FORRÓ ONLINE COURSE

CONNECTION & EMBRACE

Improve your dance embrace technique.
Create meaningful connections.
Use the embrace as a styling opportunity.

GENERAL INFORMATION

 
  • This course is focused on the individual. No partner needed.

  • This course is for forro dancers of all levels* wanting to refine and improve their embrace and connection.

*If you are just starting to dance forró, we recommend you take the Forró Course for Beginners first.

CONTENT

 
  • Understand what makes the forró embrace so unique.

  • Otimize your contact and connection with your partner.

  • ​Explore your entire body as part of your embrace.

  • Understand follow & lead positions in the dance.

  • Otimize your posture for a comfortable close embrace and flexible response.

  • Discover styling possibilities related to the embrace.

  • Develop a sensitive touch in your dance.

  • Learn how to play with the embrace in a creative and musical way.

  • Understand social dynamics in forró events/dances.

 COURSE STRUCTURE 

INTRODUCTION
  • Preface (1:23)

  • Meet the instructor (16:39)

1 - TECHNIQUE

1.1 - Basic principles and techniques (2:13)

1.2 - Contact (3:52)

1.3 - Use of arms (0:54)

1.4 - Traditional position (arms) (7:01)

1.5 - Traditional position (legs) (5:33)

1.6 - Feet proximity (1:50)

1.7 - Head position & contact (2:25)

1.8 - Frame (2:19)

1.9 - Light lead & follow (8:08)

1.10 - Exceptions (2:06)

1.11 - Adaptation (3:51)

2 - PRACTICE, EXERCISES & DANCE

2.1 - Warmup & stretch (7:07)

2.2 - Warmup dance - slow (5:02)

2.3 - Warmup dance - fast (5:30)

2.4 - Basic steps - close position VS open position (2:02)

2.5 - Leg contact technique & exercises with a broom (11:41)

2.6 - Leg contact dance exercise with a broom (4:37)

2.7 - Leg ornament to the side with a broom (8:51)

2.8 - Leg half-circle ornament & 'sacada' with a broom (14:09)

2.9 - Upper body & arms technique using a pillow (16:02)

2.10 - Upper body & arms contact dance with a pillow (8:17)

2.11 - Walks alternating the embrace using a pillow (7:57)

2.12 - Walks alternating the embrace - practice without music (2:50)

2.13 - Walks alternating the embrace - further explanation part 1 (2:00)

2.14 - Walks alternating the embrace - further explanation part 2 (1:21)

2.15 - Walks alternating the embrace - practice with music (4:36)

2.16 - Playing with the embrace in relationship to the music (5:45)

2.17 - Embrace transitions (2:09)

2.18 - Playing with embrace transitions (5:44)

2.19 - Exploring touch & sensations in the dance (6:54)

2.20 - Exploring touch & sensation in the dance using a pillow (7:26)

2.21 - Embrace exercises conclusion (1:16)

3 - CONCEPTS & CONSIDERATIONS

3.1 - Functions of the embrace (2:14)

3.2 - Embrace & creativity (4:30)

3.3 - Style considerations (4:42)

3.4 - Empathy & Rapport (2:04)

3.5 - Lead & follow - traditional roles and new possibilities (2:07)

3.6 - Active embrace (1:29)

3.7 - Pacing & leading (3:02)

3.8 - Call & response (5:35)

3.9 - Proximity, respect & reciprocity (5:22)

3.10 - Eye contact & face expression (1:08)

3.11 - Dance character (3:54)

3.12 - Tactile experience (4:17)

3.13 - Personal care (3:02)

3.14 - How deep do you want to connect? (4:44)

3.15 - Your choices (0:44)

4 - ANALYSIS OF PHOTOS & VIDEOS

4.1 - Case Study: Analysis of screenshots and photos (5:29)

4.2 - Case Study: Analysis of videos (5:36)

4.3 - Case study: video analysis - connection & creativity full dance (5:37)

EPILOGUE
  • What's next (2:06)

  • Conclusion (0:43)

ADDITIONAL CONTENT
  • Basic steps recapitulation (2:49)

  • Social dance (2:39)

  • Social dynamics and parties (5:05)

  • Elevated or grounded feet (5:39)

  • 5 Characteristics of good forró dancers (6:02)

  • 5 Qualities of the best forró embraces (9:40)

 

MEET THE TEACHER

 

Rafael Piccolotto de Lima is an experienced forró dancer from Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil). He has been dancing for more than 14 years and was part of the Forró Brasil dance group between 2006 and 2007, held at Cooperativa Brasil, one of the most important forró venues in the state of São Paulo (in the 2000's).

Being a Latin Grammy nominated composer, conductor and doctor of musical arts, Rafael was also an instructor for special workshops about musicality and creativity in forró dance at Casa do Lago, UNICAMP (State University of Campinas), Brazil.

Rafael is one of the most active forró instructors in North America, teaching weekly in New York City and traveling to give special workshops. He was an instructor at the Forró Fest USA (2017, 2018 and 2019), 4th Boston Brazil Dance Festival (2017), instructor at the NY Forró Fest (2018 and 2019), instructor and creator of the Forrobodó NY Festival (2018), instructor at the Montreal Forró Fest (2019) and instructor and director of the Forró New York Weekend (2019).

Rafael is also one of the leading online forró instructors in North America with the creation of various online courses available here at Forró New York.

PRICE & PAYMENT OPTIONS

 

$40 - you will have access to all content related to this course.

This is a subscription-based plan (that can be renewed every year)

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