Daniel Ribeiro had his first contact with the arts when he was 14, as a musician. After receiving his degree in Music, he started his dance studies in 2009. Daniel started his teaching activities in 2011, at the oGrupo dance group in Barão Geraldo, an university town near the city of São Paulo, in Brazil. With Forró as his main dance since the beginning, in his eight years of dance Daniel also studied other latin ballroom rythms, specially Argentine Tango. Besides that, he has also studied body awareness in Brazil (Klauss Vianna technique).
Clarisse’s dancing experience began with several years of rhythmic gymnastics, followed by contemporary/Jazz dance when she was a teenager. Clarisse fell in love with Forró in 2013, while residing in Campinas (SP, Brazil), and adopted it as her main dance style since then. In 2016, she started teaching Forró in San Diego (CA, USA). She also studies Argentine Tango as a way of bringing some of its interesting qualities – high body awareness and connection between partners – into her Forró dancing and teaching style.
As teachers, Daniel and Clarisse strive to use rich imagery, precise technical explanations and body mechanics to help their students attain the best possible results with their bodies. Their style combines influences from various Forró strands, always emphasizing musicality and connection between partners. They have taught and performed throughout several cities in Brazil, Latin and North America. They currently reside in San Diego (California, USA), where they teach and aim to improve the North American Forró community as founding members of the Forró in San Diego Group.
Camila was born in Portugal and has always had a great passion for dance. At 14 years old, she began practicing Argentine Tango. This she did for 3 years along with 4 years of salsa. She also exposed herself to African dance styles such as Kizomba and Semba. In 2010, now 17, she felt the need to explore her movement in a new and exciting way, which was when she found forró and fell in love instantly. She began taking classes with Pablo Dias, and became his dance partner 1 year later in 2011, teaching classes at dance festivals all over the world. In 2014, Camila decided to pursue her own solo career as a forró teacher and has since taught in London for 3 years. She is now based in Lisbon, teaching regularly at Espaço Baião, developing an interesting side of styling and mixed classes, where she encourages women and men to take their exploration of forró to new heights!
Dancer, teacher and choreographer of ballroom dances, has forró as her main dance.
She has won the Brazilian Forró Championship, awards in many national and international festivals, traveled to several countries around the world, has been in many TV shows, dance congresses throughout Brazil and her last conquer was as best forró teacher of Brazil in 2015 and 2016 (by Baila Mundo). Her research in ballroom dances and Brazilian folk dances led her to achieve a multicultural forró dance, without prejudice, after all in her opinion forró is the dance that most express the wiggle and the charme of women.
Reaching the 10th year of forró she could see among classes, dancefloors and student’s needs the importance of having a moment to really take care of the followers skills, its “rights and duties”. There are many important topic to practice, learn and develop, from body conscience and dance technics to style, charm and personality without missing/controlling the following skills.
Now she is living in Lyon and is helping to develop even more the forró scene with the association “Forró em Lyon” as their partner, teacher and member.
Since he was a child, Tiago has been involved with dancing & teaching. While attending school, he was responsible for choreography and many group performances of various kinds and involving many different rhythms.
Tiago has also been a Capoeira teacher since he was 12 years old. Capoeira helped him create and improve his physical & teaching skills, in addition to becoming more musically conscious. Tiago studied 2,5 years of Physical Education (licenciature) in Brazil. During this period, he was invited to Thays Reis’s Group to dance Jazz for 1,5 years. He then went on to begin his Bachelor’s degree in Sports & Performance in Cologne, Germany in 2011. Here, he started to teach Classes in cooperation with Rudolfo in Forró de Colonia.
At the same time, he began to go to every Forró festival possible and dedicated himself to learning and further mastering Forró. In 2013, he joined the teacher team to give classes on FdC. In 2014, he spent 7 months in Brazil at Pé Descalço School, where he got the honor to do the Vermelha exam. Back in Cologne, Tiago, Markus & Julia founded the Forró TMJ, where they used their wide backgrounds in different sports and different types of dances to create their own method of teaching. They are responsible for the organization of the successful “Workshop Komplex,” and have dedicated themselves to learning other forms of couple ballroom dances in order to further improving as dancers and as teachers.
Was born in Rio de Janeiro and started dancing at the age of 8. He passed by break dance, classical ballet and contemporary dance, until he met ballroom dance at the age of 17, through his great master Maria Antonieta. He has also taken many courses at important dance schools like Deborah Colker and Angel Vianna.
His first contact with forró was at the age of 16 and since then he just dived deeper on the embrace dances. Having lived in different cultures and practiced so many different dances helped him develop a very ecletical way of dance, in which he incorporates different body and dance technics to make a dynamic, fluid and stable dance.
At the age of 18 he founded, together with two other friends the group “Forró nas alturas” dedicated exclusively to forró. He also participated on the group “Forró do Rio”.
Rafael took part as teacher in several festivals around Europe like Ai que bom, Forró Wochenende Freiburg, Alegria do Norte Stockholm, Copenhague Festival, Psiu forró Festival Berlin and gave workshops in more than 30 countries.
He currently travels twice a year, once to Asia and Oceania and once to USA and Canadá, giving workshops, private classes, performing and djing. In Brasil he gives workshops once a year in São Paulo, Salvador and Resende.
He is also the developer of the “Smooth flight method”, the way he found to teach embrace dances, above all forró. Through this method he aims to express all his studies and experiences with embrace dances in order to provide a silent but powerful, light but dynamic dance to the students.
Brazilian born Juliana Braga is a dance teacher and dancer in Amsterdam. She teaches several Brazilian dances and she is officially acknowledged by the Ministerie voor Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap in the Netherlands. With decades of experience in Brazil and abroad, Juliana has learned that the basis of all dance lies in musicality, body awareness and expression. Over the years, she has worked with organisations like CliniClowns, 5D festival, Uitmarkt Amsterdam, Mixmax Brazil, Samba Salad, Roots Festival and Buitenkunst.
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 and monthly cultural activities where she invites different dancers and musicians from The Netherlands and Brazil.
Once a year Juliana and her team organize the Forro Amsterdam Festival.
Dancer, teacher and choreographer of ballroom dances, has as his main dance Forró, a rhythm that has been researching over the past 16 years. Since then, he has won twice the Brazilian Forró Championship, awards in national and international dance festivals, traveled to several countries in South America, Europe and Asia, has appeared in many TV shows, dance congresses throughout Brazil and his last conquer was as best Forró teacher of Brazil in 2015 and 2016 (Troféu Baila Mundo).
His research in ballroom dancing and Brazilian folk led him to develop a multicultural forró dance, without prejudice, because in his opinion Forró is one of the richest dance in terms of styles and different way to dance the same music. Currently Fábio lives in Stuttgart – Germany, working with the Dança Bonito, Forró Daki in Karlsruhe and teaching Forró around the world.