Zouk

Brazilian Zouk is one of the new dance genres I have been exploring and loving.

About the dance…

Brazilian Zouk is a partner dance originating from Brazil.  Also known as zouk-lambada, the dance is a descendant of lambada.  The dance is characterized by “flow”, it can look and feel as if the dancers are bending, twisting, flowing, and shaping in, out, and around each other.  Zouk is danced by people of all ages in night clubs, dance schools and events around the world, and there are plenty of steps that do not require upper body movement (so don’t let that scare you away!).

Depending on the style of Brazilian zouk, you can see a close connection embrace and long smooth steps, strong hip movements, body isolations and upper-body torsions, entangled limbs from complicated turning patterns, and whip-like head movements.

Like many dance styles, Brazilian zouk is ever evolving. There are a few different lines or styles of Brazilian zouk, some of them being ‘lambazouk’, ‘traditional zouk’, and ‘modern zouk’.

Other characteristics:

  • It’s basic rhythm is slow quick quick, and partners often travels forward and back together, or in opposition side to side.
  • Unlike in blues dance, there is specific lead/follow technique for body isolations.
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