Terra was born in Minas Gerais and grew up in São Paulo. At the age of 15, he discovered the mid-90s strongly growing Forró scene in São Paulo, began to learn the dance and frequented the booming Casas de Forró of São Paulo. This new interpretation and development of Forró – the urbanization of the traditional Forró Pé de-Serra – is what stamps Terra's dance style and also what he transmits to his pupils.
Terra is co-founder and chief executive of the Brazilian cultural association Verein Brasilianischer Kulturen Stuttgart e.V. and of Europe's greatest Forró festival Forró de Domingo Festival.
Since 2002, he lives in Germany and is regarded as one of the main characters in the dissemination of Forró in Europe.