Forró is all about fun, meeting new people, and sharing the passion for this simple music and dance. Don’t know where to start? Come try one of the classes, and make sure to stay for the parties afterwards. You don’t need to have a dance partner, in the classes the teachers rotate partners regularly, which allows you to meet everyone. And then… don’t be shy, invite others to dance and you will enjoy yourself from day one!
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London – Classes with Carlos Andre
Carlos Andre has over twelve years of experience teaching Forró. He has weekly classes for beginners and advanced classes at different clubs in London in addition to private individual lessons. Andre plays a central role in the Forró scene in London, organizing great Forró concerts and organizing the Forró festival in London. He has also been awarded the Best UK Forró teacher 2010 and 2011. He was honored by the prefecture of Cubatão for the cultural work he has been doing in 2016, For private classes and information contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 7882 039 756
Forró at The Lighthouse| Tuesdays
New venue! Workshops focus on footwork/roots from 7.15pm and cost £10, then there is social dancing and party until 10:45pm, and the entrance is free!
More info here | The Lighthouse Bar, 62 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY
London – Forró me Up | Wednesdays
Wondering what to do on a boring Wednesday night? Come dance some forró! Different level classes are usually ran from 7pm to 8:15pm with Alexandra, Anax, Cleiton and team (or occasional guest teachers). Entry £8 class included, DJ and live music after the class.
More info here | Juju’s Bar and Stage – Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR London
London – The Church on Exmouth Market | Saturdays
The aptly named Forró Family parties take place in the hall of a church rather than a bar, which helps create a truly friendly atmosphere. Julia and her brother Andy, helped by other members of the forró community, have been running this for over 7 years. The evening starts with 7pm classes (beginners/improvers, £7) and goes on with a party (£6, or £8 if live band).
More info here | The Church, 24 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE Map
Forró in Floripa | Selected Sundays
On special Sundays afternoons, it is time for a fantastic Fusion of Fun, Food & Forró with Friends and Family – Floripa is an excellent bar & restaurant just a few minutes’ walk from Old Street tube station, giving us the space to eat, drink and dance in the heart of London! This takes place about twice a month – check the facebook page below.
More info here | Floripa, 91-93 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HZ
Oxford – ST Giles Church | Mondays
Join the fun every Monday evening in Oxford. The beginner/improver level class with Carlos Andre (from Forró London) is at 8-9pm (only £5). You can stay on afterwards for free social dancing or a chat while listening to some great Brazilian rhythms.
More info here | @ St Giles Church Hall, 10 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HT
Birmingham – Cafe Forro
Forró is also in Birmingham! Live forró music and dance every month at Ort Cafe and weekly dance classes on Tuesdays for beginners-intermediates. Join the Facebook group to track events.
More info here | Ort Cafe, 500-504 Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 9AH