Dance is life. Life is dance. Dance is the body’s expression of the soul through movement. We believe every human being is a born dancer. Dance and music are mankind’s oldest cultural rituals. Cavewomen and caveman gathered around an open fire and praised their ancestors, the goddess, the earth, the sun, the moon and the universe. Dance as a rite to connect to the spiritual world, to nature and to foster social bonds. Some societies might have forgotten or suppressed this knowledge. Your peers, your socialization might make you believe: you cannot dance. Yes, you can! It is imprinted in your genes. Reveal it and discover the most powerful way to connect to yourself and with others.

Moreover, we dance but not alone. We dance in pairs, sometimes in trios, sometimes as a group. It is about the connection. The exchange of energies, female and male, following and leading, yin and yang, day and night, like negative and positive electric charge. We use movements to produce energy, to exchange energy, to circulate and cultivate energy. The ultimate bliss is to immerse into one; freeing our judgements, shattering our egos, two spirits one soul, being in the moment, being in the now: oneness.
It is in this moment, when we realize, we are all connected. We come from the same breed. Dance is a means to access the wisdom of life.

Connection Mantra

Here and now from the connection of the being that I am,
I agree to establish a connection with the being that you are,
connecting ours souls and allowing to share their essence.

Here and now I realize that you and I are the same,
accepting and respecting our process.

Here and now our dance connects with the universe
letting the genuine movement flow from our essence.

Here and now the absolute surrender allows us
to ignite our inner flame expressing the purest feeling.

Here and now the sound connects our dance
with the creative vibration of the universe.

Here and now we dance expressing ourselves freely.
It’s done, it’s done, it’s done.

Xandy Liberato


The History of Music & Dance
The Evolution of Styles
Modern Zouk & Zango

Dance is the movement of the universe concentrated in an individual.Isadora Duncan

The History of Music & Dance

Zouk is both a dance and music genre. Zouk music has its origin in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Zouk dance or to be precisely Brazilian Zouk (to distinguish it from the dance in the French Caribbean’s) has its roots in the Lambada famous around early 90s. The following video gives a quick overview to the evolution of Zouk and Lambada in Brazil.

For a more detailed ethno-musicological derivation of Lambada listen to this audio documentary:

And a ethno-musicologiacal derivation of Zouk listen to this audio documentary:

Nowadays, the Zouk rhythm is often used for remixes of R&B, Pop, Oriental and Electronic music. Also Zouk is very close and often interchangeably related with Kizomba from Angola and the Cape Verdean islands. Furthermore, Zouk can be and is danced to a wide range of lyrical and melodious sounds.

The Evolution of Styles

The original Lambada has gone through different phases, which led to lineages of styles. There is a temporal causality associated with these lineages, but today all lines still exist and influence one another.


  • Hip movements
  • Head movements
  • Way of counting the music (123 567)
  • Turns
  • Downbeat on 1 in the music
  • Dips
  • Guys lead the girls with no contact (visual lead)
  • Circles and changes of partners during the dance
  • Energy from hand clapping

Zouk Traditional

  • Front and back basic
  • Musicality
  • Different dynamic of timing
  • Steps with body movements
  • Extensions
  • Influences from Jazz, Modern Dance
  • Upper body movements such as contractions and body rolls
  • Use of lifts when choreographing a show


  • Variations of the basic
  • Counterbalance
  • Body torsions
  • Body movements
  • Body isolations
  • Complexity of movements
  • Influences from urban dance such as Hip-Hop as well as Modern and Contemporary Dance
  • Movement Variations from Traditional Zouk


Recreation of  Lambada in Mallorca, Spain by Mestre Gegê and his students.

  • Constant connection in counter balance
  • Stepping and weight forward on the third step
  • Different naming for the steps: first, forth, fifth
  • Strong influence from capoeira, jazz, salsa a.o.
  • Focus on safety and healthy movements
  • Use of acrobatics and lifts in social

Modern Zouk & Zango

We understand the concept of Modern Zouk as rooted in NeoZouk and Zouk Traditional, but going beyond. For us – above all – the partner connection is the essence and most important (see Philosophy). A solid technical dance foundation is a must, we hereby draw upon the above mentioned lineages and well as Contemporary and Modern Dance techniques. With “going beyond” we refer to influences from contact improvisation, somatic approaches, systemic therapy, energy work and Eastern body-mind practices. We don’t consider Modern Zouk as a style or our exclusive concept, but rather as a journey and ongoing experimentation, which we follow among other artists.

What we call Zango is a fusion of Zouk & Tango. We started this “project” at the beginning of 2017 together with Sven Elze, Lucia Kubasova, Frauke Nees and Jan Lachenmayer. It is about bringing together the best of both worlds, e.g. the freedom of the spine in Zouk (cranio-sacral) in all dimensions and the elaborated partner technique in Tango. Furthermore, we are also creating a fusion in the music sphere. We mix NeoTango with urban and lyrical sounds often played at Zouk parties. All this is work-in-progress. Join us and be part of it.



Jan LachenmayerSaba Mahdavi
Modern Zouk Collective

I am more interested in what moves people, than how they move.Pina Bausch

Jan Lachenmayer

Jan is an internationally performing dance artist and instructor. From an early age on dance was an essential part of his life. Trained in Capoeira, Brazilian Afro, Modern and Contemporary Dance, Eastern body-mind practices, systemic therapy and Brazilian Zouk.
He is co-founder and was managing director of ProZouk UG, carrying out the International Zouk Congress Berlin 2010, 2011 and 2012. He was also co-organiser of the Sensual Summer Festival Berlin 2014. Futhermore, he co-founded and chaired for several years Dança Alegria e.V. – Centre for Brazilian and Latin-American dances.

Saba Mahdavi

Saba, born in London with Persian roots, comes from a musical family. From a young age she developed her feeling and connection to music and dance.
From the age of 6 she started to play the piano, from the age of 9 to dance professionally (contemporary and jazz). As an adult she discovered and developed her passion for Zouk. She is teaching regular classes in Berlin and giving international workshops since 2017.

Modern Zouk Team

We work with a team to guarantee high quality classes, with an aim to create the highest quality of Zouk dancers in Berlin














The House of Zouk Concept
Training System
Regular Classes

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.Martha Graham

The House of Zouk Concept

The House of Zouk is a concept developed to answer the question: how to become a great social Zouk dancer?
It is a teaching and learning framework to show aspects that a student has to work on. It also shows the complexity of Zouk as a social dance. We consistently use this structure for our teachings. Learn more >>>


Training System

The following training system consists of four levels over a period of approximately two years. It is continuously reviewed, refined and adjusted by us. The House of Zouk concept functions as a structuring matrix. Training for two years, every week, and practicing everything learnt on the dance floor regularly will make the student become a good social dancer. Of course this is not the end, but just the beginning. The more you know, the more you realize how much more there is to learn.


(4 weeks)

  • Manage basic steps
  • Respect your partner and the respective roles
  • Survive on the dance floor and have fun with it


Steps & Routines I
(6 months)

  • Prerequisite: having accomplished the 4 week Introduction class, or equivalent
  • Each month will follow a specific theme to enhance your learning, including mastering zouk fundamentals, such as bonus, cambrés, hau, cruzado.

(6 months)

  • Prerequisite: either Steps & Routines I, or a minimum of 6 months in the previous Foundation II course
  • Each month will follow with technical training, in both solo and partner dance, using concepts such as release technique, suspension, elasticity as well as head motions.


(6 months)

  • For everyone with a foundation in training in Zouk
  • Themes and concepts include:
    6-point leading; 5 levels; bio-mechanics and increasing sensitivity of partner dancing.


Drop us a message if you are interested and need more information

For a flat rate price talk to me in person


19:00-20:00 STEPS & ROUTINES  II
21:00-22:00 STEPS & ROUTINES I
22:00-24:00 SOCIAL
Location: Lotusloft, Aufgang 4, Hof 4


19:15-20:15 INTRODUCTION 
Basic intro to Zouk followed by Berlin’s renown Latin party on four dance floors: Salsa, Kizomba, Bachata & Zouk
20:15-24:00 PARTY
Price: 6€ workshop incl. party
Location: Soda Club

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