ZoukSide Down – A journey with Brazilian Zouk

A personal blog aimed at contributing, and paying homage, to the most sensual, beautiful dance of Brazil.

Teacher Demos are Not Social Dancing

Teacher demos can be great for inspiration and enjoyable to watch. They, however, should not be taken as the model for social dancing. First of all, teachers think of demos … Continue reading

December 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

You Don’t Have to Try So Hard

Ever seen something like this? On the dance floor, a man is leading a woman through a dance. The music is euphoric, and she dances beautifully, but the man stares … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Make the Most of Your Moves

Some weeks ago I took part in a great Kizomba workshop by Ronie Saleh. One of the things that resonated with me was his approach to learning. He said that … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Enjoying Dances with Beginners

Once, I mentioned to a beginner that I like to dance with beginners. Her immediate response was “Why on Earth!?” I have many answers to that. Because I like to … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Dancing with Alexander Technique

Right from the moment I embrace my partner I can feel how her body works. I can feel how she breathes and how she holds her body. Above all, I can … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

Letter to a Beginner

Dear Beginner, Congratulations! You have just decided to start dancing Brazilian Zouk, the best dance in the whole world. Here are some things you should know. 1) There is no … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Don’t Expect Great Dances

Most of us dance because we enjoy it. It is enjoyment quite unlike anything else; at the highest levels we feel profoundly connected to our partner, as one with the … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Suave Social Dancer

Etiquette is the social lubrication that allows people to interact with each other with minimal discomfort. Social dances have their own rules of etiquette, some common to all, others specific … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

About to launch a campaign to make a short movie about Zouk in Rio!

I invite you all to check the YouTube video which I made to bring awareness about the campaign I am about to launch! I want to film and talk about … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Mimic Method – Week Two – Zouk Needs You & Val Clemente

I have been going to Val Clemente‘s trainings for a few weeks. They are on Sunday mornings… Some days, it’s really tough to get up early and make it there … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment