Bruno Prado & Diana - Düsseldorf / Rio de Janeiro
Bruno Prado was born in Rio de Janeiro and is a teacher, dancer and choreographer. He has begun his journey in 2008, where he started to learn all the brasilian ballroom dances. He is practicing
forró since 2009, both in and out of Rio de Janeiro and is qualified by the dance school of Alex de Carvalho. Bruno brought a joyfull style in forró with a lot of energy by creating his own
style. It has been nearly 3 years since he started to tour all over Europe. His main goal is to spread forró all around with fantastic performances and an endless sympathy, conquering more an
more place in the world for the sake of forró.
So far he has taken part as a teacher in more than 30 festivals as well as congresses and workshops. Bruno also teaches Samba de Gafieira and Zouk. Currently he is living in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Cacau Moutinho & Lydie - Lille / Bahia
Cacau has been dancing forró since he was a child. Native of Bahia (Serinha) he decided to devote himself entirely to music after he graduated from the university. He played in several bands like Percatilha de Couro, Xote Civilizado and Rockxotesambareggaenogalope as a percussionnist (zabumba). In France, he gets fully involved with the brazil afro funk collective and plays in 3 bands: forró pitu, samba de bamba & choco brazileiro. His great experience as a dancer in Brazil leads him to give forró classes, workshops and shows, and therefore participate in developing forró in Lille, with the help of his partner Lydie, who’s also an artist of the collective.
Carlos Frevo - Berlin / Pernambuco
Carlos Frevo, born Carlos da Silva, is a qualified dancer. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil he has been working as a dancer, dance-instructor & choreographer since 1998. Influenced by the diverse culture of Brazil, he possesses an extensive repertoire of traditional Brazilian dances: frevo, maracatu, coco, samba, afro-brazilian dance and forró. He began his education in traditional dance at the age of 12 in the “Tax Dance Company”, “Maje Mole”, “Darue Malungo” as well as “Cia Terapia Dança de Salão”. He also took classes with the great Frevo-master Meia Noite. In 2000 he began his education in modern dance in the “Company Experimental de Dança”.
Since 2004 Carlos Frevo lives and works in Berlin/Germany. He regularly gives classes in forró, samba, samba de gafieira, frevo and afro-brazilian dance. In 2006 Carlos Frevo formed his own dance group called “Locomotiva do Frevo” and acted as a choreographer for the group till 2015. In 2016 he formed the "Carlos Frevo Dance Company" and started working on new projects combining different styles of dance.
In 2012 he opened the dance school "Dança Frevo", with which he aims to advertise the manifold culture of Brazil beyond its borders.
Dhiego Luiz - Berlin / Brasília
Dhiego Luiz was born and grew up in the suburbs of Brasília. Since his childhood he loved to dance to popular Brazilian music like Samba, Forró and Música Bahiana. In 2005 he started his dancing
career in a social project. Learning Brazilian ballroom dances (Samba de Gafieira, Bolero, Soltinho). Forró, Zouk and Salsa gave his life a new direction and the chance to work with what he
really loves. After having completed his professional training he worked as a dance teacher in several dance schools and social projects in Brasília and participated in dance groups like “Cia de
Dança Alex Gomes”, “Forró com Estilo” and “Cia de Dança Flávia Valente”. Since May 2012 he lives and teaches in Germany. In March 2017 he moved to Berlin and is giving Forró, Samba de Gafieira
and Zouk classes.
Fábio Reis - Stuttgart / São Paulo
Dancer, teacher and choreographer of ballroom dances, has as his main dance Forró, a rhythm that has been researching over the past 15 years. Since then, he has won twice the Brazilian Forró Championship, awards in national and international dance festivals, travelled 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 dances in terms of styles and different way to dance the same music. Currently Fábio lives in Stuttgart - Germany and teaching Forró in Europe.
Juliana Braga - Amsterdam / Belo Horizonte
Juliana Braga started at the age of 10 her education in modern dance, theatre, afro-brazilian and folklore dance at the first dance school for modern dance in the city: Transforma. In 1981, Juliana’s father took her to a gafieira: a place where people dance samba, bolero and other partnering dances, and where Juliana discovered saloon dance as her passion. She took up intensive classes with the best saloon dancers of Belo Horizonte.
From the 1990s, Juliana has given numerous workshops and created dance projects all across the Netherlands. In 2007, Juliana opened her own dance school in the centre of Amsterdam: Espaço Cultural. Besides forró, samba solo and samba de gafieira, she also teaches musicality and body awareness.
Lydie Fruleux - Lille
Choreographer, dancer, dance teacher and backup singer. Coming from both university and dance academy, Lydie chose to be an artist. Right after obtaining her political science degree, she chose to become a professional dancer. She joined the brasilian dance company Aqua L Reve in 2006. She creates and presides the company « Biscoitinho » in 2008, developping dance and Forro balls in Lille, organises the European Forro Festival «Vamo que Vamo » for the first time in 2013.
Visiting many times Brasil in order to perfect her skills in popular and traditional dances, she integrates schools like the Fundaçao Cultural and ballet Folclórico of Bahia, the prestigious school Carlinhos de Jésus à Rio and participates at many big brasilian carnivals. Simultaneously she persues a professional training in Jazz Dance at Studio 920 in Quievrechain. Dancer in the troops Fuzion and Legendes of Esther Malone, she besomes a choreographer for several jazz and brasilian shows. She choreographs Night & Ballet in 2012. Structures employ her as a choreographer, specialist in brasilian dance and artistic coordinator : Lille 3000, opening parade of Renaissance 2015, Lille 2 University for the 1st edition of their project « Casa Fest » in april 2015.
Since 2010, Lydie develops a repertoire in lyrical singing at the music conservatoire of Mons-en-Baroeul, and gets involved in tap dancing. On the music side, she plays as a percussionist and backup singer in several Forro groups. She offers teachings of brasilian dance with or without percussions. With her partner, she's also been offering Forro workshops for 10 years and spreads this dance in the local area and widly through many european festivals.
Marion Lima - Paris
Born in Paris, Marion Pigeard started dancing at the age of 12 studying modern jazz, tap dance and musical comedy. At 18 she discovered salsa and other latin dances (bachata, merengue) and since 2003 she has taught salsa near Paris.
In 2004, Marion discovered forró through various Brazilian partnerships. From 2006, and after completing her training, Marion began travelling regularly to Brazil and created a partnership with Marinho Braz. In 2006 she went on to create the association “Le P´tit Bal Perdu” which diffuses a culture of couple dance, organises lessons, evening events and the Forró Festival “Ai que Bom” which takes place in Paris.
Today, Marion teaches and organizes dance programs in France, Europe and Brazil to diffuse as widely as possible the culture of Forró.
Ricardo Ambrózio - Brussels / Rio de Janeiro
Choreographer and professional dancer, Ricardo Ambrozio was born in the south of Brasil and lived in Rio de Janeiro. Ricardo met forró in 1999. Curious and charmed by it, he dedicated 5 years to practice, research and taking classes of different forró styles. Dancer with technical training in hip-hop, capoeira, different rhythms of ballroom dance, ballet, jazz and contemporary, he used this wide variety into analyzing and building up his own style, bringing together different styles of forró. After teaching for many years (amongst others in Paris, Cologne, Lisbon, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Freiburg, Porto, ,Stuttgart, Nantes and Oslo ) and setting up forró in Brussels with regular workshops and events, he developed his own didactic and methodology: Forró Calango.
"Aja Brasil" is the synthesis of the names of the two musicians Abrao and Jabuti and at the same time the synthesis of the diversity of Brazilian music. Since their establishment in 1997, Aja consolidated their good reputation throughout their continuous presence and musical originality. Numerous shows have shown that Brazilian music reaches an audience in every age and inspires everybody.
He played and recorded with forrozeiros such as Jorge de Altinho, Alcymar Monteiro, Eliane, Paulinho Leite, Dominguinhos, Fafá de Belém, Geraldo Azevedo and Xico Bizerra and this way Beto Hortis has left his musical fingerprint on the Northeastern music. Born in Camaragibe / PE, Beto grew up listening to Luiz Gonzaga, Sivuca and Oswaldinho. At the age of twelve he already knew what he wanted from life: to be an instrumentalist. Master of the improvisation, the forró as his base, but also frevos, chorinho and waltzes rhythms are part of his vast repertoire.
In his discography, works aimed at the forró are: “Bota lenha da fogueira” (2006) and “Ao vivo na Sala de Reboco” (2008), as well as for frevo, his recent album “Frevo sanfonado - vol.1” (2011), with new interpretations of frevos for the forró and the mixture between forró and maracatu. It is this experimentalism that Beto is testing on stage and making the audience happy wherever he goes.
Born in Recife, and coming from a family of Garanhuns, the musician, singer and songwriter Derico Alvez can look back at 22 years of career with music from Northeastern Brazil. He recorded several CDs with great names of Brazilian popular music, among them: Sivuca, Morais Moreira, Dominguinhos, Quinteto Violado among others.
On his first tour in 1998, Derico connected with the festivals in Europe, in consequence he toured more than 80 festivals in more than 20 countries (Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Poland, France among others). Derico Alves seeks to enhance his repertoire from the songs of great popular artists, as well as his own compositions and new composers of authentic Pernambucana music. Derico has been part of all the cycles of events in the State of Pernambuco and Brazil: Carnival, São João, festivals - showing that there is space for his music all year long.
Now Derico is ending his new CD that he defines as one of the best of his career, with important participations such as Elba Ramalho and Dominguinhos where everyone says it was one of the last songs recorded by Dominguinhos. In November 2017 he started a new tour to Europe where he is happy to participate in the festivals of forró and comments: “I am very happy to know that I contributed with forró in Europe and today with so much strength in various places on the planet."
Jorge do Rojão
Jorge do Rojão is the musician of the new crop of Forró pé de serra coming infesting the world with his talent. In his repertoire has songs from Luiz Gonzaga, Dominguinhos, Jackson do Pandeiro and also own songs. In 2012 accompanied him on a tour in sountheast the consecrated Joao Silva, partner Gonzaga in various compositions. In 2013 it was the turn of Antonio Barros and Ceceu, who are authors of the great successes of forro. Already developed working with great bands representig the scene of forró pé de serra, such as: Banda Rastapé, Peixeletrico, Banda Bicho de pé, Edson Duarte, Trio Alvorada among others. In mid 2012 he was invited to join his first European tour and has since been present in the main events oft he old world.