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WHAT IS FORRÓ?

THE DANCE

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FORRÓ (FAW-HAW)

Forró is the hip-swinging partner dance from North-East Brazil, originating in the early 1900s, using influences from Salsa and other Latin-American dances. These days, Forró is an integral part of Brazilian culture, with many Brazilians learning the dance and spreading it around the world.

 

Forró is a close partner dance, and many of the moves require close connection between the two dancers to create the fluid and beautiful movements we can see on the dancefloor!

 

We start every Forró night off with first steps, so any beginners can learn the basic movements and anyone else can brush up on them! Just 10 minutes with us and you’ll be dancing the dance of happiness well into the evening!

WHAT IS FORRÓ?

THE MUSIC

Folk Music

The traditional music of Forró uses an Accordion, a Triangle and a Zabumba (a type of drum). One of the most famous artists, Luiz Gonzaga, popularised this style of Forró music in the 1940s and this style has persisted since.

 

These days, as well as the traditional musical setup, many Forró bands are using other instruments to expand Forró into new areas, such as Guitars and Pandeiros (a type of Tambourine). These changes are also reflected in the lyrics of the songs.

 

In the 1940s the songs were about rural life, and the hardships or issues involved. These days many of the songs are more “urbanised”, with bands playing for more middle class audiences and as such, the songs and lyrics reflect this change in the lifestyle of Brazil.

Forrobamba at Forro da Alegria's Brazilica Launch Party
Forrobamba at Forro da Alegria's Brazilica Launch Party

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