Ayo Barbosa comes from a small city in Minas Gerais, Brasil. When he was 5, he moved to Belo Horizonte. His first contact with the dance was in the dance school “Dançarte”. Due to his ambition of becoming a professional dancer, he decided to move to Rio de Janeiro to learn Samba de Gafieira and Tango.
After few years, one of his mentor encouraged him to start with contemporary dance. In order to improve his musicality and sensibility of the movements. As soon as he came back to Belo Horizonte. He started to participate to the forró scenario of the city.
Due to his background of different styles of dance. He started to experiment a personal style of dancing forró. Inspired on movements from Samba de Gafieira and Tango. His sources of inspiration are the “big” names from Samba’s World:
Bezerra da Silva, Jackson do Pandeiro and Gordurinha (these names represent an icon of Forró Sambado, for example Bezerra da Silva’s vinyl “Rei do Coco 1&2”).
He worked as teacher at Pè Descalço, Centro Gafieirando Acácio de Souza. In September 2012 he moved to São Paulo. Where he started a Forró-Sambado project called “Grupo de forró – Fua” in partnership with Natalia Militão. Since 2016 he lives in Berlin and he works to his Forró-Sambado project “Forró do Miudinho”.