Develop your dance technique and style.
Learn new movements every week.
Socialize with other dancers around the world.


  • This series of classes are focused on the individual. No partner needed.

  • This series of classes are beginner-friendly, but we recommend first-time dancers to take our beginners course before joining our live sessions.

  • Open level classes, welcoming dancers with various levels of experience.

  • Each session focus on a different set of movements and content.

  • Classes are being recorded and will be available for replay.


  • Wednesday nights, 2 sessions of 55 minutes each. 8 pm and 9 pm (New York time).

    • 8 pm sessions are focused on movements & techniques, including a stretch, warm-up, dance routine, repertoire of movements, and technique exercises.

    • 9 pm sessions are focused on musicality, creativity & expression, including styling, music theory for non-musicians, and practical exercises to explore the relationship between music and dance, movement and sound.

  • Each session also includes an additional 5-minute social time.


Upcoming Classes


Wednesday - September 30, 2020

8 pm - Focus on movements & techniques.

9 pm - Focus on musicality, creativity & expression​.


  • Register preferable at least 24h prior to the session to guarantee your participation.

  • Once you register via email and paid you will receive a direct link to the live session.

  • We are using the ZOOM app for our live streams. The software is very intuitive, and you can watch a basic tutorial if you have never used it and want to be better prepared. There are many tutorials available on youtube.

  • Please be mindful of other participants and have your microphone on mute at all times, except if you are asking a question during the "questions and answer" portion of the session or during the social time.

  • Make sure you have a good internet connection.

  • Have fun!



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.



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I’ve been taking dancing classes my whole life and nothing compares to what I’ve been learning with Rafael. I believe that because he’s a composer and a conductor and his approach to music and rhythm is completely different to what is out there and it has changed the way I dance forever. Not only the way I dance forró, but everything. It changed my perspective. On top of the an amazing classes, the environment is fun, people are awesome. You learn a skill at the same time you make friends for life. Highly recommended!

Lívia Silva


I didn’t know what to expect when I started taking online classes with Rafael. It was hard to imagine how to learn a couple’s dance virtually. I can tell it has been a beautiful experience. Rafael knows how to explain complex concepts in a simple way, and in every class he gives us elements to build new vocabulary in our dance. I think that because he is a musician, he understands the dance from the inside out. It feels like he is teaching us how to perform individual notes and, then it is to us to put them together and create new “music” with our bodies and feet. 


Rafael makes the classes interactive and fun. We can always ask questions and get feedback. Thank you so much Rafael. I love your classes!

Angelica Vargas Prada



I really enjoy Rafa's classes because he teaches different techniques and different steps in a way that is very easy to understand. And because of his background as a musician, he is great at teaching musicality and how to express ourselves with our bodies. I fully recommend this class, 100%!

Elaine Simon


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