Zouk


Brazilian Zouk is a relatively young partner dance from the late 90’s/early 2000’s. Although the dance is often referred to just as “Zouk”, it should be called Brazilian Zouk to differentiate it from Zouk, which is the name of the music and dance from Guadeloupe and Martinique. Brazilian Zouk is a very dynamic dance. There is a huge range in speed, energy, type of movement, and closeness, depending on the dancers, the music, and the style being danced. It can be fast, energetic, and sharp sometimes and slow, calm, and fluid at others. Brazilian Zouk emphasizes body movement and connection between partners. Unlike salsa, bachata, and kizomba, Brazilian Zouk does not have its own music, but songs from a wide variety of music are considered “zoukable” (meaning able to dance Zouk with) including RnB, kizomba, Caribbean zouk, pop, and many more.

See TLDA's article Brazilian Zouk History (A short introduction) for more information.
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