“THE SENSUAL LOOK OF BRAZILIAN ZOUK IS CREATED BY BODY ROLLS, HIP AND HEAD MOVEMENTS.”
Brazilian zouk evolved from a Brazilian dance called Lambada. Lambada grew fast, it was a fever especially in Brazil, however at the beginning of the 90’s it started to lose its popularity. Traditional zouk-style music came from French Caribbean around the mid-90s. It was further developed and danced by Jaime Arôxa, Adilio Porto and Renata Peçanha in Brazil’s Jaime Arôxa Dance School, creating the characteristic front and back basic step (from samba de gafieira), the opening and lateral step (from bolero), and elastic and bonus step (also called boomerang in Europe).
While salsa is led with the hands, Brazilian zouk is led by various parts of the body. Sometimes, in a basic sideways movement, it is the hips that move first, followed by the rest of the body – a sensual zouk characteristic. However, dance partners also give and receive direction through eye contact, legs, arms, shoulders, and head. K&L Dance directors, Kadu and Larissa, are recognised around the world as being among a small number of dancers leading the evolution and popularity of the Brazilian zouk dance style.
Zouk music started to become popular around the time lambada music was fading from the Brazilian dance scene. After lambada music stopped being composed, Brazilian lambada dancers used zouk music. Soon, an offshoot of zouk called zouk-lambada was born. Nowadays top 40 songs are very popular in Brazilian zouk classes and parties all over the world.