Forro - Forró (the Dance) - Steps


Forro dancing styles are informally often grouped into two main "families", simply for practical reasons: The older Nordestino (North-eastern) type of Forro and the Universitário (University) Forro that developed later in the South.

Nordestino forro is danced with the couple much closer together, with their legs often inter-twined and a characteristic sideways shuffle movement. Because of the intimacy, there are not as many step variations in this style.

Universitário forro, with its origins in the big southern cities of Brazil, is the more popular style outside of the north-east. Its basic step is forward-backwards - slightly similar to traditional Bolero or Salsa. With more space between the pair, many more moves, steps and turns are possible than in Nordestino styles. The more common steps include:

  • Dobradiça - the couple opens to the side;
  • Caminhada - simple step of the couple to the front or the back;
  • Comemoração - balancing step, with the man's leg between the ladies';
  • Giros - a variety of turns, both simple and ones involving both dancers;
  • Oito - a movement of both dancers around each other, side by side.

Universitário forro supposedly evolved from (and is still very similar to) the pé-de-serra/baião styles, while Nordestino is used to refer to the styles more like the original xote.

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