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Understand forró melodies, harmony, and form.
Be more expressive in your dance.
Explore music and movement relationship.


General Information
  • More than 4 hours of videos and additional content.

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

  • This course is for intermediate and advanced dancers wanting to explore new creative possibilities exploring musicality.


  • Understand musical concepts:

    • Melody

    • Harmony

    • Form

      • Musical phrases

      • Theme structure

      • Arrangement

  • Learn how to use the moves you know according to elements in the music.

    • Plan your moves according to the form

    • Change your steps according to the melody

    • Prepare and execute breaks and holds

    • Modify the character of your dance according to the music ethos

    • Create an interesting narrative with your dance.


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 2000s).

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), an instructor at the NY Forró Fest (2018 and 2019), instructor and creator of the Forrobodó NY Festival (2018), an 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.

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