Forro is a casual Brazilian dance. Some Forro steps can be seen in Cumbia and others in Ballroom Samba. There are different Forro music styles which allows for different dance styles including the Latin Hustle. Another authentic Brazilian dance is Samba de Gafieira.
Forro, the dance, evolved in north-eastern Brazil as a dance companion to Forro music. Some say the word Forró came from the English expression 'for all', since this an easy dance for that everybody can learn, - a dance for all. Others say the word derives from forrobodó, a happy Brazilian party.
Characteristic Movements of Forro Dance
Forro shares a characteristic bounce with Samba de Gafieira. It is the kind of bounce that is frowned upon in ballroom dancing with both the body and the hands bouncing. The bounce has been sanitized in Ballroom Samba as a step that mimics trying to step over a log.
A Brazilian musician from the northeast, Luiz Gonzaga is credited with bringing Forro to Rio de Janiero in the 1940's. Gonzaga and Geraldo Azevedo are considered traditional Forro composers.
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