Frequently Asked Questions

Brazilian Zouk is a partner dance that evolved from Lambada. In 1993, Lambada became very popular as a dance form after it was featured in a Brazilian soap opera. Alas, it’s popularity did not last, and production and availability of Lambada music declined. The dancers who tried to continue this dance form found a new genre of music that they could dance to – Zouk (from the French Caribbean islands). However, as the music was slower than Lambada, the dancers began evolving their dance style, to better suit the music. The slower speed also gave dancers more opportunity to incorporate body movement into their dance.

The birth and popularity of Brazilian Zouk is mainly credited to Renata Pecanha and Adilio Porto. Their style of Zouk incorporates elements of Brazilian dances, such as Bolero, Samba de Gafiera, as well as contemporary dance. Today, there are many practitioners who have also included their own style and techniques, to create a variety of dance styles, but all with the same roots. Examples include NeoZouk, SoulZouk, ZoukFlow, Zouk R&B.

Brazilian Zouk is continuously evolving, with new techniques and movements being introduced from year to year. As musicality is one of the core tenets of Brazilian Zouk, the dance is also influenced by changes in musical styles. The constant evolution is one of the reasons dancers find Brazilian Zouk so exciting and challenging!

Check out this video of a Zouk dance social, featuring internationally acclaimed Zouk artiste, William Teixeira, with the students of Zouk Dance Academy.

Each 8-hour course is $160 for first-timers (works out to $20/hour). Returning students can enjoy a discounted rate of $140 for subsequent higher-level courses. Free refreshers are included for those who pay for the course.

For those who wish to pay per lesson, the price is $45 per 2-hour block. However, do note that “free refreshers” will not be applicable for this payment option.

The short answer is no. But if you paid for a course, you can always come back for the same-level course, as often as you like, for free. You can attend the lesson you missed, as well as all the other lessons you’ve already done. In fact, we highly encourage students to return for courses they’ve already completed. It takes a lot more than a single attendance, to truly master what you’ve learnt.
If you’re not sure about signing up for the whole course, you can attend the first lesson and pay for that one lesson only. The fee is reflected in the “per-lesson fee”. If you’d like to observe the class, you are most welcome to visit our classes for a few minutes.
You only need one. Jean is highly proficient in both the leader’s and follower’s role, and she will be able to instruct you accordingly.
Not at all. Many students come for the class alone, or with a group of friends. In any case, during the class, you will be partnered up with your classmates. Partners will be rotated during each class so that everyone gets a chance to have a partner. If we have an imbalance, students without partners simply wait between pairs for the next rotation. We will be rotating partners frequently throughout the class.
We run a weekly PURE ZOUK dance social on Saturdays, from 930pm to 12am at Studio UP. Cover is $10, or $6 for students of Zouk Dance Academy.

The Singapore Zouk community also runs a “Midweek Zouk Fix” social at Dance Channel (Burlington Square) on Wednesdays, from 915pm to 1115pm. Cover is $6.

Only Zouk music is played during these socials. All are welcome to join us.

There are also various mixed socials at other dance schools in Singapore. These socials may include up to 50% Zouk.

PURE ZOUK is our weekly dance social, whic is held on Saturdays, from 930pm to 12am, at Studio UP. We play only Zouk music during this social. Cover is $10, or $6 for students of Zouk Dance Academy. It is free for students of Brazilian Zouk Part 1 & 2 classes.
ZoukRush is an ad hoc event, where renowned and well respected Brazilian Zouk artistes are invited to teach workshops, social dance and/or perform at Zouk Dance Academy across several days. There are no recurring fixed dates, and ZoukRush may take place 1 to 3 times a year.

The event usually features pair of artistes, who teach 6 to 8 group workshops over a weekend, and dance with participants over 3 or 4 Zouk social dance nights. Private lessons are usually available.

Invited guests have included Bruno Galhardo, Layssa Liebscher, Kamacho & Debby, Leo & Becky, Felipe & Erica, Arthur & Layssa.

Workshops and dance socials are usually held at Studio UP. Zouk dancers from all around the world are most welcome to join us for this exciting event!

Simply check out our schedule or view our google calendar.
On a fundamental level, students are trained in the style which most closely resembles the original style of Brazilian Zouk, as created by Renata Pecanha and Adilio Porto. This style requires a high level of body control and balance, as it incorporates elements of contemporary dance. Students who are trained in this style generally find it easy to pick up other styles of Zouk, as well as other street Latin dances like Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba.

On more advanced levels, techniques from other styles of Zouk are also taught. We believe in creating versatile dancers, well-rounded in all styles, to enable them to dance with a wide variety of Brazilian Zouk dancers.

Each course is a total of 8 hours. The lessons may be spread out over 4 weeks (2-hour x 4-lesson format) or 2 weeks (4-hour x 2-lesson format). Check the lesson dates (4 lesson dates vs 2 lesson dates) and time, to know which format the course is in.

To view our schedule, click here.

As long as you notify us of your cancellation at least 5 working days before the start of your class (Sat is not considered a working day), we’d be happy to arrange a full refund. Do note that no refunds can be given for requests made within 5 working days from the start of class, and after class has started. Classes are non-transferable.

If you’re not sure about the class, you’re most welcome to visit and observe the class of your interest before registering, or join on a per-lesson basis.

You can make payment by cash (when you come for your first lesson) or via bank transfer/deposit. We are UNABLE to accept credit card, NETS or cheque payment.

Once we receive your registration, we will send an email confirmation with payment instructions.

For shoes – Anything that stays with your entire foot when you lift it, and allows you to pivot comfortably on hard wood floors. A little bit of traction will be helpful for staying grounded. Absolutely NO slippers, mules, wedges, platforms or footwear shoes, or anything that leaves your heel when you lift your foot. Flats and dance heels are both allowed. Sneakers are also allowed, as long as they do not have too much friction when you pivot.

For clothes – Anything that’s comfortable and allows easy movement of your arms and legs especially. Office wear or exercise gear is fine too. Preferably no short, tight skirts which restrict movement, and no long flowing skirts, which tend to obscure the feet.

Rotating partners is not solely for social reasons; it is critical to the learning process. Although everyone has a different style, the “lead” signals that are used are generally standardized (within the different styles). Therefore, if your lead signals are clear (as a leader), or if you’re able to interpret these signals accurately (as a follower), then you should be able to dance with any dancer. Dancing with different partners will give you a true test of whether your leading/following technique is correct.

It is absolutely your choice if you wish to dance only with your partner outside of class. However, during class, it is necessary to rotate partners as that is part of the learning process.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to rotate partners, you can do a private class instead. With a private class, you can structure it according to your preference and learn at your own pace. If you would like to arrange for a private class, please click here.

It’s not necessary. You can just pop into the class, and we’ll try our best to accommodate you. Unless the studio is filled to capacity or the gender ratio is too skewed, we will be most delighted to have you return for classes. However do also make alternative plans, just in case we can’t accommodate you in the lesson.
Yes we do. If you are interested, click here to make an enquiry, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Most classes are held at Studio UP. On occasion, classes may be held at other locations.
Brazilian Zouk is a partner dance, just like Salsa, Bachata or Kizomba. Unlike Salsa, which is mainly led by the hands, Brazilian Zouk emphasizes that leaders must express their movement intention by the body, so that followers can understand the lead through multiple channels. This results in a sensitive and light hand connection between leader and follower, and full engagement of the body at all times.

Zouk dancers can also choose to change the beat that they step on, “stretch” their movements over several beats, quicken specific steps, or follow syncopated rhythms, as dictated by the music. Their steps do not need to follow a regular beat throughout. Zouk dancers place musicality and connection above all else. Dancers are free to use their bodies to interpret different aspects of the music, and not just the percussive beats.

Unlike Bachata and Kizomba, the basic steps involve more of a gliding, forwards/backwards movement, and there is a lot more flow and dynamic movement in the dance.

The most characteristic features of Brazilian Zouk are the use of body movement, circular head and chest movements, Cambré, and off-axis movements in turns and spins. As these movements are very challenging, they are only taught after one has completed Brazilian Zouk Part 5 and passed the ensuing assessment. Good balance and a strong foundation are necessary in the learning of such moves.

Due to the rigorous nature of the classes at Zouk Dance Academy, students often find that their time at Zouk Dance Academy has an obvious and positive effect on their skill level in other dances!