The NY Forro Fest brings together dancers for Brazilian forro classes with instructors from around the globe (from beginner to advanced) and parties where participants can put their new moves to the test, all set to the music of incredibly talented forro musicians.
By bringing you local and international 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!
We New York forrozeiros are spoiled in the riches of Brazilian musicality, with live music forro parties happening multiple times per week with world class musicians. We are so excited to share these experiences you!
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!
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