Mestra Márcia “Cigarra”, born Márcia Treidler, is the founder of ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (“ACSF”). In 1982, Mestra Cigarra began studying capoeira under Mestre Camisa in Rio de Janeiro, successfully developing into Mestre Camisa’s top female student. There she was given her capoeira nickname of “Cigarra,” or “Dragonfly” in Portuguese. In 1987, she began to conduct classes for street children, youth, and adults in Rio de Janeiro. In 1991, Mestra Cigarra moved to the United States to teach capoeira here. In 1997, she was granted permanent residency in the United States as an “Alien with Extraordinary Abilities.” That same year, Mestra Cigarra founded the ACSF Brazilian Arts Center in San Francisco.
Mestra Cigarra is one of the top seven capoeiristas out of over 40,000 international ABADÁ-Capoeira members. She is the first female student of Mestre Camisa to be awarded the rank “Mestra.” Over the years, she has garnered many honors and international recognition for her work with ACSF. Because capoeira was a male-dominated martial art form for over 300 years, Mestra Cigarra’s achievements have cleared the path for other women to excel. Her outstanding achievements make her a highly sought-after teacher, an inspirational leader, and an important role model. Today, Mestra Márcia continues to oversee and direct all ACSF performance and instructional programs. She also continues to teach internationally across the globe, while remaining as lead instructor for all ACSF adult and teen capoeira classes.