ZoukSide Down – A journey with Brazilian Zouk

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

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

“Favourite Zouk Songs “Series – 2/10 – FLOW (medium)

Videos at the end from the last post Not trying to label anything, but this is my own way of describing what I feel when I listen to some songs. … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Mimic Method – Week One – Brazilian singers & Flamengo Beach

“Have you ever tried to rub your belly while patting your head?  The first time you try it, you always screw up the coordination since you don’t have enough attention … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Wanna go to Brazil, take zouk lessons, attend zouk parties… and understand what your new Brazilian friends are saying to you? Check out the revolutionary “Mimic Method”…

I have been studying Portuguese for a month and a half now. I can have conversations in writing, and, given that the speaker articulates his works, I can also have … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Summer Zouk in Rio 2015… And some ramblings on how Brazilians dance

Summer Zouk in Rio is over. After 4 hot summer nights and 3 intense days of workshops. Needless to say that my first Summer Zouk in Rio Congress, by Renata Peçanha, … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 4 Comments

“The Journey of a Dancer” Series – 10 – Out of balance when you dance? Try these tips

Being out of balance can be a choice. Like when we use counter-balance (see photo above). And this is totally fine because we mean it. However, most of the time … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

“The Journey of a Dancer” Series – 9 – Zouk VS kizomba music?

When I started dancing zouk, I remember my friend, Mikko, used to make a strong difference between kizomba and zouk music. He danced both, and I only danced zouk at … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

“The Journey of a Dancer” Series – 8 – Good Technique VS Bad Technique VS Style

I had a conversation today about the definitions of Technique and Style and what is considered good or bad technique. It led to a pretty heated discussion after which I … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Do You Know How the Way You Walk Affects the Way You Dance?

Walking is supposed to be so easy. In many dance styles, we hear the teacher tell us to just walk. In kizomba, I can’t remember the number of times, I … Continue reading

August 5, 2014 · 6 Comments