Learn most used forró steps.
Build your forró dance technique.
Understand rhythms and forró culture.

Welcome to the Forró New York Online Course for Beginners with Rafael Piccolotto de Lima!


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

  • This course is for beginners and anyone else intending to practice fundamentals of forró.


More than 5 hours of recorded content covering some of the most important elements in forró

  1. Theory (about music and dance technique)

  2. Demonstration (of steps)

  3. Practice (you can practice from home following the video)

  4. Additional content (including various videos and a list of songs recommended for listening and practicing)

CLASS 1 - part 1

  • Introduction (about 10 minutes)

  • Cultural Contextualization. (about 5 minutes)

  • Understanding the basic beats: (about 20 minutes)

    • Xote

    • Baião

    • Forró

    • Xaxado

    • Arrasta-pé

  • Understanding and practicing the step count. (about 10 minutes)

  • Understanding and practicing weight transfer. (about 10 minutes)

CLASS 1 - part 2

  • Learning and practicing all most common basic steps (about 55 minutes):

    • 1-1

    • 2-2 (in place)

    • 2-2 (to the side)

    • Front & Back

    • Backstep​

    • Cross footwork (additional challenge)

CLASS 2 - part 1

  • Movements recapitulation. (about 10 minutes)

  • Style & body use (about 20 minutes)

    • Posture and dance ethos

    • Use of hips

    • Use of upper body

    • Use of arms

  • Practice basic steps from CLASS 1 in motion - walking to the front, back and sides. (about 30 minutes)

CLASS 2 - part 2

  • ​Learning and practicing transitions between steps. (about 35 minutes)

  • Final routines mixing all learned moves. (about 10 minutes)


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.


$50 - you will have unlimited access to all content related to this course for an entire year.


Rafael Piccolotto de Lima wrote blogs about the importance of basics, available both in English and Portuguese.​



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