Junio Reis de Souza was born in Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerias), Brazil. He started forró dancing by the influence of school friends about thirteen years ago in
In the year 1999, he started learning dança de salão (Brazilian-style ballroom dance: forró, samba de gafieira, tango, bolero, soltinho and cha-cha-cha) int the professional dance school Academia Dançarte in Belo Horizonte. During this time at Academia Dançarte Junio has also attended different classes with well renowned Brazilian dancers like Jaime Arôxa, Jomar Mesquita and Carlinhos de Jesus.
During the past 9 years he is beeing working to expand the Brazilian dance forró giving classes in Germany (Aachen, Köln, Bonn, Stuttgart, Rostock and Düsseldorf) and other european countries like Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Russia and Poland.
In 2005 Junio founded the Forró Aachen association and organizes since 2008 even year the Forró Aachen dancing Festival. He is very glad today wachting a great amount of people dancing forró outside Brazil.
Foto: Mariam Samernejad
Terra was born in Minas Gerais and grew up in Sao Paulo. At the age of 15, he discovered the mid-90s strongly growing Forro scene in Sao Paulo, began to learn the dance and frequented the booming Casas de Forro of Sao Paulo. This new interpretation and development of Forro – the urbanization of the traditional Forro Pe-de-Serra – is what stamps Terra's dance style and also what he transmits to his pupils. Terra is co-founder and chief executive of the Brazilian cultural association Verein Brasilianischer Kulturen Stuttgart e.V. and of Europe's greatest Forro festival Forro de Domingo Festival. Since 2002, he lives in Germany and is regarded as one of the main characters in the dissemination of Forro in Europe.
Henni, born and grown up in Germany, is already engaged in the Brazilian
culture for 12 years. In 2006 she started to dance Forro more intensively and in the same year she participated in the first Forro de Domingo in Stuttgart. Starting with a constant support to the Forro in Stuttgart, she is nowadays a fix part of the organization team and teaches Forro inter alia in the Danca Bonito Dance School. She accompanied all Forro de Domingo Festivals, working as editor, advertiser, teacher, and above all as organizer and contact person for the participants. With enthusiasm she devotes herself in the spread and support of the Brazilian couple dance in Europe.
Pablo, born in Minas Gerais, grew up closely connected to the world of music and dance. He began with ballroom dancing such as Salsa, Samba, Gafieira,
and at his 14’s discovered the Forro Universitario. He participated in Forro classes in Belo Horizonte and with 16 years started his career as a Forro teacher. At the age of 20, Pablo created his own Forro project in Portugal, where the dance was still unknown. He became a pioneer of Forro in Portugal, particularly in Lisbon as a co-founder of the Portuguese Forro Association (APF).
Today, Pablo is a renowned Forro teacher, participates in dance festivals in Portugal and other European countries, such as England, Poland and Germany. And in addition to that he works as a musician, composer and vocalist.
Juliana was born in Belo Horizinte. At the age of ten, she started her education in modern dance, theatre, afro-brazilian and folklore dance at the first dance school for modern dance in the cita: Transforma In 1981, Juliana´s father took her to a gafieira: a place where people dance samba, bolero and other partning dances, and where Juliana discovered saloon dances as her passion. She took up intensive classes with the best saloon dancers of Belo Horizonte. In 2007, Juliana Braga established the Espaço Cultural. This cosy dance school is located in the heart of Amsterdam and Juliana uses it for much more than just dance classes. In Espaço Cultural, she organises children’s activities, cultural activities to support local artists, and of course parties to support Brazilian musicians.
My name is Carlos Andre, I have been dancing Forro for twelve years and teaching Forro for five years. When I moved to London, I began teaching beginners and advanced classes at Kiss club and taught private individual lessons. I also held classes at other Forro venues around London. For the past four years, I have been organising major Forro concerts, bringing some of the best known Forro bands from Brazil such as Trio Dona Zefa to play in London and other European countries. I am currently organising the first London Forro congress, with teachers from across Europe. Winner of the 2009 UK Forro competition and the Brazilian Grammy award for the best UK Forro teacher in 2011 London Forro Congress!
Rudolfo was born in Olinda, situated inthe northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco. His passion for Forró wasinflamed already in early childhood yearswhen he participated in the so called Quadrilhas at the traditional Forró parties Festas Juninas, which alwaystake place in the month of June. At theage of 14 his interest in Forró becamestronger and he learnt the original Forrostyles from Brazil's northeast. When hewas 19 years old, his ambition grew toalso learn Forró Universitário and hebegan to mix the styles and therebycreated his very own dance style. In 2010, Rudolfo moved to Cologne wherehe founded the group Forró de Colônia, together with his very talented dancepartner Veronika.
Dancer, teacher and choreographer since 2008, its inception in dance, she has won the Brazilian Forró
Championship, awards in many national and international festivals, taught classes in various Brazil Dance Congresses, and was present inseveral TV shows and traveled to several countries in South America and Europe.
Marilia through their studies in ballroom dancing, different forró styles and theater, focuses on developing the charm, waggle, sensuality and expression in dance, making her forró dance style very irreverente.
Bruno Prado was born in Rio de janeiro and only late started his dancing evolution. In 2008, with 24 years old he began learning Samba de Gafieira, Bolero, Swing, Salsa, Zouk and Forró at Centro de Dança Alex Carvalho. Since 2009 he started studying Forró in and out of Brasil, and since then he’s been developing an happy and energetic style of his own. Today he’s one of the teachers at Centro de Dança Alex Carvalho, one of the best dancing school in Rio de Janeiro. Together with his dance partner Joyce Mendonça, they’ve been spreading Forró dance and music all around Rio de Janeiro, providing classes in Workshops and congresses. Besides teaching, he also competes, being actually the 3rd classified in Brasilian Forró championship. He’s in his first tour through Europe where he’s giving Forro, Samba and Zouk classes
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