We're happy to present an exciting option for online learning where we explore a few ways to perceive, interpret, enjoy, and dance Brazilian Zouk to a variety of types of music. 


This special course with Gui Prada explores some of the infinite ways you can listen and dance to the songs played at a Brazilian Zouk Social. 


Note:

  • this is not a partnerwork class; and

  • this class is not role specific: leaders and followers can benefit.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It's pretty simple. This course is divided into 4 modules. Each module has 1 class around 30 minutes long. Each class tackles a different topic in musicality, with exercises for you to put the content into practice.


This course also provides assignments for each module based on the main topics to challenge you to keep engaged and working on your musicality.

DO I NEED A PARTNER?

Not at all. This is not a partner course, but rather a solo training on the aspects of musicality Gui would like to share with you. Some of the exercises may lean towards Leaders, others towards Followers, but in general, all content is valuable and applicable for both roles.

WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM?

We will cover the following topics in our studies of Musicality:

  • Dancing to the melody: Voice and Instruments

  • Musicality with Body Movements

  • Understanding and Exploring the Vibe of the Song

  • Hitting the One: Sharp vs Smooth

WHY SHOULD I JOIN?

The exploration of musicality beyond the beat is not something we have the opportunity to explore or talk about very often. Sometimes we don’t even think about some of the possibilities there are when we explore melody, for example. This is a course that offers the opportunity to dive deeper into the songs we dance to, seeing beyond the beats and counts to get its vibe, nuances, and dance to all of them!

PREREQUISITES

This course doesn’t have prerequisites. However, knowing the basics would increase your learning experience, since we'll use some of the fundamentals to explore the music’s melody.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THIS COURSE?

  • 4 recorded classes with exercises

  • Assignments to orient your practice

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

  • Opportunities to submit videos or questions for feedback

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Instructors

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.