Welcome to our first 8-week followers solo training course with Alisson and Vanessa, where we focus on some of the unique followers techniques that make Brazilian Zouk such a flowy and beautiful dance. 

Head Movement (Balão Apagado), Tilted and Horizontal Axis (Frango Assado) Turns are complex and fun techniques. In this course, we have prepared a natural progression at an easy pace so you can learn the principles and build good habits with safety in mind and most importantly, no stress or injuries!


This course was taught over the course of 8 weeks, with 6 hour-long live classes and 2 pre-recorded classes. Classes are structured with a mix of breakdowns, moments to follow along, feedback, and a lot of practice.

Each week focuses on a new topic that builds on and relates to the previous one. It'll be important to keep consistent with your learning, and, when possible, review and practice the material before moving to the next week and principle.

This course explores the small details of these techniques and how you can connect with your own body to perform them with ease and confidence.


This is a solo class focused on followers technique for anyone interested in learning more about the dance, regardless of roles when dancing. 

The most comfortable and confident dancers are those who have learnt and experienced all sides of the dance. Here at District Zouk we highly recommend every dancer to learn them all!


When dancing, the more you know, the more doors you can open. Especially with social dancing which is 100% improvised by nature, the more tools you have, the more you can have fun and dance all night. There's no limit to the amount of knowledge you can gain. 

When joining this course, you'll be part of a group of students who are eager to practice, ask questions and share their own experience. Although this is a recorded course, you can still send us questions. We want to make sure we're always interacting and giving feedback, because… well, nobody likes to practice without feedback and knowing that they're on the right track!

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


When it comes to ‘upper body’ techniques in Brazilian Zouk, it's important to first make sure we have a good lower body foundation so we can build on top of it, literally. For that reason, this course is for those who have already gotten to a comfortable level with their basics through at least 6 consistent months of Brazilian Zouk classes.


During our 8 weeks together, we'll cover the following topics:

  • Spinal Unlocking Front to Back and Side to Side

  • Clockwise Balão/Circular Head Movement without timing

  • Pião Clockwise + Circular Head Movement

  • Combination these techniques with Passo Basico in the Primary Direction

  • Tilted Turn Foundations

  • Tilted Turn with Circular Head Movement

  • Horizontal Axis Foundations

  • Circular Head Movement with Tilted and Horizontal Axis Turns


  • 6 hour-long classes recorded live and 2 pre-recorded classes

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

  • Opportunities to share practice videos and ask questions

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Senior Instructor Alisson Sandi

Alisson Sandi began his dance career at the age of 15 in São Paulo, Brazil, where he was born. Over the years he trained in Brazilian, Latin and International Ballroom dancing with Jaime Arôxa, Renata Peçanha, Alex de Carvalho, Rodrigo Delano, and others. In 2007, he joined the Juan Rando Dance Academy (JRDA) in Perth, Australia, and stayed in Australia through 2019 teaching in multiple cities and around the world. Alisson has held performances and workshops in over 41 countries, and holds titles including 2x Pro World Champion, 3x Australian Pro Champion, and Winner/Finalist of various BZDC All Stars/Champions Jack and Jill Comps. He is one of the the founders and the first choreographers of the International Zouk Flash Mob. He has also been an official judge for the Brazilian Zouk Dance Council since its first competition event. Alisson has a passion for teaching and is known for his attention to detail and effective instruction in dance techniques. Recently Alisson completed the 50-hour lambada certification course with Master Braz, and is looking forward to practicing and teaching more lambada and sharing it with the dancers and community here and in Washington, DC.

Junior Instructor Vanessa Scott

Vanessa Scott found zouk in New Zealand and was drawn to its music, fluidity and circular movement. When she lived in the midwest US, she persuaded a ballroom teacher to split the cost of some instructional DVDs and learn Zouk from scratch together. In 2016, Vanessa moved to the DMV area and has been zouking as much as possible ever since. She joined the District Zouk dance team and performed with them for three years, and began teaching with District Zouk at the end of 2016. In 2017, she went to the first ever 30-day Rio Zouk Immersion Course in Brazil where she studied with top Brazilian instructors Jaime Aroxa, Renata Pecanha, Brenda Carvalho and Anderson Mendes da Rocha. Working closely with them in such an intimate setting allowed her to see the depth and different philosophies of this dance. She continued learning from some of the top international instructors, including a 40-hour one-on-one training with Xandy Liberato in Spain and a 19 hour training with William and Paloma in Singapore. In 2018, she formed her own Ladies Performance Team with District Zouk and she continued as the director and sometimes as the choreographer. In summer 2019, the District Zouk Ladies team won first place at the National Team Zouk N Play Competition under Vanessa’s direction. Vanessa has been teaching, traveling the world, and soaking up different flavors of Zouk, and is excited to share her passion and knowledge with others.