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$75 (per month) -  All that Forró New York has to offer online! Full access to all live classes and recorded courses. It includes 8 hours of live classes every month and more than 80 hours of recorded content on demand.

Join today and win a 30-minute private online lesson! Limited-time offer.

$60 (per month) - Live stream classes package - This grants you access to all live stream classes (8 hours of classes per month) + replays of classes + forró workout videos. (click here for more info)

$45 (per month) - Complete course subscription - A total of more than 50 hours of videos on demand. This grants you access to the complete library of weekly classes produced during March-August 2020. PLUS Additional access to the beginner's course, all live stream replays (including classes with guest instructors), and forró workouts (click here for more info)

$30 (per month) - Live stream replays package - This grants you access to recorded video replays from the Wednesday live stream classes + forró workouts. (click here for more info)

$15 (per month) - Forró workout - More than 8 hours of videos on demand. This grants you access to recorded video replays from the forró workout series. (click here for more info)


$50 (per year) - Online Course for Beginners - This grants you access to the library of videos produced for this specific course. A total of more than 5 hours of videos and additional content. (click here for more info)

$60 (per year) - Musicality Course: Understanding Forró Rhythms - This grants you access to the library of videos produced for this specific course. A total of more than 4 hours of videos and additional content. (click here for more info)

$40 (per year) - Connection & Embrace Course - This grants you access to the library of videos produced for this specific course. A total of more than 3 hours of videos and additional content. (click here for more info)

$40 (per year) - Dance Vocabulary - This grants you access to the library of videos produced for this specific course. A total of more than 4 hours of videos and additional content. (click here for more info)


Register at least 2 hours before the beginning of class.

$20 - Single live stream class - This grants you access to one Wednesday live stream session (2h). (click here for more info)

$85 - Private Online Lesson - 1 hour with instructor Rafael Piccolotto de Lima.


Send us an email to check available hours. (special discount for participants of our online courses and/or for packages of lessons - send an email to to learn more)


Rafael Piccolotto de Lima is an experienced forró dancer from Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil). He has been dancing for more than 15 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 during the forró universitário movement.

Being a Latin Grammy nominated composer, conductor and doctor of musical arts, Rafael brings a unique perspective to musicality. He 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). He also produced forró events in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, and Toronto. 

Rafael is 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 (New York)


Forró online has been the silver lining of the pandemics! Each class is filled with creativity, musicality and a lot of fun. Rafa is extremely innovative and attentive (and very organized!). 

Anne L. (Ottawa - Canada)


“Rafael's creativity and musicality classes are always pushing me out from the comfort zone in a positive way. I’ve learned that with any song, you can make it your own and experiment new things with your body if you’re up for it. And if your dance partner is up for it. There’s just limitless opportunities to express yourself through a song. Thanks, Rafa, for helping to build this foundation during the pandemic.”

Tuomas Ranta (San Francisco)


"Taking forró online has brought me so much joy or the past months. not only have I loved the community we’re creating, I’m also recognizing the value of dancing alone! practicing challenging moves, working on balance, and learning from a diversity of teachers have really helped grow my skills and confidence, preparing me for when we can get out there in person!"

Carey Dufey (New York)


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 (San Franscisco)



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 (Ottawa - Canada)


"Coming back to dance after stopping for the first many months of the pandemic felt like a new discovery. It is an entirely separate feeling to dance alone--to deeply understand basic concepts and learn the way you move and express yourself without the influence of others. It's been a gift. And, it's at the core of dancing forró. Until the day we can all dance together in community, I'll be here in my living room dancing with myself."

Mariana Pugliese (New York)



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