Julia and Andy Samel
Brother and sister Andy and Juila Samel will be guiding you through Forró Dance workshop at the Summer Togetherness Festival. Forró is a traditional folk dance from the north of Brazil, welcoming anyone and everyone to join in and meet each other through movement!
Andy was inspired by forró after watching two dancers dressed in white gracefully and passionately glide around a dance floor in Illa Grande, Brazil. Andy then started learning to dance on Monday nights in Bar Madrid off Oxford street 13 years ago. There were no classes at the time and not many chances to dance.
After 2 years, Andy started his own forró night in Islington called Forró Play which ran for a year before teaming up with his sister Julia to start Forró Family. He has been teaching forro for over 10 years including workshops in Florence, Naples and various festival throughout the UK.
Julia first discovered Forró in 2001 whilst studying Capoeira in London. She was moved so much by the joy of dancing that she searched all over Brazil for more and eventually set up a Forró night in Manchester where she was living.
She has been training and sharing her skills ever since, founding Forró Family with her brother, Andy, back in 2002. Julia has tought at numerous events and festivals in the UK, including Cambridge University, Colourfest, Buddhafields Rumpus, The Last Tuesday Society and Beatherder. Julia runs regular weekly classes and courses in London and Brighton.