Zouk-Lambada (also called Lambada-Zouk or Brazilian Zouk) is a group of closely related dance styles based on or evolved from the lambada dance style and is typically danced to zouk music or other music containing the zouk beat. The name Brazilian Zouk is used to distinguish the dance from the Caribbean Zouk dance style, which is historically related to, but very different from the Lambada dance style. The two dominant styles of Zouk-Lambada are the Porto-Seguro style and the Rio-style. The word Lambazouk is often used to refer exclusively to one or the other style depending on the region. The word Lambazouk was originally used to refer to the dance style developed by Daniel and Leticia Estévez López, although they use the term M-zouk nowadays (for Mallorca-zouk) The Zouk-Lambada dancing styles are among the most popular non-ballroom dances for couples in Brazil, others being Forró, Lambada, Samba de gafieira and Salsa.
In September 2012, the dance became an official dance at the UKA because of the book 'LambaZouk - The Technique Book' written by Claudia de Vries and Patricia Rezende. In the book all different styles of the dance are mentioned, but the head name is called 'LambaZouk'. However, this name is not in any way connected to a specific style of the dance (for instance the Porto Seguro style, or the style that was once developed by Daniel and Leticia). It is merely a shortening of Lambada (the dance where all the styles are originated from) and Zouk (the music that is most danced on).
In January 2013, what could be considered the first feature documentary about Brazilian (Lamba)Zouk: 'Dance of Love', won the Special Jury Award at the California Film Awards Festival. The movie portrays four people dedicating their lives to the dance, namely Gilson Damasco, Cláudio Gomes, Shannon Hunzicker and Kwok One.
- 1 Rio-style
- 2 Porto Seguro-style
- 3 Other styles sometimes distinguished in Zouk-Lambada
- 4 Teachers and DJs, crews in the Brazilian Style Zouk scene
- 5 List of upcoming and historic Zouk dance congresses
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
Rio-style Zouk (also called Carioca Lambada meaning Rio-style Lambada), was first developed in Rio de Janeiro. It is mainly danced in Brazil (Rio and Brasilia), Australia, The Netherlands, Spain and several other European countries to a lesser extent. The dance style has also spread and continues to grow in Asia. It uses a modified, slower, smoother, even more sensual version of the lambada and is typically danced on Zouk-love style music. In the Netherlands this dance style goes under the name of zouk-love.
The Brazilian zouk dance style was first developed in the Ilha Dos Pescadores in Rio de Janeiro around the mid 90's when Lambada songs stopped being composed. Today Brazilian zouk is also danced on Latin pop, Arabic and other music styles mixed with a Zouk music beat.
Unlike salsa, which is led with the hands; Brazilian zouk is led by more parts of the body. Sometimes, in a basic sideways movement, it is the hips that move first, followed by the rest of the body, and this is part of what makes the dance so sensual. However, in various moves the dance partners are also connected by eye contact, legs, arms, shoulders, head, etc.
When practicing zouk in dance classes, teachers generally warn women to be very careful with their backs and necks, as two of the most distinctive and commented-on movements are the cambré (arching backwards to a greater or lesser degree, sometimes even below the waist) and the specific 'hair movements' or ' head movements' for the woman. If not done properly this could lead to injury.
As of today Brazilian zouk is becoming well known and apart from the faster original style Lambada (Porto Seguro style) and the latter development Brazilian zouk, some people distinguish other substyles of like Soulzouk, NeoZouk, LatinZouk, MZouk and Zouk-Revolution. Whether these are truly separate styles or just individual ways of dancing is, however, still a point of debate.
The most widespread style of Lambada-Zouk is the Porto Seguro-style and is often claimed to be the same as Lambada. Although it is a fast and energetic dance, it flows smoothly and the moves are continuous and the dancers are constantly orbiting around the partner(s).
It is mainly danced in North-East Brazil (Porto Seguro), São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Argentina, Spain, the UK, the west coast of the US, Israel, Japan & recently also in Malaysia. The Porto-Seguro style is closer to the original Lambada than the Rio Zouk style. It is characterised by:
- up-tempo music
- whip-like movements of the body
- 1,2,3="quick-quick-slow" counting
One way in which the present Porto-Seguro style differs from the original Kaoma-like Lambada style, is that the wiggling shoulder movements (also sometimes seen in Cuban-style salsa) have disappeared. Instead the shoulders are kept fixed while the hips are moving. Many new moves have been included in the modern version of this dance.
The Porto Seguro-style differs from the Zouk in the way the steps are performed on the music. To put it simple, Rio-style zouk is danced on the dominant beat (1,3,4"), while Porto Seguro-style is danced on the small beats (1,2,3"). In general the Porto Seguro-style is more suitable for fast tempo music, whereas Rio style zouk is more suitable for slow tempo music. It is also very common practice to switch fluently between these dancing styles during a single Zouk music song.
Other styles sometimes distinguished in Zouk-Lambada
As mentioned above, several new styles can be distinguished, although they are seen as simply personal styles and interpretations by some. Nevertheless, some examples are:
One version of Brazilian Zouk, called Mzouk was created in Palma (Spain), by fusion of the Brazilian Zouk and the Lambada, and has also influences of the Spanish Rumba. The technique was created by Jefferson Costa of Oliveira (also known as Gêgê), Rio de Janeiro, who is resident in Mallorca since 1991. The term Mzouk was created there. Jefferson decided to experiment on 6 dancers. They studied the adequate way of the position of the body and established adequate exercises to in make Mzouk a safe dance. After seven years the six dancers became the teachers of the new dance Mzouk. Two of the professors are Daniel and Leticia Estévez López that since 1998 are carrying out the work of diffusing the Mzouk in different environments.
In the year 2000, Jefferson Costa along with his six teachers founded the Association Mzouk of Mallorca which was registered with the Government as a cultural association with the aim to spread Mzouk by means of contests, seminars, and congresses.
Soulzouk was developed in 2005 by China a teacher from Rio, Brazil. Soulzouk, (also called "zouk freestyle" by the inventor) differs according to China from Brazilian zouk in the way it connects with the music.
The Soulzouk dance style is, just like Brazilian zouk, not only based on the pace, but also on the melody of the song. It can be danced to zouk music, but it is also taught to be danced with a variety of other musical genres, like rap or RnB, that don't have the zouk beat.
Connected with DJ Mafie Zouker from Rio de Janeiro and became extremely popular. The music is mixed and fused with trance and modern music with basic Zouk beats, the original French or Portuguese lyrics are omitted as Neo-Zouk ethuthiasts have better connection with transcendental music.
A style credited to Renato Veronezi from São Paulo, where many Brazilian zouk figures are used to dance to Hiphop and soul.
Teachers and DJs, crews in the Brazilian Style Zouk scene
|Argentina||Claudio de Oliveira, Gilson Damasco, Rominita, Gus Saborido, Oscar Migdal (osky), Chango, Mary Hodges, Pablo Schmoller, Maru Cremaschi, Carlinhos da Silva, Eddy, Sil, Seba Lozano, Leticia Loffler, Pato Borghi, Maria Cristiani, Didi Argentina, Charly Boigues|
|Australia||Tarcisio Teatini Climaco (founder) (Brisbane): Kadu Pires & Larissa Thayane, Gaspar Ribeiro, Chantel Berrell, Bebé, Angelo Salgado, Carolyn Frost & Daniel Pinto, Helen Gramotnev, Ian Corbett, Jada de Goey Teatini Climaco, Mark Waden, Tennyson Choi, (Sydney): Allan Dantas, Amit Arora, Claudio Gomes & Monica Leite , Jaime Jesus, Little Liz, Duncan Stark, Jane Gamarnik, Oliver Pineda, Vali Damaskou; (Perth): Alisson Rodrigues Sandi, Audrey Isautier, Ben Stowell; (Canberra): Karen Rutherford, William McCabe, Sabina Wojtkiewicz; (Melbourne): Izzy Washington, Minx, Alex Bryan, Ebony Berrell|
|Austria||Tania Onca, Marcelo Estilo|
|Belgium||De Oliveira Junior Cesar||Maria|
|Brazil||Jaime Aroxa (founder), Alex de Carvalho, Barbara Menéses, Bebé, Braz dos Santos & Didi dos Santos (from Kaoma fame), Bruno Movio, Carol Agatti,Cecília Rocha, Sergio Almeida e Clarissa Dias, Annik Matos e Leonardo Bruno, China e Luciana, Cláudio Gomes, David e Deywylla -Zouk Magia, Edson Nakasone e Marina Gerevini, Elaine Pereira, Érico Reis, Fernando Jorge, Luís Florião, Israel Szerman e Patica Borges, Janssen Gomes, Jefferson Dadinho e Janaína Martins, Kelson Costa, Kamacho Camacho, K-Yo e Gabi Póvoa, Lidio Freitas, Mafie Zouker, Marcelo Estilo, Max Blacksoul, Mônica Maldonado, Patricia Cruz, Patricia Rezende, Paulo Camacho (deceased), Paulinha Leal, Philip Miha, Renata Peçanha, Rodrigo Delano, Renato Veronezi, Samira Nagem.|
|Canada||TORONTO, ON: Valentin Danci (Toronto Zouk) , Junyan Boon & Danielle Nash (Mazouka Dance) , Renata Lisa (Toronto Dance Zouk) , Lucas Amaral (Brazil Dance World) , Darius Zi & Laura Vanderwoude (dZouk Productions) , Stephanie Gurnon (Go Dance Mambo) ; MONTREAL, QC: Brightlin Robert (Zouk Montreal), Jules Bertrand, Mélodie Farès & Sindali Sandoval (Interfusion Danse) , Renaud Ayotte (San Tropez) ; QUEBEC, QC: Julia-Maude et Charles (Samba-Québec), Max Rammage (Ramming the Zouk world since 2012)|
|Czech Republic||Carlos & Sofie da Silva, Fernanda Vitória|
|Denmark||Stathis Kanios |
|Finland||Freddy Marinho  & Andressa Castelhano , Soile Vedenpää|
|France||Sébastien Massaro , Stéphane Massaro , Alex Lima |
|Greece||Stathis Kanios |
|Hong Kong||Marcos Fonseca , Emily Ma (founder of RioZouk Asia) and Robson Hayashida |
|Hungary||Ronaldo Magalhaes (also in Brazil)|
|Israel||Liza Listvinsky (founder of Zouk Lambada Israel, http://www.zouklambada.co.il), Eyal Siag, Yuli Portnoy, Leon Gordin, Karin Nadler, Yuval Aviram, Michaela Aviram, Moran Ariel, Tomer Schwartz, Ishay Golinsky, Dikla Damty, Omer Dobzinsky|
|Germany||Antje Köstering, Ailton Silva (Berlin), Fernando Zouk Bremen , Kim Köbisch (Bremen), Jan Lachenmayer & Anni Kinast (Berlin) , Junior Carvalho , Ramnish Gupta , Fernando Zouk Bremen |
|Japan (Tokyo)||Aochan (Tropical NY), NECO (Japan Association of Zouk), Toko Yoshida|
|Malaysia||Jaxen Tan & Cecilia Chua |
|Netherlands||Anthony Brega , Cláudio Gomes (founder), Claudia de Vries (Pioneer)(www.brasazouk.com), Dark Lion, Bruna, Gilson Damasco, Josta O'Neill, Krullaine, Mr. Dragon, Pasty (Edelmaar Peiternelle), Vicky Derks, Ray Olymph, René Bijkerk, Willem Engel|
|Romania||Trandafirescu Tiberiu (Brazilian Zouk) |
|Russia||Marcelo Bal and Irina, Leandro Wakko Oliviér & Masha Velichkina|
|Singapore||Wendy Yee & Jean Goh (Two Left Feet) |
|Spain||Josy Borges, Zulu, Laura Espanol & Xavi Zouk (Dansabrasil), Olaya White , Gabriel Papagaio http://ritmodende.com/, Fabio Mancuso, Daniel and Leticia Estévez http://spiraldancerszouk.com/ (Mzouk Style), Jefferson Costa de Oliveira (Gegê, Mzouk style), Luciano gomes.|
|UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi)||Samantha Ho, Nayan De Abrew, Karen Cruz, Pedro Mesquita|
|UK (London & Manchester)||Berg Dias, Solange Dias, Joseph Koniak (www.ZoukLambada-uk.com), Braz dos Santos, Patricia de Cruz, Luis "Lula" Filho, Tania Onca, Marcelo Estilo, Patricia Rezende, Lindale Thompson; Gary Carr and Marisa Gulino of OndaAmor  with Przemo Bania, Gareth Evans, Lucia Kozmova, Anna Karczewska and Louisa Caddell; Sarah Gibbons and the RZF team, Mohammed Ali and Nataliya Grigorova (Brazilian Zouk London) , Ruben Pedrosa and Danielle Opocyznski, Kleber Castanheira Saude
Tina - Zouk Lambada Manchester (Founder) - FACEBOOK: Zouk Lambada Manchester
|USA||Ryan & Mea-Lynn Wong (SoCal-Zouk)  - Los Angeles, CA; Juni Shimizu (Tropical New York) - New York City; Kim Rottier (ZoukNY) - New York City; Hisa (ZoukFest NYC) -New York City,Fabiano "Nyx" Trofino and Lais Trofino (MiamiZouk) - Miami, FL; Shani Mayer (Los Angeles, CA); Kelly Rice (San Diego, CA); Adrian Atoro, Amy Rocores & Auntie Ox (Zoukalma)  - Washington, DC; Rachel Meth (ABQZouk) - Albuquerque, NM; Ian Orr & Kendra Haynes (evoZouk)  - Miami,FL,Henri Velandia( NYC & NJ) http://hotsalsahot.com/princeton-zouk/|
Zouk music crews and DJ's
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- DJ Cristian Almeida
- Dj Diego Moscardi
- Dj G-Zouk
- Bamboo Tribe Crew - Arkanjo, Low Rider,Shrek, Beto Street.
- Dark Lion (Europe/Brazil)
- Z.N.L.(Zouk Night Love) - DJ Mafie Zouker, Cronus, Allan Z, Nyx (USA). (Neozouk)
- Mr Dragon (Europe).
- DJ Pro, K.I.N.G. DJ's.
- Cariberio - Lord Feifer, Tricinha, ColdHeart.
- RioZouk - DJ T!
- DJ iET, Pedrada, Poi, DJ Melodia, Biel.
- DJ Rafa, DJ Israel Szerman, DJ Lex, DJ Roudg (Former Z.N.L. members).
- Soulzouk - DJ K-Yo Victor, Ramonzinho
- Philip Miha team - DJ Godox, DJ Alex.
- Planet Zouk - DJ Mané, DJ Edu
- DJ Paulão Zouk (Europe/Brazil)
- Zouk DJ's from the Netherlands - Zoukerro, Krullaine, ManoDJ, Shing, Dark Lion, Daan, Naushad, DJ Ki-Zo and DJ Freddy.
- DJ Allan Dantas
- DJ Amit Arora
- DJ Alisson Sandi
- DJ Bebé
- DJ Coco
- DJ Deep
- Dj Marcus Pedro
- DJ Marky Mark
- DJ Momo
- DR Zouk
- DJ Ken
- Kadu DJ
- DJ Yen Remix
- Dj Cache Money, Dj John Paulo, Dj Luis, Dj Cheeky Fly, Dj Libre, Dj Shri, Dj Mishka, DJ Amir, DJ Health
Dj Alex (Manchester)
- DJ PAPAGAIO http://www.ritmodende.com
- Dj BigZouk Spiral dancers
- Dj Zaid Zouk Spiral dancers
- DJ Baloo
- DJ Victorsuco
- DJ dZouk (Darius)www.dzouk.com
- Dj Wakko (Hard Zouk team) www.brazuka.ru
List of upcoming and historic Zouk dance congresses
- 2º Congresso Internacional de Zouk em Brasília on 17th of February 2007
- 2nd International Lambada/Zouk Congress 2006 Barcelona
- 3rd Brazilian Dance Congress 2006 Amsterdam
- First International Zouk and Lambada Congress in Rio de Janeiro on 4th of January 2008
- Lambaporto Dance Congress 2008 in Porto Seguro on 7th of January 2008
- 3rd International Lambada/Zouk Congress 2006 Barcelona
- 4th International Lambada/Zouk Congress 2009 Barcelona 30th April - 3rd May
- Salsalegría Zouk Dance Festival
- 5th International Lambada/Zouk Congress 2010 Barcelona April
- 1st International Zouk congress Prague 2010 Prague, 28th-31st January
- II International Zouk and Lambada Congress in Rio de Janeiro 7th-10th January 2010
- 2nd Annual DC Bachata & International Dance Festival 2010 19th-22nd August 2010 National Harbor, MD
- Brazil Central Zouk Lambada Congress 2010 1-3 October 2010 Brisbane Australia
- The 1st Scandinavian International Lambada/Zouk-congress in Sweden, Uppsala 17-19th June 2011
- 1st Buenos Aires Zouk Congress 2011 8-11 September 2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Brazil Central Zouk Lambada Congress 2011 30 September -2 October 2011 Brisbane Australia
- 8th International Lambada/Zouk Congress 2013 Barcelona April
- 1st International USA Zouk Congress 2013 Los Angeles May
- RioZouk Asia in Hong Kong
- New York City, Zouk Organization
- ZOUKNY~ classes, events, workshops and more
- SOULZOUK Radio, Remix, DJS, video and more
- Zouk party agenda (mainly Netherlands; now offline)
- Zouk Night Love - Neozouk remixes
- zouk school in los angeles
- Lambazouk congress in Barcelona, Spain
- Group of teachers in Barcelona, Spain
- Zouk Lambada Uk offering teacher training
- Zouk teachers in Stockholm, Sweden
- Zouk-lambada congress in Uppsala, Sweden
- Mazouka Dance Company in Toronto, Canada
- dZouk Productions in Toronto, Canada
- Toronto Zouk, Canada
- Zouk Lambada Israel by Liza Listvinsky, Tel-Aviv Israel
- Zouk Brazil by Leon Gordin, Tel-Aviv Israel
- Salsalegría Zouk Dance School in Zurich, Switzerland
- Zouk Info Zurich & Switzerland
- ZOUK Malmö , in Sweden ZOUK classes/workshops both in malmö and helsingborg - by David Kay
- Zouk Addiction, Zouk parties/workshops in Zurich, Switzerland
- Lambazouk Brazil by Bebé
- Tropical NY by Aochan in Tokyo, Japan