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Meet the Instructor

Rafael Piccolotto de Lima is an experienced forró dancer from Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil). Being a Latin Grammy nominated composer, conductor and doctor of musical arts, Rafael brings a very unique perspective to dance floor and his classes, specially in regards to musicality.


He has been dancing for more than 15 years and is one of the most active forró instructors in North America, teaching weekly in New York City since 2017 and traveling across USA and internationally (Canada and Europe) to teach special workshops.


Rafael was an instructor at the Forró Fest USA (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022), 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, 2021, and 2022).

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.


Blog & Vlog

Watch a video-blog about the "forró Wednesday" experience (recorded in 2018). Watch it below.

We have also a blog about it, in portuguese and english:


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