About Us - NY Forro Fest May 31-June 3, 2018


The New York Forro Festival will bring together dancers for four days of Brazilian forro dance classes (from beginner to advanced) and live music festival parties at night where participants can socialize and dance with world renowned musicians.

We're Here for the Music!

We New York forrozeiros are spoiled in the riches of Brazilian musicality, with live forro parties happening multiple times per week with world class musicians. We are so excited to share these experiences you! 

We're Here for the Dance!

By bringing you local and internationally renowned forro dance instructors for three days of classes, we guarantee you will learn new moves by day that you can put into action by night at the parties!

What Is Forro?

Pronounced "Fo-Ho"


Forró music is the accordion-driven party music of northeast Brazil, and the legacy of its primary innovator, the great Luiz Gonzaga (think New Orleans Zydeco mixed with central-European Polka). Traditionally, the music involves only three instruments: an accordion, a bass drum called zabumba and a metal triangle. This folk music draws its origins from African as well as European rhythms and was played in the popular balls in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

There are many styles: in addition to forró, you will hear the words baião, xote, xaxado or xamego, which all describe variations of the same type of rhythm. The lyrics are often full of nostalgia for rain, home, or lost love. 

The charismatic accordion player Luiz Gonzaga was one of the first, most famous and loved figures that increased the popularity of the genre outside its original region, especially in cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, where large populations of immigrants from the Nordeste migrated.


Forro dance is the Brazilian hip-swivelling, dance floor-filling, now globally popular dance originated in northeast Brazil.  Don't be intimidated:  forro's accessibility is the main reason for its exploding popularity. With a good teacher, you'll pick up the basics in a matter of minutes. 

As some forrozeiros (forro lovers) would put it, “it’s less competitive than salsa and less pedantic than tango…”. It is arguably one of the easier partner dances to master, which is why it’s so addictive and increasingly popular!