In my 10 years of dancing I have heard many people use the term “technique” without really understanding what this word means. “That person has a lot of technique” or “guy doesn’t have any technique”. But what does the word technique mean? In a very simplified way technique means way of doing something, form of doing something or manner of doing something. In the phrases I mentioned above, people consider that there are only good techniques, or efficient techniques. So what people mean is, “that person uses good techniques” or “guy uses very inefficient techniques”.
Now that we understand better what technique means, it’s easy to conclude that, YES, Forró has countless techniques. Now we can start asking good questions.
- Are there people who study, create and improve techniques to dance forró?
- Do I need to know a lot of sophisticated techniques to dance forró?
- Does it make a difference if I learn good forró dancing techniques?
- What are the specific techniques that define forró?
Let’s go to them.
Are there people who study, create and improve techniques for forró dancing?
Certainly. And I speak this way because besides being one of those people I know and work with many of them. Every day more and more forró grows around the world, that’s right, around the world! And this growth comes not only from the pleasures of dancing forró, it comes from a strong and passionate community that works hard to develop not only the dance, but also the music and art.
To create and sustain a growing demand for people looking for forró classes, forró parties and forró shows it is necessary to have a very high quality work, done by many people. If the songs weren’t well worked and produced nowadays all the forrozeiros that like the current forró might not even have the chance to know in depth the hits of the past like Luiz Gonzaga, Dominguinhos, Jackson do Pandeiro and Marinês.
In the same way if the teachers and dancers hadn’t developed their techniques (read: 6 Quick Tips to Learn to Dance and Accelerate Your Evolution in Dance), improved their ability to teach and to foment their community the students that today spend years in the academies would not last months, because soon would realize that their mentors do not know much more the students themselves. In order to grow in quantity, forró undergoes a constant process of improving the quality of its professionals, who are increasingly serious and committed throughout Brazil and around the globe.
Do I need to know many sophisticated techniques to dance forró?
This is also a very simple answer. The forró community is highly receptive and because it is a spontaneous cultural manifestation, forró has no right or wrong. Soon with little knowledge it is possible to dance and have fun with it. In forró, those who know more take care of those who know less and encourage them to know more, because the more we learn, the more we have fun.
Does it make a difference if I learn good forró dancing techniques?
As much as knowing little is already enough to start enjoying the benefits of forró, it makes a lot of difference to study the good techniques. It’s easy to identify in a forró dance party the people who learned simply by dancing and the people who were instructed and encouraged to improve their movements. Both from outside the dance, when there is a clear difference in posture and movement design, and from inside, where it is possible to see the huge difference in the comfort of the movements and in the clarity of communication (driving and response). The dance of a couple that uses advanced techniques is fluid, the movements fit together organically. It is so light and pleasant that it seems to be extremely easy.
When studying good techniques, we started, besides interacting better with our partner, to interact better with the music, because the body control combined with creativity allows a unique tune of the couple with the music. This tuning is so beautiful that who sees from outside understands each movement and even perceives things in the music that he would not perceive if he was not seeing someone dancing.
What are the specific techniques that define forró?
I can even break your expectations but I won’t mention the name of any technique and any movement. It is evident that there are many steps that are characteristic of forró, but as I mentioned before, forró is a spontaneous cultural manifestation, that is, it appeared in an unscheduled and unstructured way due to the simple desire to dance and relieve the stresses of life of hard work.
Forró is a party in which old friends meet and new friends are made. Where you flirt with respect and date with passion. Where one drinks or not and dances for the simple reason of making life lighter and more enjoyable. That’s why when we teach forró we party and make joy the most important step, so that good techniques are learned with the aim of enjoying more and more the happiness of expressing yourself through dance.
I invite you to leave your testimonial with experiences and opinions about the role of technique in forró. And if you still don’t study this wonderful dance, I also invite you to visit me at one of my schools in Belo Horizonte, or some unit of the chain that made me fall in love with forró and the dance, Pé Descalço (BH, São Paulo, Santo André, Niterói, Juiz de Fora, Contagem and London).
Felipe Raso Jamel Edim
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