Zouk: A New Dance for the New Year
A new dance has been taking Toronto by storm, and it’s here to stay. Already wildly popular in Europe and Australia, this smooth, sensual Brazilian dance evolved from the Lambada and has been making waves in dance scenes around the world ever since.
Mazouka has been a driving force in Toronto’s zouk scene since 2010, providing a rich community for new zouk lovers to learn and dance. They are kicking off the New Year with an Open House on Saturday, January 14th, at Trinity St Paul’s Church, starting with a FREE beginner zouk class at 5PM, followed by their 2012 Anniversary Party from 6-9PM.
The class is open to anyone, no partner or experience required, and the party will include free food, drinks, and surprises!
What is Brazilian Zouk?
What is Zouk like? Some might describe it as somewhere between salsa, bachata and even tango, but really it is a dance all its own. Walk onto a zouk dance floor for the first time and you’ll find powerful but flowing strides, rolling body action, and sensuous upper body movements giving rise to dramatic sweeping of the woman’s hair. And through it all, a deep partner connection that allows a couple to feel the flow of the music as one. It’s one thing to see it, but something else altogether to dance it for yourself. Here is just one glimpse of the Mazouka’s “Zouk Me Tuesdays” social:
One thing many students of Mazouka love about zouk is that they’re in on the ground floor of something amazing. Not only are they among the first in the city to start learning this sensual dance, but they’re part of a friendly and welcoming community that’s eager to share the love of zouk with newcomers.
About Mazouka Dance Company
The school’s comprehensive offerings include progressive classes that take students from the basic steps all the way up to more advanced movements; a weekly social for students to practice; intensive crash courses for dancers of other styles to dive in head first; and even weekly “Style & Technique” classes to help students develop strong technical ability over time. Check out a recent Roda de Zouk (aka “zouk rueda”) class that got everyone zouking as one group: