I now also danced forró and bolero.

I was given the chance to have a glimpse at these dances at a recent crash course. Essentially, forró is a folklore version of salsa and bolero (or at least the 4/4 version we danced) is at the beginner’s level identical to rumba.

In fact, I unfortunately missed the first half of the course, which covered forró. But although the teacher insisted that forró had nothing to do with salsa, another experienced dancer also agreed with my opinion. More importantly, I could simply dance a “joyful salsa variant” with other students of the class, who where completely unaware that I was actually not dancing forró. So clearly these dances cannot be too different.

On youtube there are videos both for forró and for bolero.