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Brazilian Zouk is a partner dance originating from Brazil. At first known as zouk-lambada, the dance is a descendant of lambada, and it was danced to Lambada Music. Later on it was danced to Caribbean Zouk music, from where it got the name "Zouk". (the dance style originated in Brazil and the music style to be distinguished from each other). Today (2018), Brazilian Zouk is danced to a broad set of music styles, including R'n'b, hip hop, and pop music.
Currently several styles of Brazilian Zouk have evolved. To name a few styles that are present among dance schools outside Brazil:
- Traditional Zouk (or Rio style zouk) is a more sensual, romantic and dramatic style of Brazilian zouk.
- Lamba Zouk (or Zouk lambada, or Porto Seguro style) has the closest connection to Lambada.
- Modern Zouk is a highly diverse denomination to a group of styles, other than Traditional or Lamba Zouk.
- Mzouk is the only style originated outside of Brazil, but in Mallorca, Spain parallel to the other styles.
- Soulzouk regards itself as a philosophy of dance rather than style with focus on Biomechanics
In addition and to these styles many professional zouk dancers have created and named their own derivations of Zouk, such as Flow Zouk, and Vero Zouk.