Why Brazilian Zouk
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives indefinitely; restricting our activities and reducing our opportunities to connect with others. But even though online realms still allows us to work, take classes and even date, they cannot offer the one thing that lays the biological foundation for connecting to other people - TOUCH.
Touch is responsible for releasing "oxytocin", a neuropeptide which basically promotes feelings of devotion, trust and bonding. It's also called the "cuddle hormone", as it makes us feel close to one another.
Touch is a defining feature of partner dance, and Brazilian Zouk, in particular, is a great way to fill up on those cuddle hormones. Brazilian Zouk is a dance that requires the ultimate visual and physical connection between two individuals.
The class has completely changed my perspective of partnering in partner dances! Jean's teaching strategy sets a very solid foundation for understanding leading and following. Her concepts of 'co-creation' and 'following the follow' has helped broaden my perspective in both dance and personal life. The depth of her teaching is truly one of a kind and will definitely be taken with me throughout my zouk (and life) journey! - Carin Lee
Jean teaches dance in a way that is absolutely unique. Nowhere in the world have I seen anyone make a whole class feel so comfortable, and make dancing feel so natural! I wish everyone could have this experience to understand what dance is really all about. - Kareem Shehata
Beyond Zouk is not really about zouk, in the best possible way. For me Jean touches the very foundation of why I dance — to move my body without insecurity nor ego, to connect to another dancer fully, to yearn to connect vulnerably and without shame or guilt. And finally, after all that, to connect in some little way, to the core of my own being. - Y. H.
Why Beyond Zouk
"Beyond Zouk" is designed to help participants, from all walks of life, explore movement and touch, in a fun and safe manner. Through a series of fun and playful exercises, you will learn to engage with participants on a variety of levels - through our breath patterns and facial expressions, as well as through tactile sensations, using different points of the body, including the head and torso. You will learn about the different types of touch and how touch can induce instinctive reactions from our partners.
Apart from learning how to connect, the course also focuses on internal physiological connection - understanding how to release and create tension in one's body, the effects of body alignment and balance, use of the spine to dispel motion energy. This is so that you may eventually move fluidly in tandem with others.
Join us on this journey of self-discovery. Learn about how you interact with other humans, both physically and mentally, and what your relationship with touch is. All partner exercises are conducted with a wonderful variety of songs that you can't help but move to. As consent is very important in building a safe environment, you will be asked for your permission, before any exercise involving touch commences.
Starts Wed 6 April 2022
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