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Camila ALVES

Armazém 22

Camila Alves, born in 1993 in Lisbon, Portugal, emerged from a rich dance heritage, cultivated by her Brazilian capoeirista father and Cape Verdean dancer mother.

Her lifelong dance journey began early, nurtured by her mother’s guidance, leading her through various artistic expressions, festivals, and classes. A dance enthusiast since age 14, Camila explored Argentine Tango, Salsa, Kizomba, Semba, and Hip-Hop.

Captivated by Forró in 2010 when she was just 17, Camila embarked on a remarkable trajectory as a Forró teacher, teaching group classes, private classes and instructing at festivals globally since 2012 and imparting her expertise in 22 countries across 3 continents.

With a firm grasp of technique and a commitment to egalitarian dance dynamics, Camila’s teaching ethos fosters expressive dance synchronized with music and partners.

Beyond teaching, her entrepreneurial spirit led her to establish Xiado da Xinela in 2019, an online shop offering vibrant dance attire and accessories for Forró lovers.

With a strong presence on social media, she also offers consultancies for dance professionals and Forró communities that want to establish themselves in their city and in the digital world; as well as intensive courses for aspiring teachers and professionals looking to develop and improve their skills.

Improvising as a Follower

How do you feel and what do you do when the responsibility of creating something in the dance falls on you? In this workshop we’re going to be learning how to be learning improvisational techniques for Forró dancing, with a primary focus on solo dance techniques.

REQUIREMENTS: A good understanding of rhythm will help you in this class, as well as a good knowledge of all basic steps and simple steps.

Repertoire for active following & attentive leading

A class for both leaders and followers who wish to take their communication dynamics to another level! In this workshop we’ll be focusing on learning specific moves that active followers can do that will surprise the leaders and change the outcome of their original idea. For the leaders, we’ll be working on how to adapt to those situations like a boss and learn how to share the lead with the followers.

REQUIREMENTS: For you to follow this class you should have a great understanding of rhythm, how to switch from all different basic steps and it would be beneficial if you have already experienced dancing in the opposite role. An open mind is also crucial. 🙂

Leaders’ technique

Just as followers have workshops tailored to their needs, it’s essential to allocate time for leaders too! In this workshop, we will enhance your dance skills by delving into various leading techniques and refining the precision of your movements. Additionally, we’ll explore what qualities followers value in a great dance. Win win!

REQUIREMENTS: To excel in this workshop, a strong grasp of fundamental and uncomplicated forró steps is necessary. Ideally, participants should have prior exposure to the basics of following for an enhanced learning experience.

Foundations to start teaching Forró classes

Theoretical class dedicated to all Forró teachers who are at the early stages of their careers, as well as for amateurs who are unsure if teaching Forró is the right path for them. We’ll explore the essential steps to kickstart your classes or community and advance your Forró career. Beyond teaching strategies, it’s a chance to network, share challenges, and exchange ideas with fellow enthusiasts.

REQUIREMENTS: To fully benefit from this, it’s preferable if you are already teaching Forró classes or have plans to start them in the future.