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Dance ChristchurchZouk Dance Courses
Start Dates:
Zouk Dance Course Time Slot Next Start Date Free 1st Class?
Zouk 101 Fundamentals
Monday 6:15pm 30th October 2017 No
Zouk 101 Fundamentals Course
• 4 week Fast Track Course,
• Progress to a higher level practice group on another date (info provided at the end of the course)
• No Partners Needed (we rotate people)
• Learn Zouk Basics & Fundamentals: Learn Zouk & Lambada footwork & Body movement, Zouk basics, fundamentals style and technique. We will also be including Modern & Neo Zouk style influences.
• Designed for beginner Zouk dancers & anyone who has had some partner dancing experience or if you have done Zouk before. We do recommend learning other styles like Salsa first as this will help with turns & technique.
• Since Zouk is a very new dance in the world of Latin dance, its evolving like any other street dance and we encourage new developments in Zouk. There are many styles can be learnt & tried, so we recommend trying all the styles of Zouk and the course we will teach some of styles & flavours you can add.
Level:
Open Level, All levels welcome
however it's not ideal for absolute beginners of partner dancing, try beginners Salsa/Bachata first.
Teachers:
• Reuben (NZ) & Izadora (Brazil) / Amy (NZ)
Known for their teaching style in breaking down movements into components. Learn from qualified professional Latin dance teachers who know how to break down dance moves to learn at the fastest rate.

Prices:
• No free class provided, see prices below
• Salsa Latina Concession cards encouraged for saving
- Concession Card & Casual Rates $11-$15... pricing here >
• No Contracts, No joining fees, Pay-as-you-go
• N.B. No Eftpos available at Salsa Latina but avail in the Mall
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Location:
Salsa Latina Dance Centre (Studio#1)
- 12 Bath St, Christchurch, New Zealand
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What is Zouk?
Brazilian zouk is a partner dance originating from Brazil. Also known as zouk-lambada, the dance is a descendant of lambada, the music & dance style that swept over the world like a storm in the late 1980's. Brazilian zouk is characterized by the dancers’ undulating bodies and the girls' flowing hair. Depending on the style of Brazilian zouk, you can see a close connection embrace and long graceful steps, strong hip movements, body isolations and upper-body torsions, wild spins and whip-like head movements. While the dance is often called sensual, it is not sexual or erotic. It is danced by people of all ages in night clubs, dance schools and events around the world!
Like many dance styles, Brazilian zouk is ever evolving. There are a few different lines or styles of Brazilian zouk, the main three derivations at the moment (April 2015) being ‘lambazouk’, ‘traditional zouk’ and ‘modern zouk’.
Lambazouk (or zouk-lambada or Porto Seguro style) has the closest connection to lambada. Lambazouk dancers use 1-2-3 (or quick-quick-slow) rhythm and dance to a more upbeat music. The dance incorporates the accents of the music with hip movements, deep dips, whip-like head movements and fast turns. Exchanging partners mid-song, leading with only visual contact and strong positive energy are typical for lambazouk.
Traditional zouk (or Rio style zouk) is a more sensual, romantic and dramatic style of Brazilian zouk. The dancers use the slow-quick-quick rhythm, marking ‘tum’ beat in the zouk music. It is common to not use only the rhythm but also the pauses, melody and lyrics in the dance as well as utilize different dynamics in the timing. Moves such as body rolls and extensions are typical as well as movements influenced by jazz, ballet and contemporary dance.
Modern zouk (or Neo zouk) is a highly diverse group that sums up the latest variants of Brazilian zouk. This includes styles influenced by hiphop, street dance, belly dancing, contemporary dance, modern dance and salsa, among others. The timing is based on slow-quick-quick rhythm or contratempo. There can be long breaks in the footwork, with dancers staying on the spot, using only body movements, torsions and counterbalance to paint a picture of the music.

In addition and within these three styles many professional zouk dancers have created and named their own derivations of zouk, such as Flow zouk, Mzouk, Soul zouk, Neo Zouk and Vero zouk. Some of those styles that are newer among zouk can be considered to belong to the Modern zouk category, some could be considered yet another category of their own - there is a constant discussion on how and if zouk should be categorized. The basic idea though is that all styles follow the same fundamental concepts that are shared throughout Brazilian zouk. It is surely the desire of all us zouk dancers to be able to dance with one another irrespective of the ‘label’ of zouk one may fall under.
So far zouk hasn't been discovered by the large masses and is growing mostly by word of mouth, almost entirely ignored by the media. This has created a rather unique scene that is warm and friendly, welcoming all newcomers. Many zoukers (zouk dancers) actively travel around the world to meet other dancers and to practice their skills - just like we at Zouk The World! .... artcle souce >
 
5 Lies you've been told about Zouk
First off, zouk music is absolutely not from Brazil. It was born in the 1970s in the French-speaking Caribbean, beginning in Guadeloupe. It became a musical craze that swept around the world in the 1980s, thanks in large part to innovative bands like Kassav that played concerts internationally. Artists in several other countries were soon imitating and borrowing from the sounds of zouk – it is well beyond the scope of this article to estimate the impact of zouk on world music.
Zouk is also a Caribbean dance style that is, quite logically, danced to zouk music. This zouk usually features a belly to belly connection, with small steps and plenty of core movement. It is not a performance dance but a purely social one, and so has not received so much attention internationally. That being said, it continues to be danced not only in its home region but in every country to which francophone Caribbean people have emigrated, most notably in France, Canada, and the USA.
Zouk has also been used to label an entirely separate dance family that does come from Brazil, derived from their traditional dance of lambada but danced to zouk music. While in early years it was called “lambada zouk,” “zouk-lambada,” or “lambazouk,” these descriptors have started to be dropped from the scene as a new identity for the dance is created. Now people attend events simply called zouk festivals, in which lambazouk is used to describe the style of zouk that is closest to its orginial form, in contrast to the newer Rio style. Further confusion has arisen as new artists have been making all sorts of fusion with zouk, so dancers are often not dancing to true Caribbean zouk music at all, but R&B, hip-hop, electronica, and even acoustic contemporary. Braziliian zouk dancing involves larger steps, with connection opening into handhold, and includes much showier turns and styling. As this form has gained popularity internationally, huge numbers of people worldwide have come to associate this word “Zouk” solely with the Brazilian dancing.
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Dance ChristchurchFrequently Asked Questions
Can I bring a friend?
Yes you can bring as many as you like for a first free class in begginners 101 at Salsa Latina, remember only in the 1st week is a FREE class. You can bring them up to week#2 in beginners at the latest, but you will need to show them the basics to get a head start. Please ask your friends to register/enrol online to save time also.
Can I come take a look?
Feel free to come and watch any running classes, anytime they are running, we recommend to come & watch one of our higher Latin dance levels.
Do I need to bring a partner?
There's no need to, there are always plenty of people to dance with and the class is rotated regularly in class time so you get a chance to dance with different people, learn faster and experience different leading and following. However you are also welcome and encourage to bring people with you. If there is an inbalance of Male to Female ratio we can make up numbers in the following weeks with more experienced Salseros.
How much are Salsa Latina classes?
Your first (Beginners) class at Salsa Latina is FREE but only on the 1st 2 weeks of the course. We reccommend Salsa Latina concession cards.
Prices:
• Free 1st Class, in Beginners 1st 2 weeks only... details >
• Salsa Latina Concession cards encouraged for saving
- Concession Card & Casual Rates $11-$15... pricing here >
• Early Bird Special (some courses)... see details here >
• No Contracts, No joining fees, Pay-as-you-go
• N.B. No Eftpos available at Salsa Latina but avail in the Mall
Do I need to enrol?
Ideally yes, this saves time on the first day as we tend to get many people for the 1st class. If you don't enrol, yes you can turn up and do a hand written enrolment, no problem..... Enrol here >
If I'm bringing a partner do I have to swap?
You don't have-to swap, but we do very much encourage it, Salsa & Latin Dancing is a partner dance that anyone can dance with anyone, it also aids learning to swap by a huge degree. Plus its more social & fun to swap dance partners. You could always go over with your partner after class, this is an advantage to learn if you can pracitce with someone. If you really don't want to swap that is okay too, please let us know in advanced as we have some tips.
I have done some classes, do I still join beginners?
Yes, you will need to start with Beginners 101 week#1 or week#2 at the latest. Even if you have done many of these classes from others or Free Intro's which are at a very basic level, we highly recommend joining beginners even if you are at a higher level. This is because our fundamental system & shines (footwork) are packed with information and are progressive, meaning we build from one class to the next till the level builds higher. We don't teach random things like some other schools do.
What Level am I? ..where should I start?
This follows on from the previous question. It is always best to join the Beginners level group lesson as each instructor has his/her own style and teaching methods. The name beginners isn't just for beginners, It's level '1' or 101, it's also designed for people that have learnt Salsa in the past somewhere else, to learn or re-learn the style, as all Salsa & Latin Dance styles are not the same.
There are also series of shines or footwork you need to know as well, all of the fundamentals & shines you'll need to know by name to progress. If the class is too slow or easy then you can move up to the next level with some private lessons to boost you to higher levels, but its always best to talk with the instructors if you are unsure rather than miss information. With the Salsa Latina Salsa & Latin Dance Classes, there is a specific system that builds on itself, missing a level or a few classes will hold you back or drown in the deep end, so we discourage it. It would be like missing part of the foundation of a building out. So to get a compete picture we specialise in making sure you cover all the fundamentals. So make sure you complete each level before going up to the next level.
Classes to Easy or to Hard?
Private lessons can usually fix both. If to easy a private lesson can sometimes get you to the next level in one or 2 30min private lessons. This all depends on your background... Private Lessons >
What should I wear?
Dress for convenience and comfort, so you can concentrate on learning. Gym wear or casual cloths are common. Dress to impress for Salsa club nights & events.
Do I need special footwear?
For Salsa & Latin Dancing its recommend that you wear leather-soled shoes or dance shoes. Most sneakers or other shoes with rubber or spongy soles can stick to the floor during turns and spins and cause ankle and knee injuries. However in the first few classes at the beginner level, anything comfortable is ok. We do recommend dance shoes as you start to progress, or you could get some before you start. We stock dance shoes for men & women at our inhouse Salsa Latina store via "Izadora Couture" see the selection here > www.danceaddiction.co.nz
What will I learn?
Everything you need to feel comfortable on the dance floor - so you can have a great time and able to freestyle partner dance with anyone, anywhere in the world to Salsa & Latin music! The same fundamentals are used if you want to take it further into performance & competitions. We cover basic structure and techniques of dancing with and without a partner. The more you understand the fundamentals the faster you can develop your own style. You'll learn the Salsa Latina Foundation System.
Do I need to bring anything?
Because dancing is also cardio excercise, we recommend that you bring a hand-towl. We also have drinks available for purchase or bring a drink to keep your fluid intake up. Also with all partner dancing think 'more' about personal hygiene by making sure your breath is sweet and use deodorant.
How long will it take me to learn to dance well?
Everyone learns at a different rate which makes this a hard question to answer!
Every student will learn the basic steps and have two or three variations in their first class. In every lesson you will learn more and have more fun. The best way to learn is to take these group and private classes, be familiar with the music (listen to Salsa at home) and practice! This makes all the difference between a fast and slow learner. We recommend that you take classes, private lessons now and again but most importantly attend socials/parties and dance with everybody to get the best results!
Do I need to Practice?
We recommend for every 1hr learnt you should practice 2hrs-3hrs to make it stick, and to get the most out of class practicing simple things like the basics, or practicing 5mins a day will even make a huge difference. Social nights like Salsa Parties are good too, usually the start of the night there are slower songs as Salsa Latina.
Not going to Social dancing is like learning to drive but never driving on the road, social dancing is where Salsa & Latin Dancing becomes a part of you. You can also get all of your practice in one evening dancing at an event or Salsa Dance Party and have fun getting fit at the same time. Even practicing a few mins a day at home will make a huge difference. If you dont have a partner, practice your shines or footwork.
Practicas Make the most out of lessons with practice .There are time slots before or after class that are deisgned to be used. Practice makes pefect!
These pratice slots are Free for Salsa latina Students! Guides & Taxi dancers may also be available to get help if needed.
• Beginners & Improvers Practica: 15mins before all beginner & improver classes.
• Intermediate+ Practica: 30mins after Intermediate class.
Should I use Youtube to help learning?
Generally we discourage the use of youtube videos for learning as these are often misleading, incorrect, confusing and not always proper Salsa. The problem is, videos could be posted by anyone including new dancers who often have incorrect information. Good quality education isn’t put on the internet for free and is very hard for new dancers or even more experienced dancers to tell the difference in what is good quality or not. Even paid online content or DVD’s can vary massively. You need to do serious research in the teacher or dancer. Secondly there is the issue of what style to learn? These can vary massively too as Salsa has many flavours & styles because it is a Street dance. Be aware we do teach most of these as well which include Cuban, LA, NY/Mambo, Puerto Rican, Colombian, SA/Cumbia & much more. However we do post regular videos of good dancing with some education on our facebook page, so do join us there and you are welcome to email or message us with any queries.
When will I get good? ....& Beginners Hell.
"When beginners ask me that question, I can't help but smile. My usual answer is two simple words: 'IT DEPENDS'. I always suggest educating yourself about what Beginner's go through during the beginning phases of learning" more here >
Note: this article is reffering to Salsa, but the same goes for any of our partner dances.
Do I need private lessons?
If you want a head start or to jump levels, private lessons are by far the fastest way to learn. Generally, we recommend that you do both private and group classes to feel the greatest benefit. If you're new or behind in classes, you could always try taking a private lesson to catch up to the rest of the class, you can either come with your partner or as a one on one. .... more here>
Where do I go after completing a Beginners course?
Generally after Beginenrs you would progress to the Improver Level, then after 16 weeks of Improvers (201 & 202) you'd then progress to Intermediate. Another option is to repeat & perfect the beginner level, this is the most important level. Plus if you have a concession card you can carry on using this as you progress to further levels. You can also try other Latin dance styles.
Latin Dancing & International Latin, what's the difference?
Authentic Street Latin vs Ballroom style/Dance sport... what is the difference? These two types of Latin dancing are easily mixed up, one is a modern freestyle
dance that we teach, the other isn't, its a ballroom style- read more here>
Should I Learn Salsa first?
If you're not sure we do recommend to start with Salsa classes because it’s the worlds leading & most popular Latin dance & the worlds most popular partner dance in general. Information learnt in this course is transferable to other styles too. In our Salsa courses you will learn universal techniques, like hand holds, o/c positions and footwork & turning techniques that are used in all Latin dances including Bachata, Mambo, Merengue, Kizomba & Cha Cha etc. You can always learn more than one style at once.
Am I too young, old, small or big?
Latin dancing is for everyone, if you can walk you can dance. We can garantee there will be people of all shapes, sizes & ages.
Salsa dancing has people as young as 4 years old, or to a very mature age, enjoying this wonderful pastime. To see a video of an 80 year old see this here >.
To dance salsa is a natural human activity comes with many benefits, as follows.....
What is a Fast Track Course?
These courses are usually compressed courses. Stripped of some some information and focusing on the bare essentials to get more into a shorter course & progress faster.
What are the Benefits of Salsa & Latin Dancing?
salsa classes Salsa & Latin Dance classes are an easy way to meet someone & gain more friends & is one of the few hobbies that couples or friends can do together.
salsa classes Dancing is a great social asset & promotes confidence
salsa classes Salsa & Latin dancing develops co-ordination of mind, muscle & balance & Salsa is a Fun way to exercise your body that fits into a lifestyle, You will lower your risk of heart attacks and strokes.
salsa classes You'll have Fun & you will have a lower chance of being depressed or other emotional problems.
salsa classes Go anywhere in the world and Salsa & Latin dance with anyone & meet people fast ....read more here >


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