ZoukSide Down – A journey with Brazilian Zouk

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

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

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

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

“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 – 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

Two types of Flow in social dancing – The Creative Flow & The Symbiotic Flow

Ever felt the magic of zouk? I have been talking with some friends about the Flow we sometimes feel when dancing zouk. First, there are many ways to describe a Flow state and I … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 3 Comments