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
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
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...