PHILOSOPHY

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.

ABOUT ZOUK


The History of Music & Dance
The Evolution of Styles

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.
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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.
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LambaZouk


  • 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

NeoZouk


  • 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

Mzouk


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


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.

ABOUT US


Jan Lachenmayer
Modern Zouk Team

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


Jan


Jan is an internationally renowned dance artist and instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience, including more than a decade in Brazilian Zouk. His expertise encompasses somatic movement practices, bodywork, contemporary and modern dance, as well as Capoeira and Brazilian solo dances. As the initiator of Zouk Berlin, co-founder of Dança Alegria e.V., and organizer of major events like the International Zouk Congress Berlin (2010-2012) and the Sensual Summer Festival (2014), Jan has been instrumental in popularizing Zouk in Berlin. Through Modern Zouk, he and his team continue to spearhead the Zouk scene in the city.

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




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Felicia


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Matu


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Isabella


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Irene


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Amelie


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Sascha


TEACHING


The House of Zouk Concept
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 >>>


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REGULAR CLASSES IN BERLIN

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

Wednesdays


SEASON III - 2024 (July - Sep)
18:30 Intermediate/Advanced Level 2 or higher
19:30 Solo & Partner Drills and Conditioning Open Level
20:00 Following & Leading Principles Open Level
21:00 Social Training + Beginners Intro
Location: Studio Tangoloft La Catedral

THURSDAYS


19:00-20:15 INTRODUCTION 
Basic intro to Zouk followed by Berlin's renown Latin party on four dance floors: Salsa, Kizomba, Bachata & Zouk
20:15-01:00 PARTY

Location: Soda Club

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