Frequently Asked Questions
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.
For those who wish to pay per lesson, the price is $45 per 2-hour block.
Due to current Safe Management Measures, attendance is by-invitation only, and only for those who have been fully vaccinated. We hope to be able to open up the dance practica to all dancers again, once the restrictions are lifted.
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The event usually features a 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, China SoulZouk, Val & Vanessa, and Brenda & Anderson.
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!
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.
We teach a blend of styles, and explore lead-follow techniques through the use of energy, elasticity, breath, internal muscle tension. Traditional moves (as created by Renata Pecanha and Adilio Porto) such as lateral, viradinha, rau, etc, are taught using these concepts of movement. Our focus is on understanding partner movement as a result of energetic forces, rather than as a result of performing a series of pre-determined steps.
Students are also encouraged to explore different styles and develop their own style – one that allows to express themselves in their own unique way.
We believe in creating versatile dancers, well-rounded in all styles, to enable them to dance with a wide variety of Brazilian Zouk dancers, and to enjoy themselves in the process.
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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.
Once we receive your registration and the class is confirmed, we will send an email confirmation with payment instructions.
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.
We strongly recommend rotating partners. However, if you do not wish to rotate partners, do let us know at the start of class.
Alternatively, you can also 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.
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!