This is the schedule of our third full 8-week cycle of 2022.
*Basics 1 will be starting at a later date, on July 26th, and finishing on September 13th.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR NEW CURRICULUM BELOW.
All classes will be held at DanceSport Dupont Circle
2201 P St. NW (GPS 1520 22nd St. NW)
The Church of the Pilgrims Fellowship Hall
(Entrance from the south side via stairs going down)
Washington DC 20037
- 5% discount if you enroll in two courses (applied automatically)
- 10% discount if you enroll in three courses (applied automatically)
- 30% discount if you retake a course you've taken before (with code RETAKE)
- If you have credits from previous classes, contact us for a code to use your credit to sign up.
Proof of vaccination required (must be two weeks from last shot). If you haven’t already verified your vaccination status at one of our events, we’ll ask you to show your vaccine card or a photo at your first class.
Hand sanitizer will be provided.
Our curriculum is a breathing and ever-changing organism. After years of teaching continuous progressive classes, organizing socials, workshops, and observing social dance dynamics in our community, we adapt and adjust the ways, the speed, and the order in which we teach Brazilian Zouk fundamentals.
Our current curriculum is the result of one more improvement, aiming to provide the students with the tools to connect all the Brazilian Zouk pieces.
Our main goal at District Zouk is to provide the tools to help you become a comfortable and versatile social dancer. That includes the techniques behind creating a comfortable dance both as a leader and a follower; solid foundations; musicality; use of the space and floorcraft; social dance dynamics, etiquette, and safety.
We built our curriculum to develop your social dancing skills beyond the knowledge of the movements, providing time to dance and practice in class with the guidance of our instructors and assistants. The curriculum is also built to allow the students to receive personalized feedback from the instructors and assistants.
Our curriculum presents 24 fundamental patterns in Brazilian Zouk, along with their direction changes, lead/follow principles, and other body movements. We divided this content into six progressive courses of 8 weeks each:
Basics 1, 2
Fundamentals 1 , 2a, 2b
Social Dancing Skills*
Head Movements 1
Each of these courses covers a set of fundamental patterns, floorcraft, body movements, musicality, lead and follow principles, plus social dance dynamics, etiquette, and safety. We’ve incorporated these other important elements into the curriculum to provide a complete learning experience.
*Social Dance Skills is an ongoing course with rotating topics at each new cycle.
** Although in order to do the Head Movement courses you have to complete a Social Dance Skills course and be approved by the instructors, being in the Head Movement courses DON'T mean that Social Dance Skills are at a level below.
As seen in the picture above, one must:
- complete all Basics Courses in order to progress to the Fundamentals Courses; and
- complete all Fundamentals Courses in order to progress to the Social Dance Courses.
- complete at least one Social Dance Skills course in order to progress to Head Movements.
The progression between groups of courses is NOT automatic. Students will need the approval of the instructors through an assessment to be done in class or on specific scheduled dates.
For the Head Movements Courses, the assessment is mandatory. Assessment will only be waived in case ALL instructors are in agreement that the student is ready for the course. Read more about it and on its prerequisites below.
The Fundamentals 2a and 2b courses can be taken in any order or at the same time, provided you've completed Fundamentals 1.
Each course is 8 weeks long, with one 1.5-hour class per week. Out of these 8 weeks, 6 are dedicated to teaching new content and 2 are dedicated to review, practice, feedback, and discussions about connection, music, social dance dynamics, etiquette, safety, and other exercises and challenges that will bring all the course’s content together.
Once you've completed Fundamentals 2a and 2b, you'll have learned the 24 fundamentals.
We strongly encourage you to take more than one course at the same time if that's possible for you. The different courses are progressive and complementary. So, for example, if you’re placed to do Fundamentals 1, you can reinforce your knowledge of any set of fundamentals by concurrently taking any of the previous Basics courses. If you take more than one course at a time, you’ll receive a discount on each course.
Fundamentals 2a and 2b can be taken at any order or at the same time. After you've completed Fundamentals 1, you can take Fundamentals 2a and/or Fundamentals 2b and boost your learning!
If you’re brand new to Brazilian Zouk, start at Basics 1.
If you have done some amount of Brazilian Zouk and know some of the Basics, join us at Basics 2.
If you've been dancing Brazilian Zouk already let us know so we can set up an individual assessment for you. With the assessment, we'll be able to verify what course(s) will work best for you.
Basic Steps (In Place, Side, and Linear)
Connection and lead and follow principles in Close and Open Embrace
Viradinha with direction changes
Yo-yo direction changes
Variations of Fundamentals
Footwork and floorcraft
Frame and elasticity
Energy management in transitions
Lead and follow principle of question and answer
*Social Dancing Skills is an ongoing course that is offered every cycle.
The content of each new cycle of Social Dancing Skills is different from the previous one, with different variations, concepts, and exercises.
There will be some repetition over the course of time, having in mind reviewing and polishing the fundamentals.
In-depth review of the basics
Traveling Basics off Axis
The Head Movements 1 course doesn't focus solely on head movements.
In this course, leaders and followers are going to learn the tools and techniques behind leading and following comfortable head movements.
Our priority is safety and comfort, and with that in mind, we'll first make sure that the basic fundamental patterns are solid in all of the students. Therefore, in order to join the course, the student MUST KNOW AND EXECUTE WITH EASE, at least:
- Basic on the spot and Pião
- Linear Basic and its direction changes
- Viradinha - from Linear Basic, from Basic on the Spot, and from Pião
- Simple Turn
- Body Movements - Sways and Raul
In case any of the above fundamentals and transitions are not executed with ease, meaning without struggles and hiccups, the student will not be able to attend the Head Movements 1 course.