FORRO
pronounced four-hoar

Forro originates in the Northeast of Brazil, but is played and danced everywhere in the country. It is danced with a parnter and is another "MADE IN BRAZIL" rhythm. Like everything else from Brazil, forro is full of mixtures and influences.

It's said that the original name of FORRO came from some old English parties back in the colonial times (and yeah, believe it or not, even the English had a small part to play in the influences that affected the Brazilian culture).
Apparently there was a small English presence in Brazil for a short period of time somewhere in the 19th century. They used to promote big popular parties for the common people of Northeast, where everybody was made welcome. These parties were known as ''FOR ALL" (which Brazilians addapted to their own language as FORRO).

In time, as they became more and more popular among the Brazilians, FORRO became a new rythm, with origins in those English parties mixed with other local influences/elements in Brazil.

Nowadays, FORRO (pronounced as ''four hoar'') is one of the most popular Brazilian rhythms and is danced EVERYWHERE in the country. It's characteriscaly simple to dance and the music easy to follow.

There are a few different styles of FORRO too, but all of them can be danced marking 1 and 2 on the feet. As long as you keep marking, you can add pretty much anything you like, go any direction you choose. It's up to your imagination. The only thing that can't happen is YOU standing still! You won't resist it...

Forro styles

Xote
Baiao
Xaxado
Vanerao
Puladinho