Once in the clutches of forró (-> pronounced 'foho', with stress on the second syllable), it's difficult to escape! The Brazilians first noticed this when the »King of the Baião« (Baião = a Forró rhythm) from the north-east Luiz Gonzaga †, music and dance spread throughout Brazil. After a short dry spell, students in southern Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, ...) rediscovered Forró in the 1990s. In fact, the forró, which is danced in a kind of embrace, is now the most popular couple dance in Brazil. In the 2000s, it was ultimately Brazilians who emigrated who brought dance (and with it music) to Europe as »Forró Universitário«.
Since then, the number of Forrózeir@s and the amount of supply in Europe (and around the world) has been increasing rapidly. The dance school and the blog »Forrówelt« have only been around for a short time: Philip founded the organization in 2018 and since then has been pursuing the mission of spreading the »Forró Pé de Serra« (as the traditional Forró is often called).