Perfection comes with repetition. Lots of it.


Brazilian Zouk is a partner dance that is built upon a couple of simple and deceptively complex fundamentals. The more we learn and study them, the more we see their beauty and range of possibilities. Most importantly, the more we do them, the more confidence we acquire in their execution and the easier it becomes to do more challenging movements.


In this new series with Gui, we will come together for an hour-long follow along class, dancing, perfecting and consciously executing our fundamentals to different speeds, sizes, dynamics and music styles. Our goal is to have you learn and absorb the movements through constant repetition and feedback. 


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



HOW DOES IT WORK?

For 1 hour, you will join Gui to dance together non-stop. We’ll use the fundamentals listed on the curriculum section below and repeat them continuously to get them to become more and more natural to us. Be prepared to fry your brain a little and work your feet and your body. 

We will dance to different music styles at different speeds so we can train our bodies how to execute the movements slow, fast, and with variations. We are really excited about it and can’t wait to have you join us.

The classes were recorded between November 2nd and 23rd.

IS THIS A SOLO OR A PARTNER COURSE? FOR LEADERS OR FOLLOWERS?

This is strictly a solo class for both leaders and followers.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN?

This course will give you the opportunity to drill the fundamentals under the supervision of an instructor. This kind of practice is followed by most advanced dancers of all styles, and can help people of all levels to improve your flow and confidence. We will get to dance together, give feedback and have a good time while learning.


Also, this learning group will provide you with regular times to dance and have fun with our instructor, additional opportunities to practice, and a community to share virtual sweat and tears of joy.


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.

PREREQUISITES

This course does not have prerequisites to join, however, in order to get the most out of it, knowledge of the fundamentals will be very helpful (see curriculum section below). 


We designed this course not only for those who just started learning Brazilian Zouk, but also for those who are eager to improve their fundamentals and dance them until the foundations become part of their bodies. 

WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM?

Our follow along classes will focus on practicing the following fundamentals:

  • Basics - in place, linear (Passso Básico) and side

  • Lunges

  • Simple Turn

  • Viradinha

  • Lateral (for leaders and followers)

  • Body Movements (Isolations and Undulations))

  • Traveling Turns

  • Direction Changes

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THIS COURSE?

  • One-hour long recorded classes

  • Opportunity to make questions to our instructors

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

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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.