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 at times, 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. In addition to investing in continuous education through private lessons, we organize Zouk events in Singapore, featuring workshops and parties by the very best artistes in Brazilian Zouk.

Because the dance of Zouk is dynamic, dancers must have a good connection to each other, to be able to move as one. The synchronicity of movement is also what makes Brazilian Zouk so fun!

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 in a fun manner (via desired versus undesired reactions from their partner).

Lessons 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 invite you to join us on this amazing journey, and experience the transformation for yourself. To be able to express music in a shared movement – that is truly one of the most magical experiences that Brazilian Zouk offers.


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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 (and money) in private lessons with some of the world’s most respected and popular Zouk instructors, Jean’s dance style (as a leader) 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. After rigorous training with China SoulZouk, she has also been initiated into the SoulZouk family.

SoulZouk is a dance philosophy that emphasizes the pleasure and comfort of the dancers, and connection with one’s partner through awareness of one’s own body mechanics and that of their partner’s. It celebrates the “beautiful chaos” of social dancing and everything that it brings – connection, creativity, musicality, fun, inpisration, interpretation, and so much more. SoulZouk is not a dance style; instead it accepts and celebrates diversity of styles. SoulZouk practitioners are bound not by their style or moves, but by the SoulZouk methodology and philosophy. SoulZouk dancers are known for the feelings of pleasure and comfort that they give to their dance partner, with every dance.