Anax Caracol is a Brazilian northerner, born in the heart of Brazil, on Bananal Island in the state of Tocantins. In which her first dance to be performed was the indigenous folk dances and Catira.
His passion for dance was triggered from an early age, inspired by his family, who taught him the value and importance of the rich cultural heritage of North and Northeast Brazil.
Anax’s interests in dance grew even more when he moved to the cultural city of Arcoverde in the backlands of the state of Pernambuco when he was only 8 years old. From this time on, he explored and emerged in different types of popular dances such as Coco, Maracatu, Brazilian contemporary, Orixas dances and of course Forró !, His first master was the one and only Lula Calixto in 1999, years later he would train in the great institutions from very well known names from the popular Brazilian art and culture such as Antonio Nobrega, Omolu and others who inspired him in his life and career as a dancer. His experiences led him to interact in one of the largest Afro-Brazilian dance companies, the Folklore Bale of Bahia and the well-known classic company of Carmen Serra in Spain.
Since moving to London in 2010, Anax has become a key part of the Forró UK scene, teaching regular classes in London, Birmingham, Bristol and different universities in the United Kingdom. He also teach and performs at various dance festivals throughout Europe and cities on other continents, as well as Moscow or Dubai. Anax also is Forro events organiser and mentor of the Forró Brincado project in which he has his own night called Forró Me Up, regular classes that he and team teach the real Forró Brincado style.
Anax’s style is an amalgam of many forms of movement and expression, and is strongly influenced by Coco Root, where the use of playful legs movements and body expression is emphasised, making the dance more playful and fun, exploring the cheerful, body expression and freedom.
He describes his style as having the essence of Luiz Gonzaga at its core and places high value on the cultural roots of Pe de Serra Forró.