Lambada is energetic, passionate, fun, aesthetically beautiful, and most importantly for our community, it is the ‘Parent’ of Brazilian Zouk. 

At District Zouk, we believe that it's essential to learn the fundamentals and history of what we teach. There are so many elements in Lambada that represent Brazilian zouk’s music and dance history, and exploring them helps expand our possibilities both in dancing Lambada and Brazilian Zouk.

We believe that in the future most Brazilian Zouk dancers will also know Lambada, and will be able to change dance styles as the music changes in the socials. If you don’t know what we're talking about, you should definitely do this course.


Alisson and Hermela will guide you through important principles to help Brazilian Zouk dancers learn the Lambada fundamentals. We will show and break down the principles for each role, executing them without connecting with each other, so you can clearly see the mechanics of everything. In between breakdowns, we will get together in partners to show how the principles are applied with actual leading and following after the solo exercises are complete.


This course is designed to give equal focus on both roles' feet and body work by showing and executing them separately before getting into partner-work. Lambada itself is a dance that can be danced ‘Wi-Fi’ for a big part of it since the beginning of times anyways :) 

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 equal time in the solo execution of the principles for each role. If you dance both roles, you'll have time to try the other role’s part once you figure yours out.

We are excited to offer an option of partner-work class for those who don’t have a partner. And we are positive that if that is your case, you'll benefit from it.


This course expects that you're familiar with the fundamentals of Partner Dancing (Brazilian Zouk NOT required) such as: Timing, Rhythm, Connection, Dance Etiquette, Basics in Open and Close Hold partnered dancing

As long as you've done some of the above, in Brazilian dancing or not, you'll be able to enjoy this course.


We will use movements that will help you build a strong foundations for Lambada in partner-work and Wi-Fi:

  • 6 Lambada Basics

  • Lambada's Foundations for Partner-Work

  • Diagonal and Turns

  • Soltinhos

  • Cruzado

  • Mergulho

  • Boneca and Chicote


  • 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 Instructors

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.