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I have been asked this question a million times. Not once have I ever gotten bored explaining it to others. In fact, I still get very excited telling others what it is and what makes Zouk so awesome!
Zouk is a Brazilian dance and still very young compare to many other social dances. It was popularised in the 1980, and has grown popularity all over the world, mainly in UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.
The second most puzzled look on their face would be when I use the term "Social dance" to explain. Okay, social dancing is a dance with a partner where all the moves aren't choreographed or in predetermined sequences. Usually, everyone understands when I say "Salsa". That's when they go "oOoohh" so it's like Salsa! Now I would end up having to explain the difference!
Why do I love Zouk...?
It took me over a year of dancing before discovering Zouk. Having tried numerous social dances such as Salsa, Tango, Kizomba, all of which I did enjoy. When I first saw Jonny and Julia dance to "Diamonds" by Kaysha. Just watching them, you can feel the connection flowing through each movement. I knew then that this was the dance for me.
Being someone who listens to RnB and Hip hop a lot but also enjoy dancing to something romantically slow. Yes I do like a little Romance! Who doesn't? Zouk doesn't have that limitations. I also like to improvise a lot, not following rules had always been something I'm naturally good at! Zouk was made for me :)
Zouk is a very, very, very sensual and fluid dance. You create that closeness, the feeling and connection with your dance partner. Sometimes sensually slow, respecting the women in front of you and other times just have crazy fun, laughing and after making ton's of mistakes but keep on going. "Zoukasm", that feeling of euphoria keeps me addicted.
Zouk has a many variations and others calling it their own style of Zouk. Zouk Lambada, LambaZouk, Brazilian Zouk, Neo Zouk, Rio Zouk, Zouk Love, MZouk, SoulZouk, RnB Zouk, VeraZouk and the list goes on!
For me personally, I like to steal a few moves from different variations to how I feel right when dancing. There really no right or wrong styles to dance to the music played. As long as you dance with the right feel and emotions to the music, you don't necessarily have to dance to every beat!
Here is a video of one of my favorite teachers who inspired me last year to continue dancing Zouk. I've met them both and they were wonderful people. Xandy and Evelyn, their style of Zouk has contemporary influence and it just flows so well! Beautiful...
Another of my recent favourite Teachers and their demo in Berlin! Enjoy :)
Freddy & Andressa dancing to "Before You Walk Out Of My Life" by Monica.
If you want to learn Zouk and lucky enough to be in one of these cities, there are weekly classes running in London, Manchester and Bristol. Unfortunately our former teachers Jonny and Julia do not teach in Birmingham no more!
In London, there are beginners, intermediate,advanced classes and social on Monday evenings at Grace Bar, Picadilly Circus where Jonny and Julia now teaches. Parties and classes every Saturday at DanceFIX, Holborn. Plus more!
Manchester classes are ran by Tina at La Tasca, Deansgate, Tuesdays & Wednesdays for beginners to intermediate classes and social.
In Bristol, there are several classes running on Wednesday; Alessandro teaches at the Coniston and Andy Witt at the Cuban. On Friday nights, Tim & Sakina teaches at the Tobacco Factory.
There are still a handful of Birmingham Zoukers who practice and dance Zouk weekly. We have no official classes or teachers. You may have spotted them recently filming a dance for the International Flash Mob 2014! BIG UPS to Zouk Birmingham!
Here are some other blogs dedicated to Zouk that are worth reading.
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