Lá Na Dança
Received from Jens Schriver via Submit Reviews:
"If you want to get a deep dive into Brazilian culture, dancing forró is a fantastic place to start. Although not as well-known as Samba outside of Brazil, locally, forró is probably the most practiced dance style within the country. You might have seen people dancing forró at the yearly festas junina and julina. Still, there are plenty of other opportunities to dance at churrascos, weddings, and, of course, the many forró parties in and around Brasília.
Forró is an intimate and subtle couples' dance (at least for a clunky European like me). It cuts through social classes and is one of the best ways to meet ""real"" Brazilians.
I started classes three months ago at Lá Na Dança, and it's been a fantastic cultural experience. Victinho and Pámela, the couple teaching the beginner's class, are excellent teachers. It's daunting to learn a new dance from scratch (I've never danced and can't keep a beat to save my life), but miraculously, I'm getting the hang of it! Victinho explains the rhythm and teaches you to hear the instruments, giving you a tool to find the dance's beat and structure (engineer-types will appreciate this!).
You can dance with a fixed partner, but I go alone. The school matches me with somebody at my level or assigns one of the assistants. They are great at making this a fun and ""non-awkward"" experience. By this pace, I believe I'll be dancing confidently in a couple of months.
If a small group of foreigners wants to join, Victinho is also very open to accommodating whatever language needs there might be."