Zouk

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CLASS LEVELS

We welcome all dancers. No matter if you are a beginner or very experienced, we will facilitate your individual growth. Our classes are arranged in 5 levels, as described below.

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Beginner

Take your first Zouk steps with us. This introduction to the basic principles of Zouk we offer you as a weekly or an intensive weekend course. It is the perfect opportunity for you to experience our teaching & try out Zouk before you subscribe to one of our membership plans.

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Novice

Continue your Zouk journey with us. We train the basics of isolations as they are used in Zouk, from Chest Circles and Hip 8's to static Waves & Cambrés. This is spiced up with the next level of Step Combinations, Knots and How to Travel the dancefloor.

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Improver

Let's dive deeper into the variety of Zouk movements. Learn more about Leans, Pendulos and the basic head movements. Discover how to fuse body movements with your basic steps. We will smooth your edges and show you how to develop the magic flow of Zouk.

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INTERMEDIATE

Unravel the secrets to mastering the dynamics of Zouk. Now is the time to connect and perfect the tools and steps we have learned and focus on the quality and fluidity of our own movements. We'll improve our solo technique for balance, control and endurance.

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ADVANCED

Explore new ways to express yourself in Zouk. We'll study how to incorporate other styles, compensate for flaws and swap roles while dancing. Develop the ability to dance in the moment and use any occasion to create an enjoyable and fun dance with any partner.

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Zouk in Zurich

Zouk came to Zurich around 2006, it has since steadily grown and become an integral part of the dancing community here. Currently there are 5 active dance schools teaching Zouk, and 1-2 dancing events every week! 

The dance school DanceZouk.ch was founded by Eric Fehr in 2013. Some of the things that set DanceZouk apart are a teaching methodology focused on solid technique and a great location since 2018, 1 minute walk from Central station. Our students learn in small groups, providing a more individual learning experience.

So far Zouk hasn’t yet been discovered by the large masses and is growing mostly by word of mouth, almost entirely ignored by the media. This has created a rather unique scene that is warm and friendly, welcoming all newcomers. Many zoukers (zouk dancers) actively travel around the world to meet other dancers and to practise their skills!

Zouk's origins

Brazilian Zouk is a partner dance originating from Brazil. Also known as Zouk-Lambada, the dance is a descendant of Lambada, the music & dance style that swept over the world like a storm in the late 1980’s. But the origins are even deeper in the past, in the dance Carimbò, which developed around the 15th century out of the mix of African, Portuguese and Native American cultures and dances.

Zouk offers a wide variety of music, full-body communication and movement, a space to express all your emotions without words.

Brazilian Zouk is characterized by the dancers’ undulating bodies and the girls’ flowing hair. Depending on the style of Brazilian Zouk, you can see a close connection embrace and long graceful steps, strong hip movements, body isolations and upper-body torsions, wild spins and whip-like head movements. While the dance is often called sensual, it is not sexual nor erotic. It is danced by people of all ages in night clubs, dance schools and events around the world!

Like many dance styles, Brazilian Zouk is ever evolving. There are a few different lines or styles of Brazilian Zouk, the main four derivations at the moment (April 2015) being ‘Lambazouk’, ‘Traditional Zouk’, ‘Neo Zouk’ and ‘Mzouk’.