Psiu! 2019 program
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level 1 - beginner/pre-intermediate
No previous experience. | Already learned some basic steps.
level 2.1 - intermediate  
Knowledge of basic step variations & common figures. | Basic guiding/following techniques.
level 2.2 - pre-advanced  
Sure holding of forró rhythm. | Conscious steps. | Good perception of new figures | Good knowledge in following/leading.                                   
level 3 - advanced
No insecurity in different forró rhythms. Knowledge of different forró styles & demanding figures. | Very good perception of new figures. | Exact steps. | Sophisticated guiding/ sensitive reaction in following.



Intensive Course 1 - Forró

At the intensive course the participants have the opportunity to get to know and work intensively with a teacher. They will form a firm group on which the course will be based and build up over three days.


  • Teacher: Fábio Reis
  • Topic: Figures
  • One class per day (90min.)
  • Limited number of participants: 26
  • Level: only for level 2.2. and 3
  • Additional fee: 15 €
  • To be defined at the registration


Intensive Course 2 - Liberato Methodology


  • Teacher: Xandy Liberato
  • 3 hours every day
  • all levels

 Video about Liberato Methodology


What is the Liberato Methodology?

The Liberato Methodology is the result of a 10-year investigation – carried out by Xandy Liberato – that integrates a set of techniques, dynamics, and exercises based theoretically and empirically. Keeping in mind the correlation between dance and life, the methodology focuses its attention on connection, communication, and expression through individual and couple dance.


Application of the Liberato Methodology and its link with the academic world:

The Liberato Methodology has been applied to thousands of people in more than 30 countries around the world and very satisfactory results have been observed, such as the improvement in the quality of movement, self-confidence, sensitivity, acceptance and connection with the other.

In November 2018, the Liberato research team has signed an agreement with the University of Valencia (Spain) in order to receive support and technical advice in research on the effects of the Liberato Methodology for the well-being of people.


To whom is the Liberato Methodology addressed?

- People who dance, want to dance or want to get to know each other through dance.

- To people who believe that dance is a vehicle for personal development and self-knowledge.


What does the Liberato Methodology provide in dance and life?

Empowerment of body awareness and movement | Conscious breathing | Body fluidity | Enhancement of sensitivity | Self-knowledge | Openness of conscience | Development of respect for oneself and others | Acceptance of oneself and the other | Increase in self-esteem and well-being | Empowerment of creativity | An interaction between dancers as equals | Opening to co-creation or dance shared with the couple


The application of the Liberato Methodology in the forró dance

From the theory and practical investigation of the traditional dance "Forró" and its variations, since the birth till the present, we will facilitate in the event Psiu! Forró Festival 2019 in Berlin, exercises, and dynamics of the Liberato Methodology with different topics:


Developing self-learning | Energy management through the touch and breathing | Frames adaptations | Different forms of connections using trunk and limbs | Conscious relationship with the ground | Different ways of interpreting the forró dance | Development of your natural movement and the movement that favors to interpret the forró | Know different Brazilian dances and their connection with the forró


The goal is to make all people interested in the forró dance, know the tradition and be aware of their way of expressing, feeling and improving their quality of movement, using dance as a path for the awakening of a sensitive body and a state of surrender, reaching a fluid, spontaneous and pleasurable dance.




Forró is a traditional couple dance from Northeast Brazil. The word forró has its etymological beginnings in the word forrobodó, which refers to folk dances in general. Nowadays the term forró is used to indicate a summary of rhythms like Baião, Xote, Pé de Serra and Forró de Marcha. Baião was emerged and spread up-country at the beginning of the 20th century but was not popular before the international music scene was paying attention to the work of Luiz Gonzaga (1912-1989) in the 1940ies. At that time Luiz Gonzaga defined the three commanding instruments accordion, zabumba and triangle - the so called Trio Nordestino. There are many ways how to dance forró; very sensual, closely embraced, cheek to cheek - depending on the area of Brazil. The rhythm varies and creates an atmosphere where people enjoy coming together and having fun.



Samba Bolero is a Cuban rhythm with Spanish roots and influences of the countries where it is practiced. It has a tradition in many Hispanic-American countries and Brazil. The rhythm became slower over the time and the music is very romantic. A world-wide known Bolero song is "Besame mucho", composed by Consuelo Velásquez. In Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro, Bolero includes more complex movements from tango (trocadilhos, caminhadas, cruzados, giros). In the 1990s the new form of the dance spread around the whole country of Brazil and is danced until today. Nonetheless, the dance always maintained its character: flirty, soft, graceful and romantic.


Samba de Gafieira
Samba de gafieira is an elegant Brazilian saloon dance. Samba has its roots in Africa, and gafieira is the name for the place where the sambistas dance to live music: the saloon, which has its origins in Europe. The elegant dance has many different aspects: besides the swing and dance steps, creativity, improvisation and playing the music and rhythm are just as important in samba de gafieira. Gafieira is also called samba a dois (samba between two) or samba de salão (saloon samba).

Frevo is music and a dance originating from Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. The Frevo dance was developed by transforming capoeira movements. Capoeira (afro-brazilian martial art) was used for threats and fights between competing groups, often with knives in their hands. In order to end this violence, the police started to pursue the capoeiristas. They reacted in a clever way by carrying umbrellas instead of knives and also disguising the capoeira movements as dance movements. The frevo dance was born. Frevo is as of now more than 100 years old (1907) and naturally it has been evolved during all this time to reach its current form. Capoeira movements were transformed into the quasi-acrobatical movements of the Frevo dance. The fight between the groups moved from the physical to the aesthetical field. The umbrella also developed from regular black umbrellas to a small and also colorful umbrella. Umbrella movements are part of the dance. It's not uncommon to see frevo dancers throwing umbrellas in the air, passing them between their legs or just swinging the umbrella. The image of the frevo dancer (passista) is one of the most prominent icons of the carnival of Pernambuco.


The music style and dance coco is a characteristic rhythm of Pernambuco, closely related to the everyday life of the people, similar to the Afro-American hip-hop or rap lyrics often include political and social topics. But the rhythm itself is created by the pounding of the feet and the so-called "tamancos" (wooden sandals). Almost like another "instrument" they give the Coco its characteristic sound. The rhythm is also underlined by the clapping hands of the actors.



Thursday 24. January 2019, 20 – 01 o’clock

Opening Concert with BENIL

& DJ Dufole


Charles William - accordeon
Fabiano Lima - percussion
Carlos Frevo - percussion
Trigo Santana - bass

concert start: ~ 21 o'clock

Entrance: 10€


Friday 25. January 2019, 22 – 04 o’clock


& DJ Dufole



Charles William - accordeon
Fabiano Lima - percussion
Carlos Frevo - percussion
Trigo Santana - bass


1st concert start: ~ 23 o'clock

Entrance: 22€


Saturday 26. January 2019, 22 – 04 o’clock

Concert GERALDINHO LINS & Guests

& DJ Dufole



Charles William - accordeon
Fabiano Lima - percussion
Carlos Frevo - percussion
Trigo Santana - bass


concert start: ~ 23 o'clock
Entrance: 22€


Sunday 27. January 2019 - 21 – 03 o’clock


Carnival in Brazil is coming closer! Therefore the band and the DJ will not only play Forró but also animate you with some Brazilian carnival music.

& DJ Dufole


Charles William - accordeon
Fabiano Lima - percussion
Carlos Frevo - percussion
Trigo Santana - bass

concert start: ~ 22 o'clock

Entrance: 17€

Psiu! Forró Festival Berlin