In dancing, repetition and drilling are the keys to make movements become more and more organic to our bodies. Since most of us still don’t have a partner to practice with, we are offering another opportunity for solo training to improve in Brazilian Zouk. In this course with Gui Prada, we will go into details of some of the fundamentals, drilling their common ways of execution and some other possibilities and variations.

This will be a course for those who like to repeat, repeat and repeat again. So, if that is your jam, join us!


Each week we work on a different set of drills related to a particular fundamental, studying its basic way of execution and other possibilities, both as a leader and as a follower. This course is one more offering of our Technique & Drills series. If you haven’t done the previous courses and are interested in them, you can find them all by clicking on the button below. This course was recorded live between September 24th and October 15th, 2020.


This is a solo course for followers and leaders who want to improve their basic technique and learn and drill variations of these basic techniques.


One of the things we strive for here at District Zouk is to help our students develop a dance that is effortless and fluid. Developing your own momentum is a big step in this direction and will help you improve your leading and following greatly by also developing your sensitivity to different dynamics, speeds and the changes that occur when we change directions or create a torsion for example.

This learning group will provide you with regular times to learn, additional opportunities to practice, and a community of dance geeks to share videos with and get feedback.

This is also a way you can support our instructors, who teach dance as their full-time occupation, and they can support you during this time.


To take better advantage of this course, students should have experience with Brazilian Zouk, in particular the fundamentals listed in the curriculum section below.


Each week will focus on a different fundamental, drilling its basic version and variations:

  • Lateral

  • Viradinha

  • Bonus

  • Soltinho


  • One-hour long recorded classes

  • Recap Videos of the classes' topics

  • Opportunity to send questions to our instructors

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


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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.