Here we have Arthur Santos and Sara Panero dancing Brazilian zouk. Brazilian zouk is a pretty new dance style, in the grand scheme of things, originating in Brazil in the early 1990s. It sprung from lambada, which had started to fall out of fashion by that point, and is danced to zouk music. But it is a different dance style Caribbean zouk, with different influences and different origins.
Both Arthur and Sara are seasoned professional dancers, who are accomplished in a variety of dance styles, including Brazilian zouk. Arthur started dancing at the age of 14, and can dance ballroom, Brazillian zouk, salsa, samba, bolero, tango, cha cha cha, and forro. He founded his own dance school – Arthur Dance Studio in Goiania – in 2012.
Sara has been dancing since the age of 7, first learning classical ballet, contemporary, modern, and hip hop, before moving onto salsa, bachata, kizomba, and Brazilian zouk. She co-founded the dance group Escencia.
While Arthur and Sara have arrived at Brazilain zouk through quite different routes, when they dance together you can see their talent and skill shine. Brazilian zouk is a flowing and energetic dance style, known for its distinctive head movements that you can see demonstrated in this video. Nowadays, Brazilian zouk isn’t always danced to zouk music. Instead, it can be danced to commercial pop, R&B, and reggae, making it really fun as a social dance.
From traditional Brazilian zouk, a wide range of fusions and variations have formed, such as lamba zouk, soulzouk, and neozouk. And more are being formed by the day. As it is such a new dance style, there are all sorts of directions that Brazlian zouk can be taken in, and there are so many talented choreographers out there who are doing amazing things with the dance style.
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