Eid Mubarak everyone! We are back this Sunday after the summer break… Join us for the dance classes at 8:30 pm and at 9:30 pm we are starting to train the world-wide Zouk flashmob routine for the next 2 months. This a great opportunity to quickly progress through the most important techniques and learn nice routines for social dancing. See you on Sunday at La Porte des Indes!
Zouk and Kizomba music lovers in the Middle East and around the world awaited the release of Dr. Zouk’s first album. It contains 20 of his best tracks.
You can buy this album online now via PayPal. In case you cannot setup a PayPal account in your country drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the details for a bank transfer. You will receive a link to download the full album.
Follow DR ZOUK on social media and stay up to date with his newest releases:
Since 2009 Zouk has been an integral part of all the regional dance festivals, Zouk Dubai was giving workshops and performed as couples as well as a team performance. In 2011 we organized our first 1 day event in Dubai with international Zouk artists and local dance instructors teaching Salsa, Kizomba and Tango as well. It was so successful, that in 2012 we expanded to a full-grown 3 days congress at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah. We had many international attendees mainly from Europe and Russia visiting us for a week, who besides the dancing enjoyed sightseeing and a diving trip to Musandam as well.
In 2013 we aim even higher and refined our concept, the festival will spread over an entire week and the whole UAE. The welcome and closing party on Tuesdays at Noche Bar, Hilton Capital Grand Abu Dhabi. The pre- and after-party on Wednesday and Sunday will be held at Savage Garden, Capitol Hotel in Dubai. On Thursday we will check-in at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Hotel and visit the Al Hamra Fort & Beach Resort for an amazing beach party with water sports, live BBQ cooking stations, lounge tents with shisha and dance workshops at La Chalet Beach Restaurant. After 10 pm international DJ’s will play the hottest Zouk & Latin tunes for us to dance till early morning. On Friday and Saturday there will be intensive dance workshops, each 90 minutes long, from 11 am till late afternoon. Classes will be conducted in 3 rooms parallel each dedicated to one level from beginners to advanced. We have 15 amazing international artists and DJ’s from Brazil and Europe as well as all our regional Zouk instructors and DJ’s from Oman and the UAE.
Thursday and Friday night parties will feature some amazing dance shows as well as special themes on how to dress up. This year for the first time we also offer a dedicated Salsa floor with 3 of Dubai’s best Salsa DJ’s. On Saturday evening we plan to visit a desert camp for camel riding, henna painting etc. and finish with a special Arabian themed dance night back at Hilton ballroom till the morning hours. Due to the amazing feedback from many dancers and other organizers, we have already 30% registrations from Europe and the rest of the world, and 20% from other GCC countries making it a truly international dance festival to meet new people and make new friends that share the same passion for dance.
All details at www. zouk-me.com Secure your full pass before 1st November for special price!
Zouk Dubai is organizing a major international dance festival – the 2nd Zouk & Latin Festival at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Hotel from Thursday the 22nd to Saturday the 24th of November 2012. This event features:
- The world’s best Zouk dancers Kadu & Larissa from Australia
- 20+ international instructors from Brazil, Europe, Russia and the UAE
- Another highlight will be the dance competition and shoe fashion show
- Stalls selling dance shoes, Zumba fitness wear and dance fashion
- Get discounted tickets for upcoming Latin Festivals or win a free pass
- 3 days with more than 40 dance workshops for all skill levels
- Zouk (various styles), Salsa (on 1 and on 2), Kizomba, Bachata, Zumba, Samba de Gafiera, Ragga Dance Hall, Kuduro, Belly Dance, Lifts & Tricks, Bachatango, Reggeaton, Tango Zouk & more
- 3 hours intensive Zouk course for beginners or Fast Track for Salseros
- Private classes with our international instructors upon request
- Live concert by famous R’n’B singer Aminu Idris on Thursday night
- Watch amazing professional dance shows on Thursday & Friday
- International DJ’s will heat-up the floor on 3 nights with theme parties
- We play the best Latin mix (60% Zouk/Kizomba, 40% Salsa/Bachata)
- Beach fun & games on Saturday followed by roof-top pool party at DoubleTree Hotel with AquaZumba & Brazilian Samba Jam Session
- No confusion, fantastic organization, all information online
- Don’t miss this amazing event, be part of it!
Get a 50 AED discount on the full pass by buying your ticket at any of our dance classes!! Amazing Hotel deals are still available, don’t wait too long! Check out City Hotel (1 km away from Hilton) for 220 AED per double room per night including taxes, breakfast and free WIFI! We also offer an optional Dive/Snorkeling trip to Musandam with our international guests on Monday the 26th of November, register now!
On16th September the world will dance as one, a fantastic idea spread from Perth Australia to the last corner in the world and thousands of people got involved through social media and trained a choreography that will be danced on one day in more than 95 cities and 35 countries to promote this beautiful and sensual dance. Zouk Dubai has been training and recruiting new dancers to be part of this initiative. More information on the official website: www.ifzm.org
After our very successful first Zouk & Latin Fiesta, we aim higher this year to bring you a full weekend of Zouk with the 2nd ZOUK & LATIN FESTIVAL by Zouk Dubai. This year the event till take place on the weekend from the 22-24th November 2012 at the Hilton Ras al Khaimah Hotel. We have already international Zouk instructors and DJ’s confirmed from Spain, Germany, Netherlands and Czech Republic.
Check our festival website for more info: http://zouk-me.com/
Join our Facebook event and let your friends know you are attending:
Your Zouk Dubai Team
Nayan and Samantha were invited to teach and perform at the Prague Zouk Congress at one of the world’s best Zouk events with many famous instructors attending from Brazil, Europe and Australia. Nayan and Samantha will give two workshops on Thursday and Friday and for the first time perform their new show for 2012. 10 Zoukers from Oman and Dubai will join them in Prague and there will be four crazy theme parties, so you can expect plenty of funny pictures soon! More information on the official congress website:
Prague is also a beautiful historic city and our hotels are located right in the city center in walking distance to monuments, the river and huge parks to enjoy the mild spring weather.
There will be no Zouk classes in Dubai between 28th March and 2nd of April. For all the Zoukers in the Middle East who could not make it to Prague: the next chance to see them perform is at the Abu Dhabi Salsa Festival from 26-28th of April 2012: http://abudhabi-salsafestival.com/
Celebrate with us 3 YEARS ZOUK DUBAI this Saturday, the 4th of February at Sports Tavern (Level M), Carlton Tower Hotel, Baniyas Street, Deira. We will have our regular Zouk beginners class at 8 pm and flash mob practice at 9 pm. Then we start a very special party with plenty of dancing games, fun and surprises. We will celebrate Nayan and Samantha, who work so hard to teach us this wonderful dance and spread the passion for Zouk across the entire region. Don’t miss this joyful and special occasion!
another exciting project is coming up: Zouk Dubai is invited to do a flash mob at the 21st of Feb at a prestigious event happening in Dubai. We would like to invite all of our Zouk dancers who are interested in it to participate in the Flash Mob choreography. We will use our regular intermediate classes in Dubai to start training you for the choreography from 16th January onwards. Join our event on Facebook for regular updates: http://www.facebook.com/events/217793658308746/
Join us on Mondays 9-10 pm at Latino Life in Al Ghazal Mall (50 Dhs) or on Saturdays 9-10 pm at Sports Tavern in Carlton Tower Hotel in Deira (40 Dhs per class). We will train a routine for intermediate level, we will repeat the main parts and adding new moves every session. It is a great opportunity for you to go through all the moves we have taught you so far and imagine the amount of fun we gonna have in this group.
There will be plenty of opportunities to re-perform this flash mob as there is a huge demand in the region and a fun way for us to promote Zouk all over the place. Don’t be shy, everyone can do it!
We are looking forward to dance in sync with 30 people and more!
Kwok Wan – one of the best instructors in Europe – will be in Dubai to conduct his extremely popular Master Classes. Kwok has developed a technique over the last 10 years which he calls the ”counter energy technique“. These principles give dancers the ability to synchronize, predict, or follow a partner by sheer feeling alone. During his workshops Kwok will be teaching techniques like finding your center, enhancing partner work, connection and stage presence. This is not only for Zoukers, any dancer will benefit from his sessions. Don’t miss it, his dance philosophy is inspiring many professionals around the world.
Zouk Dubai was able to get Kwok One to stop-over here on his way to Japan and offers 3 days with 2 hours workshop session each and we will have a weekend full of Zouk parties:
- Thursday 10th Nov, 9-11 pm at Latino Life Musiccenter in Al Ghazal Mall www.latinolifedubai.com/ Corner of Diyafah/Al Wasl Road, Satwa afterwards social dancing till 1 am at the same place
- Friday 11th Nov, 8-10 pm workshop at Dhow Palace Hotel, Kuwait Street, Bur Dubai www.dhowpalacedubai.com (SEA Meeting Room Level 1) afterwards Zouk & Latin Night at Queens/Quays Bar downstairs
Saturday 12th Nov, 8-10 pm workshop at Carlton Hotel, Baniyas Street, Deira www.carltontower.net at the Sports Tavern (Level 1) afterwards Zouk Party & Ladies Night in the same bar
These workshops are open to all levels from beginners to professionals, there is something in to learn for everyone >> find your center >> connect to yourself >> connect to your partner >> become a great dancer
Normal price 195 AED in collaboration with Zouk Dubai this event will be offered for a special price of 120 AED/person per workshop session (2 hours). All 3 sessions (total 6 hours) for a package price of 320 AED/person!
Make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to grow !!! “We can not become what we want to be by remaining what we are”
For registration send an email to email@example.com or go to our online shop at http://shop.zouk-dubai.com/ Workshop spaces are limited so please register in advance.
Zouk Dubai Founders Samantha & Nayan performed their latest Zouk show for the first time in Europe at the 2nd International Zouk Congress in Berlin from 2nd to 5th of June 2011 and gave a workshop as well. This was a milestone in promoting Zouk Dubai internationally as many dancers in Europe only then got to know that there is such a big Zouk community existing in Dubai.
Nayan and Sam impressed with their teaching and dancing skills and established closed ties with the main Zouk Organizers across Europe and were invited to perform at the Amsterdam Zouk Congress in August as well. We will encourage our students to get international exposure and join us at Zouk Congresses in Europe and elsewhere and in the world and in return invite the Zouk dancers from abroad to attend our upcoming Zouk Festivals in the Middle East.
The 3rd Abu Dhabi Salsa Festival from 28th to 30th of April 2011 will be held at the Luxurious Yas Island Rotana Hotel and Etoiles club at the 7 Star Emirates Palace. Three nights of spectacular dance shows and amazing dance parties. More than 20 workshops over 2 days will be held for all levels and various dance styles such as Salsa, Bachata, Samba, Cha Cha Cha and of course Zouk-Lambada. The Zouk Dubai Team will be there and offer a Zouk workshop and Sam & Nayan are going to perform a Zouk show. We offer a special rate for the full pass of 390 Dhs only to our students, please contact Sam as soon as possible as prices are going up and our contingency is limited (offer valid till 20th April). Also you need to book your hotel room, you can choose to stay in the 3 or the 4 star tower or any of the neighboring hotels. Rotana offers double rooms from 400 Dhs onwards inclusive of service charge / taxes as well as breakfast, check out the Festival Website for details. See you in there!
On Monday the 11th of October the TV crew from DubaiOne filmed our Zouk class at The Shelter for their Out & About show (Season 5 – Episode 12). The presenter Punam Verma learned her first Zouk steps and Erika and Dorsai were interviewed about their passion for dancing Zouk. The crew took plenty of shots from our beginners class and some free-style dancing, so we are very happy about the outcome. It was broadcasted at DubaiOne TV channel on Wednesday the 15th of December at 19:30 and is available for online viewing as well (Zouk is starting at 9 min into the video).
Profile: Alisson Rodrigues Sandi & Audrey Isautier
Alisson hails from Brazil, São Paulo. His arrival into Perth, Australia has blown the top off the Latin dance world in Perth. He has made himself an integral part of the Juan Rando Dance Academy as the main Brazilian dance instructor where he teaches Brazilian zouk, samba de gafieira, Argentine tango, salsa, forró and axé. Alisson is also qualified in Salsa on1 and on2, bolero, tango, soltinho, West Coast swing, cha cha and more. Having taught a variety of these styles in Brazil and performed them around the world he is a great asset to the dance studio in Perth.
After just one year of arriving in Perth he travelled and performed at the Sydney Salsa Congress 2008/2009/2010 and at the Malaysian Salsa Festival 2008/2009 along with competing at the Australian Salsa Classics 2008 as the representative from Western Australia. He has taught in Singapore and Malaysia introducing zouk into the community in 2008 and 2009, which turned out to be a highly unexpected success! Thus bringing him back to Singapore and Malaysia and other countries throughout Asia many times since to teach both zouk and introduce samba de gafieira.
2009 brought many new adventures for Alisson. He was invited to perform zouk at the Sydney Salsa Congress 2009 and to choreograph and perform a zouk item for the Australian Dance Festival 2009. His talent has taken him to the 2nd Annual International Brisbane Salsa and Brazilian Dance Congress (2009) to teach and perform with his partner and his zouk group. Alisson then spent 2 months in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand teaching, performing and choreographing. While in Singapore, Alisson choreographed the first zouk team in Singapore (for Two-Left Feet School). In 2010 Alisson was also invited to teach, perform with Audrey Isautier (from Reunion, now based in Australia) and DJ for the Brazil Central Congress 2010 which is the biggest brazilian dance congress in Australia and around.
Alisson has created Brazuka, the Brazillian wing which he heads for Juan Rando Dance Academy. He is an aspiring and ambitious man with a forward view towards making the Brazillian Rhythms a huge success everywhere he goes.
This week, Alisson Rodrigues Sandi, a Brazilian dance instructor from Brazil/Australia will be visiting Dubai to offer workshops and private lessons. Some of you may remember him from his last visit in December 2009. This year he will be joined by his partner Audrey Isautier from Reunion/Australia to offer the ladies more technique and styling. They are renowned as one of the best teachers and dancers of Zouk, so use this unique opportunity to learn from them. Click HERE to view Alisson’s profile. This is a show they did earlier this year:
Here are the details for the workshops:
1. Workshop: Open Class on Mon 8th Nov 8-10 pm
This workshop is for all levels and will cover technique as well as a variety of moves.
2. Workshop: Dips and Tricks on Thurs 11th Nov 8-10 pm
This workshop is about styling, dips and drops and is suitable for all students, who are well-grounded in their basics.
3. Wokshop: Cool Moves on Fri 12th 8-10 pm
This workshop will cover more intermediate moves and combinations and is recommended for students Level 2/3 and above.
Price: 200 AED per person per workshop.
WE OFFER A PACKAGE OF ALL 3 WORKSHOPS FOR 550 AED!!!
Booking: Advanced booking is required, because there is only limited space. We will sell tickets after our Sunday classes in Savage Garden or you may call Sam on her mobile 050-2806362 or send her an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The location of the workshops will be told to attendees at a later date (it will be on Sheikh Zayed Road).
Private classes: It is possible to book private classes with Alisson or Audrey or both of them. Please book through Sam as mentioned above.
On Wednesday 8th of September this article about our Zouk classes in Abu Dhabi was published at ABU DHABI WEEK:
What’s the deal?
Zouk is a provocative Caribbean/Brazilian dance style that originated in the 1980s and has since scorched its way across the globe. It’s the ever evolving anti-ballroom couple’s dance, not as popular as Salsa, but certainly a strong contender. In fact, one of the few things that Zouk Lambada (the Brazilian form we’ve chosen to explore) has in common with Salsa is the 1-3-4 time signature that comes with it, so don’t make the mistake of mentioning Salsa in instructor Sam’s class. “Salsa moves are strictly forbidden,” she warns jokingly.
Zouk means ‘party’ in its native Antillean French Creole, and with all the saucy body ripples and drops we learnt, we surely see the link. Joined at the hip, the only thing we and our partner were missing was the steamy setting of a tiny club in Rio.
That, and the beat. Zouk is hard – a little harder for men, as they lead your movements with the palm of their right hand resting on your back. Women simply maintain a ‘good Latin look’ while fitting the frame of their partner’s arm and following his lead. That is, until diamond formations and 90 degree turns figure into the already tricky equation.
After a few toe-stepping trials, we learnt the hard – but rewarding – way that focusing on your partner’s chest area instead of your feet makes a world (or whirl) of difference. By class end, we were queuing up to take home a sample of Sam’s modern Zouk playlist.
And why not?
You end up in quite a few intimate situations that for some may be a little too close for comfort, especially if paired with a stranger. Eventually, though, muscles and nerves surrender as the music flows through you.
What? Zouk Lambada
Where? One to One Hotel Fitness Centre
When: Thursdays from 8.30pm
Cost: AED 35 for members, AED 40 otherwise
Why? For its addictive beats and passionate grooves
Why not? It may be too hot to handle for some. Walk in with re-inforcements (a partner you’re comfortable with)
We say: Prepare to get your body rocked
Contact: 050 280 6362
On 2nd of August 2010 a short article about our Zouk classes at The Shelter were published at 7 DAYS newspaper under Metrolife – Going out :
Well, the article was published without us knowing in advance… so we don’t know where they took these pictures from and who told them that it is “typically danced to Arabic or RnB music” :-) But what to expect from 7 days newspaper anyway…
Zouk instructor Kwok Wan from the Netherlands is visiting Dubai from Sunday the 2nd of May till Wednesday the 5th of May. He will conduct our regular Sunday class with Sam for the normal price of 40 Dhs and focus on the partner work and his unique counter technique of resistance and balance. You can see some of his work on youtube.com:
There will be an additional workshop on Tuesday the 4th of May in the conference hall at Capitol Hotel (above Savage Garden) from 9 pm to 10:30 pm for a fee of 75 Dhs per person. Take this opportunity to improve your leading and following and learn from an international instructor. We are looking forward to see you all at the workshop and we are thanking Kwok for dedicating his holidays to foster Zouk in Dubai.
The 2nd Abu Dhabi Salsa Festival 2010 will be held at the Luxurious Yas Island Rotana Hotel and Etoiles club at the 7 Star Emirates Palace from Thursday the 22nd till Saturday the 24th of April 2010.
3 nights of spectacular dance shows and massive dance parties. More than 20 workshops over 2 days will be held for all levels, dancers and non dancers are welcome to watch, learn and dance.
The Zouk Highlights of this venue:
- Nayan & Karen will perform a Zouk show on Thursday night in Yas Island Rotana Hotel.
- On Friday morning from 10:15 am to 11:15 am Nayan and Sam will conduct a Zouk Workshop in Room 1 at Pearl Ballroom.
- Sam & Dorsai will perform a Zouk show on Saturday night at Etoilles, Emirates Palace.
Dear Abu Dhabi,
here we come get ready :)
Our visiting Brazilian artist Adilio Porto will conduct a Zouk Lambada workshop at Cinnabar, Hilton Hotel, Abu Dhabi this coming Saturday from 8-10 pm following which there will be a Zouk & Salsa night till midnight.
Adilio has dedicated his life for Zouk Lambada and he played a huge role in creating this beautiful art.
See the master in action http://www.facebook.com/l/41b0a;www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5gutNZjQ5c
It will cost you just 60 Dhs for 2 hours. This is a promotional price as the whole idea being introducing this dance and creating a Zouk community in Abu Dhabi.We hope to see you there.
Saturday, 13 March 2010
20:00 – 22:00
Cinnabar, Hilton Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Zouk Dance Abu Dhabi & Latin Dance Abu Dhabi (LDAD)