Welcome back zoukies! 

We’ve completed 7 cycles of ‘Zouk Followers Solo Training’. 👏🏻 Over those courses we have explored open hold, close hold, turns, body movement and more. We’ve received very positive feedback, and this has been one of our most attended courses so far! Obrigado 🙏🏻

While we understand that learning those concepts and moves separately are important for your journey, we also know that it’s very helpful when you can combine them in different ways. Therefore, in this 8th cycle, Alisson Sandi & Vanessa Scott will guide you through different ways those concepts and moves can come together. 

Through this journey, you will become more confident and create better habits to prepare for when we are back into in-person classes and socials.


Every week will be inspired by essential moves and concepts for a follower’s smooth social dancing. The short term goal for this is to experience how foundations can be connected to flow in different ways. Often, foundations can be disguised and in such situations you may think: ‘I don’t know this move’... We’re here to help you recognize and get more confident with your flow in your dance.


It’s no secret that Brazilian Zouk is a beautiful yet demanding dance. Focusing on solo techniques helps to build the body awareness and muscle memory so that you can smoothly execute these movements with a partner. 

This learning group will provide you with regular times to learn and ask questions from our beloved and renowned instructors, additional opportunities to practice, and a community to share videos with and get feedback.

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


To attend this course, you should know basic timing, footwork and simple patterns for Brazilian Zouk (2+ months of classes).

The techniques not covered in this course were part of our previous Followers Solo Training Course, which is available in our Thinkific Platform. Please let us know if you want to know more.


We’ll use moves and concepts from some of our previous courses combined with this cycle’s content:

  • Turns in Place - Simple Turn/Avião

  • Linear Moves - Gostosinho/Patinha

  • Travelling Turns - YoYo/Bonus

  • Direction Changes - Abertura/Lunge

  • Lines - How to use Hands and Arms for decorations/connection


  • 1 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)


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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.