Welcome to the course that will bring the flavor and the challenge of other amazing Brazilian Partner dances!


In this course, we are going to experience some footwork sequences and principles inspired by Samba de Gafieira and Brazilian Bolero. These Brazilian partner dances offer a wide variety of footwork options and possibilities that can increase your agility and, most importantly, your awareness of weight transfers.


Many of the Brazilian Zouk pros had training in all or some of these dances before or as they were learning Brazilian Zouk. It is time for you to also have access to this kind of training and enjoy the wonders of these dances. 


These classes were recorded during 4 weeks between September 21st and October 12th.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

You will have four 1 hour long classes with Gui to learn and dance footwork from Bolero and mostly Samba de Gafieira. That includes basics and some more challenging variations. We will spend part of the class following along to non-stop dancing, combining the styles and the music. Be prepared to fry your brain a little and work your feet and your body. By the last song, we will hopefully be tired, sweaty, and really happy.

IS THIS A SOLO OR A PARTNER COURSE?

This is strictly a solo class for both leaders and followers.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN?

First because this class is awesome! Second, because almost all Brazilian partner dances come from the same source, following a similar set of principles, having the same goal in mind: your feet go crazy and do all sorts of things, but your upper body and your partner feel only smoothness. Like we said earlier, most of the professional Brazilian Zouk instructors know at least one other Brazilian Partner dance really well, and there is no doubt that this knowledge will help your development.


This course will provide the challenge of learning a little bit of several dances in a short period of time, which we hope will be exciting and new for you!


Also, this learning group will provide you with regular times to dance and have fun with our instructor, additional opportunities to practice, and a community to share virtual sweat and tears of joy.

DOES IT HAVE PREREQUISITES?

This course was designed to challenge the students with more intricate footwork to develop their weight transfers and overall dexterity. Therefore, although there are no prerequisites, having some movement background will certainly be helpful.

WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM?

Each week will focus on exploring momentum from a different perspective:

  • General Principles

  • Linear Momentum

  • Circular Momentum

  • Fluidity in Body Movements

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THIS COURSE?

  • One-hour long recorded classes

  • Opportunity to send questions to our instructors

  • Stored content so videos can be accessed and reviewed later (for up to 90 days)

  • Recap Videos of the class's topics

Price

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Your Instructor

Senior Instructor

Gui Prada

Gui Prada started dancing in 2004 inspired by the movie "Shall We Dance?". He began to dive deep into dance in 2006 as a work-study trainee of the Jaime Arôxa Dance School in Rio de Janeiro. Jaime Arôxa, one of the creators of Brazilian Zouk, was the head instructor and was a mentor for the most accomplished dancers in Brazil. During his 6 years as a member of the school's team, he learned all Brazilian partner dances (Forró, Samba de Gafieira, Soltinho, Bolero and Zouk) as well as Argentine Tango. After he left the school, he continued dancing and learning from other remarkable instructors, including Fabiano Vivas, Kelly Reis, Érico Rodrigo, Guilherme Pimentel and many others. Since then he has focused his training and research on taking the best of each of these dances and applying it to the close embrace, with the purpose of conveying a sense of well-being and relaxation to dance partners. In 2016 he attended the first Zouk Retreat in Valencia, led by Xandy Liberato, Brenda Carvalho and Anderson Mendes. After that, his research on partner dancing took a new direction, as he continued working with Brenda and Anderson to seek for the application of the concepts explored at the retreat in different ways by using the references of the other Brazilian partner dances and Argentinian Tango. As a result, the importance of the basic steps and concepts became evident, since it is through them that all dances reach another level. Gui is looking forward to sharing his technique and training with students here in Washington DC to help them improve their basics, comfort and confidence on the dance floor.