What is Brazilian Zouk?


Just like Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba, Brazilian Zouk is a partner dance that involves 1) an understanding of the rules of the dance, 2) a physical connection between leader and follow, and 3) awesome music!

Brazilian Zouk evolved from Lambada, and was developed in the mid 1990s, after interest in Lambada declined. It is a newer dance, as compared to Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba, but it is rapidly gaining tremendous popularity all over the world. This is partly due to the use of popular and current music in the dance. Unlike other Latin dances, Brazilian Zouk dancers can dance to Popular, R&B and Hip-Hop, Trap and Chillstep, and even songs without percussion instruments. Kizomba or Zouk ghetto music from Angola and Brazil are also frequently used.

To learn more about the history of Brazilian Zouk, click here.

Check out what Brazilian Zouk looks like!

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Why try Brazilian Zouk?


Brazilian Zouk is a dance where magical experiences are often created with others. It is a dance that requires the ultimate trust and connection between partners, as dancers surrender themselves to the music, and to each other. With that, you can free your mind, express yourself, and share in a conversation of movement to music with a complete stranger.

Anyone can learn to dance Brazilian Zouk. All it takes is interest in the dance, the music, and a dedication to achieving something great!

Your reward will come, not only in the form of compliments; but more importantly, in the form of strength, balance, better posture, improved coordination, increased confidence and an overall sense of achievement. It will challenge you, frustrate you, but also give you many amazing moments.

So, if you’ve got the passion, we’ve got the patience. Come and experience the gift of Zouk for yourself.

Teaching Philosophy

Zouk Dance Academy is dedicated to providing quality instruction in Brazilian Zouk, so as to create Brazilian Zouk dancers that are respectable, safe and fun to dance with.

Because the dance is dynamic, leaders and followers must have good control over their bodies, movements, and have great balance – something that will be worked on in class. Besides understanding connection and momentum, steps and movements, dancers must also work on building their strength and control, so as to be able to enjoy their dances in a safe and respectful manner.

At Zouk Dance Academy, we believe in experiential and consequential learning – where students learn about the dance through structured, physical interaction with their partners.

Instead of rote learning, students learn, very quickly, how to lead/follow by experiencing the natural consequences of their actions (via desired versus undesired reactions from their partner). To be able to express music in a shared movement – that is truly one of the most magical experiences that dance offers.

Lessons also include exercises and drills that focus on improving balance, strength and control. As a result, we often see students exhibiting greater confidence in all areas of life, and a greater sense of well-being.

We know it takes time to become great at anything. We invite you to join us on this amazing journey, and experience the transformation for yourself.


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Head Honcho

Jean Goh is the pioneer of the Brazilian Zouk scene in Singapore. She has been providing instruction in Brazilian Zouk since 2008, and is lauded by internationally renowned Zouk artistes for creating dancers that are strong in their fundamentals and delightful to dance with. She has an M.S. in Applied Educational Psychology and C.A.G.S. in School Psychology.

Characteristics

  • Strict
  • Funny
  • No bullsh*t

Dance style

Having invested much time in private lessons with some of the world’s most respected and popular Zouk dancers, Jean’s dance style (as a lead) is based on strong foundations in Brazilian Zouk (as created by Renata Peçanha), a blend of traditional and present-day moves, and most notably, a wide array of creative body manipulation techniques. She is particularly accomplished at expressing the music through manipulation of her partner’s body movements.

Jean Goh is proficient in both leading and following in Brazilian Zouk and other Latin street dances. She has been dancing since 2001, when she was first introduced to Cuban Salsa in the U.S. She later went on to explore LA-style Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha. In 2003, she set up the Two Left Feet dance school with her dance partner, where they taught the various Latin street dances.

It was in 2008 when she first came across Brazilian Zouk, at the Malaysia Salsa Festival. Mesmerized by the dance, she invited Brazilian Zouk professional Alisson Sandi Rodrigues, to Singapore, to train them in Brazilian Zouk. She started offering Brazilian Zouk classes soon after, and continued to receive training, through numerous private lessons and Zouk congresses.

To date, Jean continually seeks progression in dance through investing in private lessons with renowned Zouk professionals, such as:

– Felipe Garcia & Erica Tintel (2017), in Singapore
– Leonardo Neves & Becky Truscott (2017), in Singapore
– Kamacho (2016), in Singapore
– China (2016), in Breda
– Bruno Galhardo (2016), in Singapore
– Layssa Liebscher (2016, 2015, 2014), in Singapore
– Alex de Carvalho & Mathilde dos Santos (2016), in Penang
– Freddy Marinho & Andressa Castelhano (2015), in Singapore
– Val Clemente (2015), in Prague
– William Texeira (2015), in Prague and Singapore
– Paloma Alves (2015), in Prague
– Arthur Santos (2015 & 2014), in Singapore
– Rafael Oliveira & Juliana Magalhães (2014), in Kuala Lumpur
– Carlos Da Silva (2013), in Singapore
– Leonardo Neves (2013 & 2012), in Prague and Singapore
– Renata Peçanha (2016, 2012 & 2011), in Breda, Singapore and Brisbane
– Jorge Peres (2012), in Singapore and Brisbane
– Adilio Porto (2012), in Prague
– Gilson Damasco (2011), in Brisbane
– Monique Marculano (2011), in Brisbane
– Alex Carvalho & Daniela Wergles (2010), in Rio de Janeiro
– Rafael Oliveira & Daniela Wergles (2010), in Rio de Janeiro
– Rafael Oliveira & Larissa Thayane (2010), in Brisbane
– Kadu Pires (2010), in Brisbane
– China & Luciana of SoukZouk (2016 & 2010), in Breda and Rio de Janeiro
– Alisson Rodrigues (2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 & 2008), in Singapore

Jean has been featured at the following Brazilian Zouk events as an instructor:

– Zoukaholics, Melbourne, May 2016
– Sydney International Zouk Festival, Jul 2014
– Zouk S.E.A. 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jul 2014
– Zoukaholics, Melbourne, Jun 2014
– Brazil Central Zouk Lambada Congress 2013, Brisbane, Australia, Oct 2013
– Brazil Central On Tour Melbourne 2013, Melbourne, Australia, Sep 2013
– Zouk S.E.A. 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug 2013
– Bali Fiesta 2013, Mar 2013
– Brazil Central Zouk Lambada Congress 2012, Brisbane, Australia, Oct 2012
– Zouk S.E.A. 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug 2012

Jean has been featured at the following Brazilian Zouk events as a DJ:

– Dutch International Zouk Congress 2017
– Zouk S.E.A. 2016 (including the BZDC Jack & Jill Competition), Penang, Malaysia
– Zoukaholics, Melbourne, May 2016
– Zouk S.E.A. 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jul 2015
– Prague Zouk Congress, Mar 2015
– Zouk S.E.A. 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug 2014
– Sydney International Zouk Festival, Jul 2014
– Zoukaholics, Melbourne, Jun 2014
– Brazil Central On Tour Melbourne 2013, Melbourne, Australia, Sep 2013
– Bali Fiesta 2013, Mar 2013
– Brazil Central Zouk Lambada Congress 2013, Brisbane, Australia, Oct 2013
– Zouk S.E.A. 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug 2013
– Prague Zouk Congress, Mar 2012
– Brazil Central Zouk Lambada Congress 2012, Brisbane, Australia, Oct 2012
– Zouk S.E.A. 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug 2012

Jean’s students are a testament to her ability as an instructor; in particular, her aptitude for analyzing movements, diagnosing problem areas, and imparting the skills necessary for her students to become great social dancers. They display a good foundation in the dance, while exhibiting their own personal style. Notable achievements include:
– First place in the 2017 Casa Do Zouk Intermediate Jack & Jill – Dev Sasidharan
– First place in the 2016 International Prague Zouk Congress Novice Jack & Jill – Dev Sasidharan
– First place in the 2015 Zouk S.E.A. Novice Jack & Jill – Dev Sasidharan
– Second place in the 2014 Zouk S.E.A. Novice Jack & Jill – Jasmin Wong
– First place in the 2013 Zouk S.E.A. Novice Jack & Jill – Dev Sasidharan & Jasmin Wong
– First place in the 2013 Zouk S.E.A. Showcase Competition – Dev Sasidharan & Jasmin Wong