I visited Rio during New Years and I was very fortunate to meet Helio through a mutual friend. My friend and I wanted to learn to dance Samba and Forró so we met with Helio and his colleague and had our first lesson. The lesson was very fun, easy, and comfortably informal. Later, that same evening they accompanied us to a club in Barra where we practiced in a “real” dance environment. We also went out together several more times that week. The clubs where Helio took us were very nice, clean, played good Forró music, and were in safe neighborhoods. BTW, if anyone is unfamiliar with Forró music, it is very happy, upbeat, and at times very romantic.
Helio is a great guy! He’s fun to be around, full of energy, and always in a positive mood. My friend and I speak Portuguese so we communicated with him only in Portuguese but Helio also speaks English and Spanish. Even though I initially met Helio as a dance instructor, I now consider him to be a good friend. Without hesitation, I would definitely recommend his services to anyone wanting to learn how to dance Samba and/or Forró.