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Vi brought Brazilian Zouk to Norway in 2003

Dancify presents the fastest growing Latin American social couple dance: Brazilian Zouk! Also called the modern Lambada, Brazilian Zouk has already taken over dance floors in many capitals nowadays. This graceful, romantic & sensual dance is picking up with full force also in Norway!

More about Brazilian Zouk:

Brazilian Zouk (also called Zouk-Lambada) is a group of closely related dance styles based on or evolved from the lambada dance style. Brazilian Zouk is danced to zouk & kizomba music or other music containing the zouk beat or where Dj’s add the zouk beat to them, such as RnB, Reggaeton, Ragga, Hip-hop, Black music, Pop, Arabic, mixes and any other type of music where the dancers are able to express themselves, being guided by the melody or by a compass that allows the dancers to use their techniques and resources.

Brazilian Zouk & Caribbean Zouk:

The name Brazilian Zouk is used to distinguish the dance from the Caribbean Zouk dance style, which is historically related to, but very different from the Lambada dance style. The two dominant styles of Brazilian Zouk are the Porto-Seguro style and the Rio-style. The word Lambazouk is often used to refer exclusively to one or the other style depending on the region you live. The word Lambazouk was originally used to refer to the dance style developed by Daniel and Leticia Estévez López. The Brazilian Zouk dancing styles are among the most popular couple dances in Brazil.

Rio Style or Carioca Lambada

Rio-style Zouk (also called Carioca Lambada meaning Rio-style Lambada), was first developed in Rio de Janeiro. It is mainly danced in Brazil (Rio and Brasilia), Australia, The Netherlands, Spain and some other European countries, such as Norway, Sweden, etc. It uses a modified, slower, smoother, even more sensual version of the lambada and is typically danced on Zouk-love style music. In the Netherlands this dance style goes under the name of zouk-love. The Brazilian zouk dance style was first developed in the Ilha Dos Pescadores in Rio de Janeiro around 1989. Unlike salsa, which is led with the hands; Brazilian zouk is led by more parts of the body, noticeably the glued-to-each-other hips of the partners. Thus, in a basic sideways movement, it is the hips that move first, followed by the rest of the body, and this is part of what makes the dance so sensual. However, in various moves the dance partners are also connected by eye contact, legs, arms, shoulders, head, etc. When practicing zouk in dance classes, we warn women to be very careful with their backs and necks, as two of the most distinctive and commented-on movements are the cambré (arching backwards to a greater or lesser degree, sometimes even below the waist) and the specific ‘hair movements’ or ‘head movements’ for the woman. If not done properly this could lead to injury. We are very careful to guide students for proper movements, and we teach how to warm up and stretch to avoid injuries. Head movements are usually taught only on advanced level at our school, when the whole structure of the dance is ready to support safe head movements. Head movements must be invitational by the leader, and the leader should respect the follower if she does not wish to do them. We teach followers how to gracefully show that they don’t wish to perform certain moments. There is a wide variety of patterns that we teach without head movements, so don’t be scared about it, and come ad enjoy this fabulous dance. We customize the classes for those who join, for their wishes and needs. Brazilian Zouk is growing more apart from the faster original style Lambada (Porto Seguro style) and some people distinguish other substyles of like Soulzouk, NeoZouk and Zouk-Revolution. Whether these are truly separate styles or just individual ways of dancing is, however, still a point of debate. See you in the class! 🙂
Brasiliansk Zouk kurs Oslo