You're invited to a comprehensive learning experience.

We’re excited to announce that this August 2022 we plan to hold the first District Zouk Professional Development Week in Washington DC!

We’re inviting those who teach, lead a Brazilian Zouk dance community, or intend to build one to come to Washington DC for a whole week to develop their teaching skills, learn about curriculum building, experience the day to day of our regular classes, and work on their personal dance skills.

Between August 19th and 25th, we’ll be facilitating a comprehensive training encompassing the key elements we understand are important to those who teach or lead a Brazilian Zouk dance community.

This training week will include:

- Brazilian Zouk dance and music history, and the influence of different key people to the dance and community

- Curriculum development and how to tailor it to specific circumstances

- Basic syllabi and teaching content progression

- How and when to use certain teaching styles and methodologies

- Developing and conducting efficient warm-ups that contribute to the progression of the class

- Tailoring dance demos to every occasion

- And more!

Join us!

Fill the form and tell us more about your experience. We will get back to you with the link for the tickets if you qualify to participate.

If you can't make it in person, not a problem.

Join us online and get access to the content from anywhere!

We're also offering an online version of our Professional Development Week, which you will be able to watch live and keep the recording for 2 whole years.

Check out our schedule for the week of training

We designed this course to be divided into groups of knowledge including theory, dance, and teaching tools.

On the 19th, we will kick off our week of training by sharing more information about our time together. We will confirm the time and place closer to the event. 

Our morning lectures

We'll start every day with a theory class about aspects we find vital to be known by a Brazilian Zouk dance instructor.

Now to the dance content!

This will be most of our content and will provide a great amount of knowledge and support to your teaching.

The classes happening from 12:00 to 1:30 pm and from 3:30 to 5:00 pm are focused on explaining the dance content.

Our Basics classes will present the fundamental patterns that we consider most important to be presented to students. We'll cover ways you can teach them, the main points to focus on, the different approaches taken by different instructors around the world, and the way we teach them at District Zouk.

Take a look at what each Basics classes will cover:

We'll progress from learning the fundamental movements and mechanics of Brazilian Zouk to talking about putting together a class, thinking about how to present the content with exercises for your students. 

In a nutshell, with:

- our Dance Mechanics, Body Movements Foundations, and Basics classes you'll learn WHAT and suggestions on HOW TO TEACH;

- our Curriculum classes you'll study IN WHAT ORDER TO TEACH these fundamentals, taking into consideration different scenarios;

- our Class Planning and Teaching Methods you'll learn HOW TO PLAN AND STRUCTURE a class; and

- our Class Exercises and Feedback you'll about exercises and suggestions on how to conduct a class.

After lunch we'll get to learn and exercise some valuable teaching tools.

When structuring and conducting a class, we consider the elements below to be important tools to improve students experience and maximize their learning.

Evening Activities

In the evenings you have the option to participate in District Zouk classes, practicas and socials.

On the weekend we'll have a District Zouk social to kick off the start of the week.

Monday-Thursday we have our District Zouk classes and teams. Professional Development Week participants can join or observe some of the classes to see how our programs work. 

Who can participate?

This course is aimed at experienced dancers that already run and/or teach at local Brazilian Zouk scenes or intend to start teaching classes. 

Our goal is to provide these community leaders or soon-to-be community leaders with the tools we found important to thrive. 

This event is not intended for those who wish to learn Brazilian Zouk from scratch or learn more advanced material. It's a true event about teaching for those who want to teach and already have solid experience with Brazilian Zouk.

20 spots only.

Our maximum capacity for the first edition of the District Zouk Professional Development week.

Interested in participating?

Fill out the form to let us know a little bit more about you and your experience.

We will send you a link to the tickets if we understand you're ready to take the training.


We have different price points that will vary depending on how immersive you want your experience to be.

Full Package (50 hours)


  • Dedicated Training in the morning and afternoon as per the schedule above;
  • Opportunity to participate in District Zouk classes either as a student or as an observer and get the chance to see how we conduct our classes;
  • Participate in our team lab; and
  • District Zouk Social on August 18th.

Early bird 1 - USD 1,080.00

Early bird 2 -  USD 1,140.00

Full price - USD 1,200.00

Dedicated Training Only (30 hours) 

Early bird 1 - USD 900.00

Early bird 2 -  USD 950.00

Full price - USD 1,000.00

If you sign up with a partner you both can pay a discounted price, as below:

Full package: USD 2,160.00

Dedicated Training Only: USD 1,800.

Join us!

Fill the form and tell us more about your experience. We will get back to you with the link for the tickets if you qualify to participate.


Our Dedicated Training will take place at the address below:

1420 Prince St, Alexandria, VA

Regular classes happen at DanceSport Dupont Circle: 

2201 P St NW, Washington DC

Meet your instructors

This is the team that will be conducting the training.

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 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.

Junior Instructor Elena Rovito

Elena is a Brazilian zouk instructor, performer, and DJ, originally from California. She has a diverse background of many different arts and sports including gymnastics, parkour, ballet/jazz/modern/contemporary dance, and various partner dances. She began partner dancing in 2014, and has since competed at collegiate ballroom events, completed certifications in multiple dance courses, and taught classes all over North America - from San Francisco to Playa Del Carmen. Her preferred styles of dance are Brazilian zouk and bachata, but she also dances samba de gafieira, salsa, West Coast Swing, forró, while dabbling in many others. The nickname “Rhinestone” refers to her love for sparkly accessories, but also to her constant development of inner sparkle and inspiration. She is a passionate advocate for body positivity and acceptance, and she loves to incorporate this into her teaching so that people of all body types can learn to dance! She also blogs about body positivity, mental health, and personal growth ( In 2019, she visited DC for a weekend event and fell in love with the welcoming atmosphere and dedication of the local dancers. After a few years, she finally took the leap and moved cross-country to join the District Zouk core team! She is very excited about getting to learn alongside their phenomenal trainees and instructors and to help further grow the incredible community in DC.

Senior Instructor Ashley Kent

Ashley Kent has been dancing from an early age, including training in jazz, tap, ballet, modern, west African dance, salsa, kizomba, Brazilian zouk, and lambada. She got hooked on afro-latin partner dancing while living abroad in Ghana and Sudan. When she was introduced to Brazilian zouk in Washington DC in 2012, she fell in love with it. Ashley helped build the thriving Brazilian zouk community that exists in DC today, founding District Zouk in 2014 and offering consistent weekly classes since then. She has continued her own training via trips to Brazil, professional development programs, one-on-one training with some of the top international instructors, and cross-training in other dances. Seeing new people fall in love with Brazilian zouk and lambada and grow in their own dance journey keeps her energized. Ashley loves sharing her love for this dance, building community, encouraging people to learn both roles in partner dances, and creating explosive moments of musicality.