Our Forró Family teaching team

Our Forró teachers are passionate about Forró and sharing their skills and expertise. 
Ever since we started, our mission has been to spread our love of forró, the music, the dance and the passion.
We encourage the ever growing influences of dance styles and welcome all to share it with us.

Me dancing.jpg

Andy Samel

Director and teacher

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 Samel

Director and teacher

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.


Jonathan Genet


Jonathan has been dancing Forró in London for over 2 years and has become one of Londons leading dancers, being very passionate about sharing his skills and exploring more close dance styles, using the hips more than the upper body.

sarah face.jpg

Sarah Mulville


Sarah has been dancing in London for over 13 years. Having fallen in love with Forró in early 2004 at Guanabara, where she was a weekly regular in it's early days, occasionally assisting in classes there with various teachers over the years before assisting at Forró Family during the latter half of 2015.


She joined us as a regular teacher in March 2016. She is very enthusiastic to share her knowledge with newcomers and Improvers alike. She is a very sensitive follower and also practices leading in various styles.