Latin Dances- Zouk


“Brazilian Zouk is a partner dance inspired by the “Lambada” and is one of the most popular dances of Brazil. This style of dance is typically danced to zouk music or other music containing the zouk beat. It uses a modified, slower, smoother, even more sensual version of the old lambada. You can dance Brazilian Zouk to any music genre with a 4/4 beat if you really wanted to. The most characteristic feature of Brazilian Zouk is the follower's upper body movements which are led out of axis by intricate leading and following techniques. Other features include body isolations, tilted turns and more recently counter-balance techniques. Brazilian Zouk is a dance with well defined basic steps and rhythmic patterns. The representation of these steps and rhythmic patterns varies depending on the substyle of Zouk. The overall plasticity of the movements and the range of musical genres it is danced to, make Brazilian Zouk a partner dance that caters to creativity and improvisation.” Wikipedia

For dancers who have had no training in Zouk, the typical tempo range is 80 to 80 beats per min. which is the upper end of the tempo range of a night club step. Find the quick slow slow rhythm in the music and focus feeling the music while in the slow quick quick. If other moves you know come great, but just being in rhythm with the music is dancing. The Zouk rhythm is very danceable and inspires creativily

Brazilian Zouk is a dance genre, not a music genre. You can dance Brazilian Zouk to anything with a 4/4 beat. Popular genres include hip hop, rap, trap, electronic, lyrical, indie, rock, pop and kizomba and zouk. Below is a Spotify playlist with some examples

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