MESTRANDA MÁRCIA CIGARRA
Mestranda Márcia “Cigarra” (Márcia Treidler), originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is ACSF’s founder and artistic director. She is one of the top ten capoeiristas out of the 40,000 international ABADÁ-Capoeira members and the first female student of Mestre Camisa to be awarded the rank “Mestranda”, a title shared with some of the world’s top practitioners. Because capoeira was a male-dominated art form for over 300 years, Mestranda Cigarra’s achievements have cleared the path for other women to excel.
August 2010: Honored by the Women Capoeira Leaders Encounter in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and awarded "1er Jogos Femininos da ABADÁ-Capoeira" (1st place ABADÁ-Capoeira Female Competition).
2010: Mestranda Cigarra appears as one of the community leaders mural at Horace Mann Middle School in the Mission, San Francisco.
May 2010: Community Leadership Award at a statewide summit for girls in sports hosted by Team up for Youth & Athletes for Hope, for her role helping to support girls and women in sports.
October 2009: Flyaway Productions: 10 Women Campaign Award, for her work as a “Bridge-Builder” who brings together disparate communities
May 2008: Team Up for Youth All-Star Award, which recognizes exceptional role models
April 2008: Granted American citizenship after 15 years as a Brazilian immigrant
March 2008: International leadership of ABADA-Capoeira names her Regional Leader for North America
December 2007: Certificate of Honor from Gavin Newsom and the City and County of San Francisco for her dedicated service to the Latino community
October 2007: Documentary CIGARRA CAPOEIRISTA completed and screened at SF and Boston Film Festivals
September 2007: KQED Latino Community Hero Award in recognition of her long-standing impact on Bay Area communities