07 Mar

Brazilian Zouk

You've probably heard of a dance called Lambada from the 80's. Brazilian Zouk actually evolved from Lambada, only much more stylized and elegant!

Zouk-Lambada is a group of closely related dance styles based on or evolved from the lambada dance style. Zouk today is the evolution of Lambada and it is super smooth, romantic, hypnotic with long, fluent, wave-like movements and surprisingly easy to learn! Unlike the fast paced, energetic and explosive LambaZouk. Brazilian Zouk or Zouk-Lambada is used to distinguish the dance from the Caribbean Zouk dance style, which is historically related to, but very different from the Brazilian Zouk-Lambada dance style.


Zouk was originally called "Zouk Love" due to it being danced to a much slower paced music, therefor could display a more sensual movement.

One of the most amazing things with Zouk is the music! Todays Zouk music is mellow and beautiful, with an irresistible dance beat and a strong bass line. The majority of Zouk dancers today dance to the music you hear on the radio, many of songs is RnB music that have either been re-mixed and put a Zouk beat in them or naturally have the correct pace and rhythm to dance Brazilian Zouk. When the dance is put together with the music, it will mesmerize you!

Zouk Timetable
Next course Where Cost Register online

Zouk Beginners (L1)
Wed 07 Jun 7:00pm
w/ Studio 7

Candy Lane Studios
44 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden

8wk Beginners
Pre Registration $120/person
OR $145 @ door

  Zouk Beg PLUS (L2)
Thu 08 Jun 7:30pm
w/ Studio 7

Candy Lane Studios
44 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden

8wk Beg PLUS
Pre Registration $120/person
OR $145 @ door

Zouk Improvers (L3)
Thu 08 Jun 8:30pm
w/ Studio 7
Candy Lane Studios
44 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden

8wk Improvers
Pre Registration $120/person
OR $145 @ door



What makes Zouk different to other styles

Unlike salsa, bachata and other Latin dance styles, which are primarily led with the hands, Brazilian zouk is lead by more parts of the body. Sometimes, in a basic sideways movement, it is the hips that move first, followed by the rest of the body which gives the dance its super smooth, romantic, hypnotic, long and fluent wave like movement and in return displaying the sensuality of the dance. However, in various moves the dancers are also connected by eye contact, legs, arms, shoulders, head and more.

Since it's introduction a few years ago, it has quickly won the heart of Latin dancers across Brazil, Australia, USA, Asia and of course Europe!

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Distinctive Moves

  • Basic step going back and front (from Samba de Gafieira)
  • Lateral (from Bolero), where the leaders open up to create a "corridor" for the ladies. 
  • Bonus (aka Boomerang), where the follower is lead to cross the leader with a simple turn, then return to the leader to go back to the basic step.
  • Cambre is a back arch or dip. Sometimes a cambre can go below the waistline.
  • Boneca is a very characteristic move where the ladies are lead to do a round head movement.

Zouk fast facts

  • There are three dominant lines of Brazilian zouk; Traditional Zouk, LambaZouk, and Zouk with different styles.
  • Zouk is also called Brazilian Zouk or Zouk-Lambada to distinguish from the Caribbean Zouk which is very different.
  • In the mid 1990's Lambada music stopped being produced quite abruptly. Lambada dancers found the slower zouk music to dance to and it had an impact on the fast Lambada movements. Soon the new Brazilian Zouk dance style emerged.
  • LambaZouk is the style closest related to the original Lambada.
  • Traditional Zouk (aka today as Rio Zouk) draws influences from contemporary and modern dance.

Did you know? - Traditional Brazilian zouk style was first developed in Ilha Dos Pescadores in Rio de Janeiro around the mid 90’s when lambada songs stopped being composed. It was developed and first taught by Adilio Porto and Renata Peçanha in Brazil’s most famous dance school for Brazilian partner dances, Jaime Arôxa Dance School. It was danced to slower music of the Caribbean zouk, thus making it easier to learn and vary the steps, moves, sequences and combinations. This was the birth of todays Brazilian Zouk.



About Latinissimo

Latinissimo was first founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 specializing in street Latin dance. 2005 Latinissimo relocated to Auckland, New Zealand.

Directed by World Salsa Champions Giancarlo & Masha, Latinissimo as a school has performed, taught and competed across 4 continents, are multiple international and national champions and have produced two World Amateur Salsa Champions.

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