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Tau e Lina

Tau is originally from Salvador da Bahia, Tau is now living in Berlin. In 2010 he discovered Roots and since then he has focused exclusively on this style. In 2014, he founded the group Forró Class A, a group dedicated to teaching the Forró Roots style, combining movements, musicality, comfort and empathy.

Lina started dancing in 2013 in Aachen but soon moved to Berlin to join Tome Forró Berlin. In her dance, she focuses on connection, comfort and sensitivity in both roles, trying to adapt individually to each style and partner.

Anax Caracol

Anax Caracol was born in the northeast of Brazil, in the state of Tocantins. He moved to London in 2009 where he has since taught his incomparable Anax Forró style which is a fusion of many forms of movement and expression, and is strongly influenced by the Afro and Indian background.

Rafael Portilho

Rafael Portilho is the typical Carioca teacher and teaches regular classes in Rio de Janeiro. As a teenager, he won a scholarship at Jaime Aroxa’s dance company. Rafael also manages Grupo Forró na Chinela, highlighting Forró’s classes online.

Camila Alves

Camila began to dance at age 14 (Tango Argentino and Salsa). In 2010 with 17 years discovered the forró and it was a love without return. In 2011 she started teaching forró and since then she has become a reference in the forró world as a teacher, businesswoman and producer.

Yse Góes

Yse Góes, 31, is a professional dancer for 16 years, a choreographer and a physical education teacher. In 2010, she began to study the roots style, characterized by “sacadas”, among other very characteristic movements.

Diana Richter

Diana Ritchter, born in Dusseldorf, has been dancing with passion since she was three years old. She experienced Forró for the first time in 2015 and her passion for dance led her to start her own classes in early 2017.

Michel e Catarina

Original from Rio de Janeiro, Michel Rodrigues is initiated in the Espaço Cultural Ponto de Encontro. He started school in April 2010 in which he learned the most diverse dance styles and attended the course for teachers of Jaime Arôxa four times, among other formations.

Catarina Real Oliveira, classical pianist trained in Germany and piano teacher at the Bonfim Conservatory in Braga, Catarina started dancing forró in 2014 in Germany.

In an exchange program to Rio de Janeiro began in varied rhythms, with special focus on the Samba de Gafieira.

Enrique Matos

Enrique Matos, 33, Mineiro de Conceição do Mato Dentro, moves to Lisbon at the age of 23, where he has been working solid and continuous for almost 11 years with forró – O Espaço Baião – where he is a founding professor, musician ( Luso Baião / Nosso Som) and DJ (Baião Vintage).

Sarah Collings

Sarah believes that, above all, the forró is connection and community. She began teaching weekly in Brussels in 2014. It currently takes five different-level classes in addition to weekly themed workshops.

Luiz Henrique e Milena Morais

Dancers and teachers from the most famous Forró school on the world, Pé Descalço, teaching Forró around the globe.

Carlos Valverde

Carlos is a musical dancer in love with his country’s culture living it since his childhood in Brazil. His passion is communicative and transmits his knowledge through playing and joy. He dives into the world of popular Brazilian dances such as Toré, Coco and Trupé do Cavalo Marinho that are some of the forró headquarters as we know it today.

Tiago Martins e Joana Ilhão

Tiago Martins met forró in 2009, in the city of Porto, and has since intensively devoted himself to his practice. He is a professor and producer of forró events since 2013 and one of the founders of the Forró Douro project.

Joana Ilhão, from Porto, begins her journey in dancing with classical ballet. Her experience follows with Jazz Dance, Vintage Jazz, Lindy Hop, Blues and Balboa. She met Forró for the first time in 2013 and started having classes with Tiago Martins. Not so long after that, in 2015, she became his dance partner and co-teacher.


James Lima is a very strong musical roots personality. The artist has already performed alongside great bands such as Ponto de Equilíbrio, Trio Virgulino, Trio Nordestino, Os três do Nordeste, Dona Zefa and others.

DJ Sampa

Born and raised in São Paulo, DJ Sampa had his first contact with forró in 97/98. Beginning his career as a DJ in 2001 and making his debut in the world of forró in 2007. Since then he has had an active participation in the world of forró.

DJ Xeleléu

Oldest DJ of Forró Pé de Serra in Rio de Janeiro and with his work know around the globe, known as Xeleléu since 1999 distributes the northeastern essence through the musicality existing in this culture with a comprehensive repertoire marked by xotes, xaxados, maracatus, baião and other related rhythms.

DJI9 Brasilidades

Dj I9 Brasilidades, known as Igor and also known for his alternative musical taste, has been the great booster of the the forró movement in the city of Porto as he introduced this rhythm to Porto more than 13 years ago.

Trio Dona Zefa Band

TRIO DONA ZEFA achieved what seemed impossible, to be a trio of forró with the same instruments of all traditional trios, but still be different, with the zabumba of Murilo Ramalho, its vocalist Danilo Ramalho and the exceptional accordion of Milla of the Accordion.


Janayna Pereira is a singer, songwriter, percussionist, actress formed by the School of Art Dramatic. Was at the head of the band Bicho de Pé as vocalist and author of the group’s songs for 18 years. She is in the process of recording his next album, scheduled for June 2019.

Fabiano Santana

Created in a family of musicians, Fabiano Santana, 32, always had the forró as an influence. Today, besides the accordion and the guitar, Fabiano dominates countless musical instruments! This talented artist came to sing and enchant Europe.

DJ Pastel

Dj Pastel, also known as André Cardoso, fell in love with Brazilian culture in 2007 when he met capoeira. In 2011 he had his first contact with forró giving in to musical charms and becoming a DJ in 2017.

Conterrâneos Band

This band is the essence of forró carioca (from Rio). Their instrumental structure consists of zabumba, accordion, triangle, chord and 7 string guitar, following the tradition of the forró pé de serra, without leaving out getting the modernity and the musical plurality of today. The band won the 2nd place at the Itaúnas Festival in 2015 with only 8 months of existence.

Diego Oliveira

With a repertoire chosen very carefully and that has as main characteristic the baião and xote to be danced face to face, his forró is hot and swingy. With the title of Festival de Itaúnas champion, 2 Cds and a DVD, he crosses the world spreading his talent and charisma.

Carlos Valverde

Musician, educator and flute maker in Bambu, his art of oral tradition is inspired by Brazilian cultural manifestations, especially the flute bands (bamboo flutes). His compositions bring the rhythms and colors of traditional Brazilian music connected with the world of today.


Sérgio is a musician in Porto (cavaquinho, guitar and voice) and has collaborated with several musicians such as Miguel Arruda, Rogerinho do Acordeon, among others. Already has several participations in forró festivals and in the last 10 years, the Festival Internazionale Capoeira Senzala (Italy).


Schedule Forró Douro Festival 2019
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