Aleksei Pak (Forró)

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Personality Category: 1. Forró, Forró Teachers, 5. Musicians, show and Forró MusiciansPersonality Tags: brazil, capoeira, capoeirista, ForAll, forro, forrozeiro, spb and timecafe

  • Profile

    Full Name: Aleksei Pak

    Nick Name: Pé Rapidinho

    Location: St. Petersburg, Russia

    What do I do for living: IT Consulting

    Hobbies, activities: forró dancer and teacher, musician in Não é Proibido band, CEO of the Brazilian Club “ForAll”,  capoeirista, martial artist.

    Hi, my name is Aleksei Pak. Originally I’m korean, but was born in USSR and now I live in St. Petersburg, Russia. For the first time I was introduced to capoeira, forró and other Brazilian cultural activities in 2008. Since that time I participated in lots workshops, festivals and concerts and the more I learned about Forró, the more it inspired me.

    I really felt in love to forró since 2013, when I returned from my first trip to Brazil. I decided to learn, develop and share forró in more active way in St. Petersburg – I started to teach forró and to built our own Forró club, called “ForAll”. Since 2013 I did lots of workshops in different cities of CIS countries. And since 2015 I was invited to teach on european forró scene (Festivals and workshops in Lisbon, London, Berlin, Freiburg, Darmstadt, Munich, Stockholm etc.).

    As a dancer I don’t specialise on the certain way|style of dancing, cause I believe that the way you dance depends on music which is playing on the dance floor. Forró unites so many rythmic grooves and music is so different that you can’t express it on a one certain way. I believe that when we dance our movements and energy should express musical groove or melody lines of the song.

    And as a teacher I’m always trying to connect my background and knowledges in sports/body movements and in music, to teach dance movements connected to the music in a simple and natural way.

    My forró timeline:

    • August, 2009 – I started to dance forró
    • 2010 – 2012 – Participated in workshops with Junio, Marinho Braz, Pablo Dias, Rudolfo and other teachers
    • March, 2011 – putted together the first forró band in Russia called “Não é Proibido”
    • May, 2011 – I visited my first european forró festival “Forró de Domingo” in Stuttgart
    • December, 2012 – I started to teach forró in Forró ao Vivo Group
    • December, 2012 – did workshop in Kiev, Ukraine, was invited by Forró dos Passos group
    • January:February, 2013 – visited Brazil. Participated in forró Congress organized by Marinho Braz
    • July, 2013, – Participated in the First Russian Forró Festival, organised by Forró ao Vivo group
    • November, 2013 – did workshop in Petrozavodsk, Russia, organised by Dança Differente group
    • January, 2014 – did workshop in Moscow, Russia, organised by Forró United group
    • February, 2014 – did workshop in Novosibirsk, Russia, organised by Forró ao Vivo Novosibirsk group
    • May, 2014 – built and opened the first Forró Club “ForAll” in Russia
    • July, 2014 – was teaching on the Second Russian Forró Festival, organised by Forró ao Vivo group
    • September, 2014 – was teaching on the Forró Russo Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia, organised by Vento de Forró group
    • February, 2015 – did workshop in Novosibirsk, Russia, organised by Forró ao Vivo Novosibirsk group
    • March, 2015 – did workshop in Arkhangel’sk, Russia, organised by Forró de Sol group
    • March, 2015 – did workshop in Moscow, Russia, organised by Forró da Alma group
    • June, 2015 – did workshop in Minsk, Belorussia, organised by Forró in Minsk group
    • July, 2015 – was teaching on the Third Russian Forró Festival, organised by Forró ao Vivo group
    • August, 2015 – did classes in the Forró de Lisboa Festival, Portugal, organised by Forró de Lisboa group
    • September, 2015 – was teaching on the Forró Russo 2 Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia, organised by Vento de Forró group
    • September, 2015 – did workshop in Berlin, Germany, organised by Tome Forró group
    • October, 2015 – participated in the Forró de Colonia Festival, Germany
    • October, 2015 – did workshop in Moscow, Russia, organised by Forró United group
    • December, 2015 – was teaching on the Freiburg Forrozin Festival, Germany, organised by Freiburg Forrozin group
    • January, 2016 – organized and participated in Samba de Gafieira intensive course with Ayo Barbosa
    • February, 2016 – did workshop in Novosibirsk, Russia, organised by Forró ao Vivo Novosibirsk group
    • March, 2016 – did workshop in Moscow, Russia, organised by Forró República group
    • May, 2016 – was co-organizer and teacher on the 2nd ForAll’s Birthday Event (St. Petersburg)
    • July, 2016 – was teaching on the Fourth Russian Forró Festival, organised by Forró ao Vivo group
    • August, 2016 – was teaching on the Forró Fest UK, London, organized by Forró Family group
    • September, 2016 – participated on the Pisa na Fulô Forró Festival in Barcelona
    • October, 2016 – did workshop in Nizhny Novgorod
    • December, 2016 – was teaching on the Baião in Lisboa Forró Festival, organised by Baião in Lisboa group
    • January, 2017 – did workshop in Moscow, organized by Forró República
    • February, 2017 – did workshop in Novosibirsk, Russia, organised by Forró ao Vivo Novosibirsk group
    • February, 2017 – did workshop in Darmstadt, organised by Forró de Lua group
    • May, 2017 – was co-organizer and teacher on the 3rd ForAll’s Birthday Event (St. Petersburg)
    • May, 2017 – was teaching on the Forró im Mai 2017, organised by Munique Danca Forro group
    • June, 2017 – participated on the Italia Roots Forró Festival in Sibari, Italy.
    • June, 2017 – was teaching on the 4th Tome Forró Birthday Celebration in Berlin, Germany, organised by Tome Forró group
    • June, 2017 – was teaching on the 5th Russian Forró Festival, organised by Forró ao Vivo group
    • July, 2017 – was teaching on the Alegria do Norte Forró Festival (Stockholm), organised by Forró in Stockholm
    • February, 2018 – did workshop in Novosibirsk, Russia, organised by Forró ao Vivo Novosibirsk group
    • May, 2018 – participated on the Forró im mai Festival (Munich), organised by Munique Dança Forró
    • May, 2018 – was co-organizer and teacher on the 4th ForAll’s Birthday Event (St. Petersburg)
    • June, 2018 – was teaching on the Forró na Sibéria Festival (Novosibirsk), organised by Forró ao Vivo Akademgorodok group
    • July, 2018 – was teaching on the 6th Russian Forró Festival, organised by Forró ao Vivo group
    • August, 2018 – participated on the Forró Love Festival (Helsinki)
    • September, 2018 – was teaching on the Forró Moscow Festival (Moscow), organised by Forró United group
    • November, 2018 – was teaching on the Forró United Birthday (Moscow), organised by Forró United group
    • January, 2019 – participated on the Winter Forró Festival (Moscow), organized by Forroó República group
    • February, 2019 – did workshop in Novosibirsk, Russia, organised by Forró ao Vivo Novosibirsk group
    • May, 2019 – was co-organizer on the 5th ForAll’s Birthday Event (St. Petersburg)
    • June, 2019 – participated on the Forró na Sibéria Festival (Novosibirsk), organised by Forró ao Vivo Akademgorodok group
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    International Events Participant: 10 and more
    International Events Professional: 10 and more
    Few questions:
    • I have regular group(s) of students
    • I speak English
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