his schedule allows. 

Monitora Rapunzel

Monitora Rapunzel (Lori Navarrete) has been training Capoeira since her college days. She was happy to have found Capoeira when she returned to El Paso in 2008 to continue training and quickly became a mainstay in the school. She received her blue/green cord in January 2019 and now teaches adult classes and co-teaches kids classes as well as the kinder class on occasion. In addition she manages all daily operations of the Capoeira group and Sol Studio while maintaining a full-time job and her sanity. She tries to travel to other Capoeira events in between to continue her own training. 

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