Get ready to join us in our first ever online Intermediate Course for Head Movements, Tilted and Horizontal Axis Turns! These techniques are challenging on their own, and can be even more challenging when combined together.

We'll practice common ways that these upper body movements and turn techniques are connected together. Let’s dive in!


This course took place over the course of 8 weeks. There will be 6 hour long classes and 2 shorter pre-recorded ones with follow-along and assignments. Classes are a mix of talking, experiencing with exercises, moments to follow along, and sharing with each other.

Classes are structured with a mix of breakdowns, moments to follow along, feedback and A LOT of guided practice and feedback.

As we enter the next level, it's very important to understand how to execute, connect and flow between techniques safely. In this course, we'll not only breakdown the details for each technique, but we'll also spend a lot of time on the ways you can do this safely when social dancing, how to feel good while doing them so then you can also feel happy with the aesthetics of your movement. We strongly believe that good looks come from good feelings when it comes to dancing.

Every week was structured with sequences that help you with good habits to safely explore and combine different techniques for Followers in the Intermediate level. The focus of this course is to experiment with different ways to move your body within those topics and learn how it works best for your way of expressing those shapes and feelings in your body.


This is a solo class intended to connect with followers or 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 and here at District Zouk, we highly recommend every dancer to learn them all!

The way this course is structured allows for those who don’t have a partner to benefit as much as those who have a partner, since we will spend most of the class on the solo execution of the techniques. 


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. 

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.


To take better advantage of this course, students should have completed and practiced at least one foundation course in Head Movement, Tilted Axis Turns and Horizontal Axis Turns (Frango Assado/Rotisserie).


Learn from one of the multiple Followers Solo Training from Foundation Footwork, Fundamental Moves, Body Movement, all the way into Head Movements, Tilted and Horizontal Axis Turns!

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    Followers Solo Training: Head Movement, Tilted and Horizontal Axis Turns

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    Followers Solo Training: The Zouk Body

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    Followers Solo Training: Connecting Foundations

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In this course, we'll cover the following topics:

  • Circular Head Movement Clockwise and Counter Clockwise (Balão Apagado)

  • Travelling Head Movement (Balão Apagado)

  • Pião with Circular Head Movement (Balão Apagado)

  • Tilted Axis Turns in place

  • Travelling Tilted Axis Turns

  • Horizontal Axis Turns in Close Hold (Frango Assado/Rotisserie)

  • Travelling Horizontal Axis Turns (Propeller)

  • Avião with Horizontal Axis Turns (Mergulho/Dive)

  • Chicotes


  • 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, or the duration of your membership)

  • 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.

Senior Assistant Hermela Alemayehu

Hermela started her partner dance journey in 2016 when she got some friends together to go out salsa dancing. She immediately caught the bug and before she knew it, she found herself learning salsa and bachata and dancing the nights away. Hermela later found Brazilian Zouk in 2017 and fell in love with the connection and fluidity of movement. She immersed herself fully in this style, learning from District Zouk and other local and international instructors. She has attended various festivals and participated in training courses. She is looking forward to sharing her passion and enthusiasm with others.

Guest Assistant Monica Weng

Monica Weng is the founder of Zouklove Dance School in Melbourne - Australia. She is a passionate Brazilian Zouk instructor, and enjoys helping others learn and grow and learn techniques required to take their dancing to the next level. Her training consists in years of learning closely with Alisson Sandi, also accumulated with many hours of training with Leonardo Neves, Becky Crystal, Arthur Santos, Layssa Liebscher, Jessica Lamdon, Ryel Zenzouk and many more others. She has grown her knowledge through different flavours of zouk to help her students dance with versatility.