Jean is a patient and committed instructor with a critical eye for detail and excellence. She has a talent for breaking down techniques and moves down to their every grain, and never fails to ensure that her students understand and are able to apply what they have learnt. Her focus on building strong foundations for dancers under her charge has shaped a scene that prides itself on a high level of safety and competence. Safety is also highly emphasized in classes where Jean stresses on the mutual respect of body and space in partner dancing. This has created a learning environment where partners feel secure and at ease.
Jean’s dedication to her craft is evident in her consistent upgrading of skills, her repertoire of moves, and her keen exploration of different styles. Dancing as both lead and follow in Zouk, Jean showcases a deep understanding of the nuances of the dance, as well as great versatility. As a lead, Jean is musical and groovy, with the ability to switch styles according to the genre of music played. Dancing with Jean is always jam-packed with fun and unpredictability, as she not only has a grand collection of improvised patterns, but immense creativity in body movement and isolation. Her experience as a follower has greatly contributed to her understanding of the anatomy in movement. This has allowed her to formulate a leading technique that not only is effective, but also brings great ease for her followers.
I first started my dance journey back in 2008 when I signed up for Salsa classes at Jean’s school (then Two Left Feet). Learning to dance had always been on my bucket list, and through a series of (un)fortunate events, a friend brought me along to a Salsa class (coincidentally taught by Jean). I was immediately impressed with the level of detail that she put into her class. It was clear that her main focus was on her students attaining the right fundamentals rather than picking up fancy patterns to try on the dance floor. I ended up signing up for every class Jean offered at the school, so it was a natural progression for me to sign up for Zouk when it was introduced to Singapore in 2009. Compared to the other latin dances, Zouk provides versatility, in that you can dance to a variety of music (hip hop, r&b, lyrical etc.). There are also numerous different styles of Zouk that students can adopt and learn.
Naturally by this time I was a huge fan of Jean’s teaching, regardless of dance style. I liked how she was able to break down complex concepts to help her students get the correct fundamentals, rather than blazing through the syllabus. I enjoy her blunt and straightforward critique during her lessons, mixed with her own unique style of humour. While other schools may prefer to sugarcoat their feedback, Jean prefers to tell it like it is. I find this extremely useful and far more productive, as it provides students the correct feedback to help them focus on specific areas to improve on.
I would highly recommend Jean’s Zouk classes. Not only is it a great way to meet people in a fun social environment, but it gives you a great life skill that pushes both physical and creative boundaries.
Jean approaches teaching Zouk like a science; each block of knowledge is built on another. Her understanding of body mechanics, musicality and being a teacher of Zouk leader and follower roles combined brings a unique blend of knowledge to her students.
Compared to externally making the dance beautiful with shines and ‘cool moves’ and tricks, Jean’s belief is that when your fundamentals are strong, the dance will not only be beautiful, but enjoyable and safe; which though might seem like asking for a a lot in the beginning, has eventually made most of us believers.
She is constantly updating her knowledge of Zouk. Learning from and sharing knowledge with leading Zouk artistes and dancers from around the world, the Zouk syllabus she offers has been revised over and over again over the years, becoming more comprehensive and easier to absorb. When it comes to parts that she might not be able to give us the best, she will bring over some of the best Zouk instructors in the world to Singapore from one to several times a year.
In and out of the dance class, she is dedicated to guide you in your progress as a dancer, if you want that. I’m very proud to say that I’m one of Jean’s students. Zouk isn’t an easy dance. There’s only a handful of dancers who teach Zouk properly, and Jean is definitely one of them.
Jean is a patient instructor who pays meticulous attention to technique and detail. Always encouraging, she pushes her willing students to strive for excellence and versatility, while developing their personal style. Dancing and instructing both as a lead and follower, she has the advantage and expertise to effectively break down a move, taking care to explain the body mechanics involved on both sides. Jean also employs a variety of creative techniques to allow her students to “feel” and execute the correct movements. Her syllabus is always relevant – a result of consistent upgrading of skills and regular communication with the international Zouk scene.
What started to be another tick-off from my bucket list by learning how to dance properly, had turned out to be a life changing experience.
As many people did, I started with Salsa and Bachata. But it is with Zouk that I could start to feel the connection with my dance partner, through obvious as well as subtle movements as we freely interpret the music.
As any other form of communication, fundamentals are very important before moving ahead with more sophisticated stuffs. This is what has been delivered consistently by Jean over the years from the essence of leading and following, to how to enjoy dance through better musicality.
Whether you want to discover Zouk or in pursuit of your best self as Zouk dancers, I would highly recommend to join Jean’s classes and experience it yourself.
Have a fun journey!
I saw Zouk first in Russia and always wanted to learn it. I met Leo and Becky in St Petersburg and they told me a lot about Jean Goh as an amazing teacher and DJ. I was also told that the Zouk community is very nice and friendly to beginners, and Jean’s classes are always fun.
So when I moved to Singapore I didn’t even consider other schools. I was very surprised to see a tiny girl teaching Zouk (apparently it was Jean. LOL). Nevertheless she was well respected and loved by all dancers, be it a Salsa, Bachata or Zouk dancer.
She put very high standards in dancing in Singapore. The form, the technique and the safety are her priorities. She will never jeopardize follower’s or leader’s safety for cool moves or styling. The classes are always fun to attend. We laugh and joke a lot. At the same time she breaks down the move and technique into small parts for everyone to understand.
She never stops learning from other instructors; that’s why she is able to show new styles, as well as new moves. She doesn’t like “half-assed” dancers. Every time she tells us “you either do it properly or not, but never half – assed”. We all look for her feedback as it is always honest and fair. “Not bad” really means “not bad”. Cos usually it’s,” Go and practice more!” LOL. I will definitely recommend her as a teacher and friend to all my friends. Without her I wouldn’t enjoy dancing as much as I do now. Cos it’s all about being able to enjoy without fear for new moves or fearing for your own safety.
I started out as a Salsa dancer. When I first saw Zouk, I was both intrigued and intimidated at the same time, because Zouk is so beautiful and complex. I was not sure if I could ever dance Zouk well.
I eventually signed up because I had had great experience learning Salsa with Jean. I knew that if I wanted to dance well and look good, I must learn the nuances of each movement and understand the connection with the leader. Jean has always been able to give concise and effective instructions; so all I had to do was to listen, apply and practice.
Jean is also a generous instructor who always shows up at the dance socials, willing to dance with her students and provide constructive feedback. She always raises the bar for each person that she dances with; may it be by correcting the fundamentals or by making one move muscles that one doesn’t know exist! Dancing with Jean can sometimes be challenging, amusing, and even quirky; but always inspiring.
I later learned that to dance well, one also has to attain good balance and core strength in movements. That’s what I got from Jean’s classes. I felt my body become stronger and my posture improved over time; allowing me to safely challenge the expressive movements of Zouk. Learning the fundamentals of Zouk properly has also helped me become a better follower and have nicer body movements in other dances like Salsa and Bachata.
I would strongly recommend jean as an instructor as she has the ability to give simple instructions to beginners ; she is also able to be more technical with seasoned dancers and help them shift their paradigm of movement to learn.
I began taking up Zouk classes with Jean after recommendations from a friend. I had no prior dance experience, but found the beginner levels easy to follow and enjoyable as Jean has great passion in her work and is precise in her instructions. She may seem demanding at first, but I think that her meticulous methods are useful for people that want to master the harder moves well. The local Zouk community of more experienced dancers are very friendly and welcoming to new comers, definitely a large plus for beginners and I’m thankful to them as well for giving me useful pointers.
Due to a friend’s violent persuasion, I went to my first Zouk class 3 years ago. I was scared. Dancing was never on top of my to-do list. I had zero background in it. I could barely walk straight.
Jean’s reputation precedes her. I’ve heard the legends and rumors about her being sadistically perfectionist. And yet, my first encounter with Jean was surprisingly pleasant. She made the effort to get to know each of her student on a personal level which made me feel welcome instantly. She broke down difficult concepts into elementary level without losing the sophistication.
In the first lesson Jean gave us an introduction to the dance, how much she fell in love with it, and made us have the right mindset of learning: to never be satisfied and always strive for improvement. Jean’s lesson doesn’t stay in class, it becomes a lifestyle. I find myself practicing body roll and activating my core in my commute. It’s incredible how much this dance subconsciously takes so much of my dedication in a way that it has become second nature.
Jean’s classes feel more like private lessons. She pushes you to keep on trying until you get a certain move right. She’s very strict but her class is compelling, witty, full of delightful sarcasm and ultimately rewarding.
I truly enjoy every second of Jean’s passion and guidance in her classes. All of her students do, as we keep coming back for more. And you bet there is always more for us.
I first got introduced to Zouk when I saw a Zouk demo. The dance looked so graceful that I wanted to become like that. The rest is history.
Why I chose Jean to teach me this beautiful dance is because of the fact that there are only a few schools teaching it!! Jokes aside, I have taken a look at other schools and done more research before going with Jean. I’ve found that Jean’s dance syllabus and knowledge in Brazilian Zouk is incomparable and will teach me the right techniques. She constantly strives to improve herself with worldwide respected pros and keeps her syllabus updated in the ever changing world of dance. And that is something I respect and look for in a teacher.
Jean is one of the rare Instructors around that breaks things down for you to understand instead of cookie cutter lessons just out to please the general populace and make more money. She really cares for her students and wants them to improve. I have never seen her reject a student who had questions outside of class or even on the social dance floor.
If you adopt an open and willing attitude to learn, Jean will bring you a long way. She also adapts her teaching style for the leisure dancer or the serious dancer. For the serious dancer, Jean will be able to assist in correcting all the minor flaws that makes the dance look so flowy and effortless. For the leisure dancer, Jean will relax her critique and ensure you have your basics right to enjoy the dance.
Would highly recommend Jean! I’ve definitely stuck around for more than a few years and will still continue to do so.
Tan Kian Ming
I got to know Jean when I was taking a Salsa class at her previous school, Two Left Feet, and at that time, she was standing in for another instructor. I was impressed by how she managed to spot and correct each student’s mistake simply from one practiced song together with her facing the mirror. Hence, I stayed with her classes since then.
It was at Two Left Feet’s mixed social that I discovered Brazilian Zouk which caught my attention immediately. I saw how versatile the dance is and its limitlessness movement that can be used to interpret different genres of music. Learning Zouk from Jean has been quite scary and at the same time satisfying. She is famous for being really strict about getting her students to learn and execute the proper Zouk techniques, as she wants them to enjoy the dance without getting injured. As a teacher, she has not stopped learning. She has been actively taking private lessons from international Zouk artists, learning their unique style and techniques. so as to impart them to her students. Very often, she will come up with strange ideas and make use of props in her teaching, to enable her students to have a better understanding of the feel and movement.
Over the past 5 years, I have witnessed the modification in the Zouk syllabus that she taught, which is not stagnant and changes to suit the student. Her passion in teaching and grooming her students can be evidenced from the tips and advice that she gives freely at social dance floor, and also Facebook messages (if you happen to see her online). For her student to be able to master a technique properly, the course comes with free refreshers, which is very beneficial for slow learners like me. If you are interested in learning Zouk, and need a teacher who can break down the steps for you in a systematic manner, Jean is the one you want.
One day I was about to leave the dance studio, when I saw an exhilarating dance, which left a lasting impression on me. I had no idea what that dance was, but I sad to myself,”I want to learn it.” I asked around and finally, I realized that dance was called Zouk!
I’ve been learning under Jean, from Zouk Part 1 to Zouk Part 10 (at least 10 months)! She has a great understanding of Zouk dance, as she is capable as a leader, as well as a follower.
Jean’s teaching style is simple yet complicated. She will break down the movement as simple as possible, so I can understand the basic idea of the routine. Or sometimes she will try to use other approachs, like asking me to imagine something similar that mimics the dance feeling. For example, when I do “contraction” she will ask me to imagine somebody punching you in the stomach. Or for “Rau” movement. Jean will always ask me to imagine I’m vomiting, and many more such examples.
The complicated part is that she is a technique fanatic, not only to me, but also to all her many students. She will not hesitate to to point out your mistake. I find this quite helpful, because sometimes I thought I was doing the move right, but in reality, I was not.
To me, Jean is a very dedicated Zouk instructor to her students, as her training does not just stay inside the classroom. She has called me after dance socials, to comment on and correct my movement. She tells me to keep practising, until I get it right. I am glad that she corrects me, or else I may continue to practise the wrong things.
Jean is passionate about and very dedicated to Zouk! Me and my other dance mates are super grateful to have her as our instructor here in Singapore.
If any of you love Zouk, I would love you and urge you to learn it from her because she will teach it right and you will get it right.
Taking up Zouk was rather interesting and gave more freedom to express what I felt on the dance floor. Jean was the best person to learn Zouk and the amazing interest of the Zouk community was what made me like Zouk. Loved the music as it was not one dimensional and mostly, loved the funkyness factor.
Jean is an amazing guru, who see’s potential and makes sure the fundamentals are well drilled into you, which makes the funkier moves easy to execute and fun. Jean’s style of teaching is very precise and uses a more practical approach giving ample time to dance during classes. Her passion for Zouk is the one thing which makes her stand-out from others.
Zouk is an amazingly fun dance and I wouldn’t go to anyone else than Jean, learn the best from the best.
I got to know about Zouk when my Salsa mates asked me to stay back for a Zouk social. I was literally mesmerized by the moves. I was impressed by the fluidity and musicality of Zouk. Shortly I started Zouk class with Jean.
To say Jean’s class is intense is an understatement. But I truly appreciate her focus on basics and technique. She has a fun way of engaging the class too. In a way I also appreciate her being brutally honest about where we are. If you like Zouk and want to be good at it, go for Jean’s class !
P.S. Bonus for me, not only did I find many awesome dance buddies, I also found my life partner at Jean’s class. 🙂
I always wanted to learn Zouk and when I finally got the time, I was recommended to try it with Jean as she is the best in Brazilian Zouk. So I took a trial lesson, enjoyed myself and never looked back.
I can really see the passion in her and that she really enjoys the dance. As such, she really wants us to be at our best and pushes us to dance the right way. Though lessons are hard, they are enjoyable. She is passionate, strict and does her best to teach us.
If you really want to learn pure Brazilian Zouk, then you should learn with Jean. Just be prepared to work hard and enjoy yourself.
I fell in love with Zouk the first time I saw it at a crash course before a salsa/bachata/zouk social. I was dancing salsa at the time but immediately yearned to learn Zouk! It was a whole year later when I finally found the time to begin lessons. People had told me stories about how fierce she was – but Jean turned out pretty mellow towards beginners in the first few months (:P).
Jean has the most intense focus on fundamental techniques, which is critical to progressing as a dancer and allows you to have more fun mucking around and being creative down the road – that’s definitely one thing I love about her. The other thing that’s awesome about learning with Jean is how sensitive she is towards the little individual problems each student has. Even during group classes, she’s adept at correcting basic problems each student is facing, and when you dance with her (if you dare), Jean really puts in two hundred percent effort to pick out your weird tics and offer tips and exercises to correct them. It’s helped me tremendously in troubleshooting my follow technique.
Zouk is crazy fun and has given new focus to my life (not an overstatement). It’s ecstasy to
experience the sensation of flow and connection – between you and your own body, and between
you and your dance partner in that moment. Puts a smile on my face every time.
Basically – I’d fall over myself recommending that you learn Zouk with Jean. You’ll see yourself get stronger and better, your technique will constantly improve, and your skills will stick for life – you won’t regret it!
Jean is an incredible teacher, she’s welcoming and encouraging and quickly gets new students out on the social dance floor having fun.Taking a private class with Jean was an easy decision for me, her techniques are solid and emphasize correct form, mastering the fundamentals, as well as safety. She can spot connection and other issues just by watching you dance and knows how to break down concepts and techniques so they’re more easily digested. Her passion, sense of purpose and commitment to zouk and her students is inspiring. On top of this she has a wicked sense of humor, is one hell of a lead and DJ, and makes the best Congress travel buddy ever!!
After dwelling for some time on taking Zouk classes, I finally decided to take Jean’s class after some friends wanted to take Zouk classes too.
We decided on taking Jean’s class because she emphasizes the fundamentals and ensures that we have the basics right, so that it becomes a habit. With the right fundamentals, we can have a lot more fun on the dance floor.
While Jean’s classes focuses on one or two moves per class, we’re able to practice a lot on these moves, and we can make a lot of different patterns just from these moves. With an hour of body movement & another hour of pattern movement, that’s a lot of dancing for 2 hours. This brings me to my next point – free refreshers. You can always come back for more. With free refreshers, a lot of senior dancers are always back at Jean’s class to improve their dance. That’s why I would recommend anyone to take Zouk’s classes with Jean. While correcting your skills in class, you can always practice it during their weekly Pure Zouk socials.
I have found that Brazilian Zouk allows me to enjoy every single beat and melody in the music that I am dancing to. It is a universal language that allows me to connect and communicate with both dance friends and people I have just met. Really fun!!
Jean is one of the most passionate and dedicated instructors in the world. She is thinking about Brazilian Zouk 24/7 and she keeps upgrading and adapting her style of teaching, so that students are able to grasp the fundamentals to build a strong foundation. Jean tells what is right or wrong clearly for students to improve their technique. She is honest in her critique and gives valuable feedback which is key to a student’s learning process. Her teaching style is ideal for dancers looking to build strong fundamentals, and also those looking to improve and take their dance to the next level. Brazilian Zouk is not an easy dance and Jean makes sure that her students start on the right foot with the correct technique during beginner classes. I feel very lucky to be in Singapore to take classes with Jean. I like the Zouk Dance Academy community where everyone is warm, friendly and fun.
Jean is an absolute gem of a teacher. She has everything you need in a teacher: technique, patience, eye for mistakes and necessary corrections, as well as great sense of humour. San Francisco Zouk community was lucky to have her for couple of weeks and the whole community improved as a result. I made the best decision and investment of taking a private where we worked on lots of micromovements and micro leading. And funnily enough, next social I went to, the ladies asked me, “Did you take a private with Jean?” They loved it. Jean corrected a lot of my mistakes and bad habits and polished a lot of moves. Recommend her, hands down.
After coming across a Zouk video online. I was completely enamored by the complex and graceful moves . It was then I knew I had to master this beautiful dance !
Jean is a wonderful dance teacher; passionate, dedicated, constantly updating her skill and teaching style by taking lessons from international Zouk artistes. It is extremely rare to find a teacher as detailed and meticulous as she is when it comes to dance techniques. While it may be fun to learn fancy cool moves, it can be dangerous if wrongly excecuted. Jean places a lot of emphasis on the fundamentals and building a strong foundation, ensuring that her students are able to execute the moves correctly and safely.
I’d highly recommend anyone interested in Zouk to embark on this journey with Jean.
When I first saw a Brazilian Zouk performance at a local dance congress, I immediately fell in love with how beautiful the dance form looked and the intricate use of musicality in the steps. Back then, I had some dance friends who were learning Zouk but I didn’t know how it looked like until that performance, and I knew I had to go and pick it up for myself.
I decided to check out Two Left Feet Dance School as my friends had learnt Zouk from there, and I thought to myself…what better place to learn from than the one that pioneered the Zouk scene in Singapore? So I started taking Zouk classes under Jean, whom I received grueling but crucial instruction about Zouk basics and fundamentals. She emphasized on technique which was something that I appreciated a lot as I realised that that is the foundation to becoming a good dancer, and she took pains to reiterate that during each and every class she conducts. I also liked that she drilled down into details of body movements, use of frame and breathing, all of which are the elements which make Zouk look so good, and tailors the pace of teaching according to the needs and readiness of the students rather than stick to a fixed curriculum for the course.
She may come across as really strict but I guess it all stems from her intention to have her students learn the right stuff rather than the fancy/popular moves, and that is what makes her students so enjoyable to dance with when they have their fundamentals covered!
I definitely recommend Jean for her strong commitment in developing her students the right way, and high standards of teaching!
I watched a performance few years back and was captivated by the expressiveness, wave-like-movement, elongated steps and striking hair movement by the lady. The movements are rhythmic and wave-like in motion. It’s simply cool!
When I took up the lessons with Jean, you always learn something new each time. You will improve technically over each lesson. She focuses and emphases on the correct dance technique and feel; the breathing control technique; the lead and follow. She is strict but she wants to bring out the best of Zouk in you.
One phrase to describe: To dance gracefully with enjoyment.
Go with the master (Jean) should you want to enjoy the beauty of Brazilian Zouk!
Quite a lot of people have tried to get me into social dancing, but I never really got into any of it (socials are really intimidating to a newbie!) Then a friend told me about this studio teaching Zouk, and how she thought I’d like both the dance style and the teaching style. I signed up for my first course and she joined my class as a refresher (probably partly to make sure I didn’t balk and withdraw at the last minute! haha), and the rest is history! I have to say, the Zouk dance scene is the only one that doesn’t intimidate me as well. Everyone’s very friendly, and the seniors always make sure the newbies don’t feel too out of place.
Jean’s classes are always very enjoyable! Having two hour lessons mean you have enough time to warm your body up and learn loads of new things. In one hour classes elsewhere, it sometimes feel like class is over when you’re finally warmed up. Free refreshers also mean you have the option of repeating the same course again, which helps with getting the steps. Most of the classes always have a very good guy to girl ratio, plus you get to dance with people more senior than you as well. This helps a lot in understanding how a correctly led move should feel like (cuts down a fair bit on the whole blind leading the blind thing!)
I really like how Jean’s focus is on having a strong foundation instead of just learning fancy tricks, she genuinely does want us to improve. I also like how she’s not too polite to scream personal corrections across the dance studio! It may be embarrassing the first couple of times, but you improve so much faster when you actually know which corrections are directed and you and which are not. Given how Zouk is quite a technically demanding dance, this is quite a good thing. I’ve heard of some crazy stories of injuries happening because people (or their partners) try doing crazy stunts that they aren’t capable of yet, and I’m glad to say this doesn’t happen here!
Jean also doesn’t force us into a certain ‘look’ or ‘style’ of dancing. For each steps, she’d normally provide us with different styling options, or tell us where we can get ideas from. If you ever come to a social dance scene, you will realise everyone dances differently, it isn’t just a studio full of mini-Jeans.
I would definitely recommend picking up Zouk from Jean to anyone! Zouk is a beautiful dance that everyone should learn in my opinion, and there probably aren’t too many people who can teach it well.
I was at the Singapore International Latin Festival 2015 when I decided to try out an “Introductory to Zouk” workshop. It was love at first dance! I took up classes soon after and went for socials in hopes of improving my dancing. Not many places had Zouk socials, however Zouk Dance Academy (then Two Left Feet) had regular weekly socials, which I started going for. While dancing with the guys who were students of the school, it felt comfortable following to their lead and it was apparent they had strong dance fundamentals. The students’ dancing motivated me to take up classes with Jean.
I started beginner classes half a year ago with Jean. Before that, I had already taken several classes in another dance school. However after the first few classes with Jean, I realised that there are many fundamentals to Brazilian Zouk that I was still not aware of. Jean teaches both the female and male steps during class and makes it a point to give individual feedback during/after class which I find very helpful. After the first set of classes with Jean, I decided to continue classes as I felt that it will allow me to improve as a dancer.
I like how Jean shares the workings behind the moves. Especially as the level of difficulty of moves increases with each class, it is important not just to know what the move is but also know the why (process towards execution and things to do/not to do) and how the move should be executed correctly.
For beginners who want to learn a new dance, Brazilian Zouk may just be the dance and under the proper guidance of Jean, you will be up and dancing in socials real soon. For dancers who have learned Brazilian Zouk elsewhere, you might consider taking classes with Jean as well. If not to (re)learn the fundamentals of Brazilian Zouk, you can also pick up the other cool moves dance students at Zouk Dance Academy are executing on the dance floor.
Brazilian Zouk is a dance. Like all dances, I believe they are best enjoyed when you have fun! For me, the fun comes from translating music, together with your partner, into a language (i.e. movement) that is seemingly complex and comfortable. In short, it’s like learning a language that is “fun movement” and feels good!
So why learn from Jean? Let me use language class as an analogy.
“Because she teaches us how to move.” – Jean teaches A, B, C…
“Teaches us how to move correctly.” – Jean is a grammar nazi
“Moving correctly: requires time, and we get lots of it in class and refreshers.” – Jean reminds us to study OFTEN
“Moving correctly: requires practice, an abun-dance classes and socials.” – Jean reminds us to study MORE
“Moving correctly: requires someone to point out your mistakes and Jean guarantees this, I think.” – Women…*ahem* I mean, Jean never forgets our mistakes.
“Moving correctly: allows us to pleasure our partners.” – Jean teaches us “magic pickup lines”
“Moving correctly: makes gents hot and the ladies, sizzling!” – Jean teaches us “magic pickup lines, part 2”
“Moving correctly: is applicable to all dances.” – Jean teaches us “magic pickup lines” that can be used in other languages
Why “moving correctly” and not “dancing”?
I believe no one needs to learn how to “dance”, because everyone can already translate music into emotion in their own unique way. We only need to learn the language and grammar (i.e. movement) – in this case Brazilian Zouk – to express it. Jean can help with that.
I love to torture myself; that’s why I took up Zouk. Especially under Jean – the precision, the demand for technique, the strictness, the need to make myself a stronger dancer. It’s like an addiction! I learnt to be a better dancer, to hold myself, and not be at the mercy of leads (I’m only at the mercy of Jeans’s scolding usually). With that I can also express myself through the music and the dance, and at the same time, without compromising on the movements and lead.
I’ve used the techniques learnt in Zouk and applied them to other dances like Salsa and Bachata, and I know my body is not twisted or bent in ways that will be harmful for me in the long term. Not forgetting, the students she has produced are so good that many times at congresses in Asia, you would prefer to dance with her students (other than the pros), no matter how many times you have danced with them.
I started Brazilian Zouk because I already liked music and dance and was looking for a new hobby. A friend happened to be in it and I asked her if i should start with Brazilian Zouk, Salsa, Lambada, or Bachata. She told me to go for Zouk as it is the hardest and builds the most foundation and the rest will be easier in future! And it is true!
My experience in Jean’s classes has been painful. All those core exercises can really cause an ache! But I truly enjoy the classes and look forward to learning new technique!
What I like most about Jean’s style of teaching is her focus on the basics. I like sports and am active in some. All of them have the same dogma. Fundamentals, Fundamentals, Fundamentals. And Jean really drills us in that. I’ve been to overseas congresses and seen a lot of dancers. Many of them are very flashy but seeing the way they whip the follows around really makes me cringe. So I love that Jean always makes sure we are careful of the way we lead and the way we follow so that we don’t look flashy. But we look good and safe.
I would definitely recommend people to take Brazilian Zouk with Jean! Her focus on proper technique is extremely important in such a beautiful dance. I think she has the experience and core skills along with great technique which is important for any physical activity.
Classes with Jean are always non-stop challenging and you never know what she would craft up in each lesson. Her passion in Zouk is relentless. Lessons don’t just end at classes. She takes them to the dance floor if you’re willing, and they are always exciting as she challenges your potential as a dancer. Can’t imagine how Zouk can be this good without her.
Jean is a very very experienced teacher. I was surprised on how much she knows and how much I didn’t know. Her class is rich with information that helps me to do moves correctly, avoid injuries, look nice and is also beneficial for other dances.
During my class, she is extremely patient. She will find different ways to explain until we understand. I was surprised to find most of her students are extremely good and easy to dance with during social. They all have very good fundamentals and tend to take care of the girl while dancing. I feel really lucky we have such good teacher here ^_^
Jean is in a league of her own, and is an inspiration, both as a teacher and as a friend.
I’ve been learning Zouk with Jean for over a year now, and I attend her refreshers (Jean is so committed to dedication and practice, that once a student passes the first course, i.e. Zouk 1, and they move up to Zouk 2, they are invited to come to Zouk 1 classes for free). I don’t know of any teacher who invites her students to attend classes so wholeheartedly, and for no other reason that to provide them with a platform to practice their fundamentals.
I can honestly say that I have never attended a class in which I know what is going to come next. Every class of Jean’s is different. Her methods adapt and change, and are constantly improving. Jean pushes herself harder than she pushes are students (and make no mistake she pushes us hard), to find new ways of understanding the body, understanding the safest and most effective way to execute a move for our individual bodies.
Jean is all about individuality. She loathes to teach a set pattern. She is all about adapting, and variation. Like the saying goes,
“You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.”
Jean wants her students, and she trains her students, to be able to dance, lead and follow, any one, in any part of the world, on any dance floor.
Most importantly are the spiritual values Jean unwittingly imparts. Connection, connecting with your partner, adapting, gentleness, softness of touch, the power of suggestion, less is more, human touch, a gently hug, being present with the person you are dancing with, and adapting to their level of comfort. All lessons that we as adults, forget to apply in our daily life.
Zouk with Jean isn’t a hobby class, it is a way of life.