Zouk Lambada


The lambada is also called “forbidden dance”.
Since 2003 (internationally) different names are used and discussed for the dance and there are names such as: “Lambada”, “Zouk-Lambada” & “Lambada-Zouk”, “Lambazouk” or the short “Zouk”. Most of these characterizations also feature a different dance style. The evolution towards the slower (Brazilian) ‘Zouk’ makes the dance very sensual and is also characterized by deep cambrés. A viewer sees a lot of fluid movements, which are supplemented by the dancers by undulating movements with the body and swinging movements with the head (for the woman). The faster Lambada originates from Porto Seguro and is characterized by ‘chicotes’ (where it seems to the viewer that the head of the woman is thrown back) and’ bonecas’ (the head of the woman moves in a kind of ‘ three-dimensional eight ‘).

After 1994, the few remaining dancers started using the slower Zouk (love) and Kizomba to dance Lambada. Lambada was also danced on Arabic music such as Khaled all kinds of other types of music. The other music also led to an evolution in dance. This became slower and more sensual, with the result that it could no longer be characterized as Lambada and was called Zouk for the first time in the late nineties.

Since 2005 the number of dancers and dancers has increased and there has been an extensive international scene of different styles, music development and conferences. In addition to ‘Lambada’ and ‘Zouk’, more styles arise such as ‘Zouk-Revolution’ and ‘Soulzouk’. Especially in Brazil, music is remixed on a large scale by DJs to dance on, ranging from well-known R & B to new-age-like music. At conferences and by exchange, styles and technology are spread over various countries.

In 2007 a lot of ‘Brazilian Zouk’ and Lambada will be danced in Brazil, the Netherlands, Australia, England, Spain and also in the United States, Israel, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, Germany, Poland, France, Portugal and Denmark.

Zouk is beautiful to look at and even more fun to do yourself!

Practical information:

clothing: movable clothing
shoes: flat shoes,
additional: –


Beginners 1 – 2: Learn the basic step of the Brazilian zouk. The technology in the zouk is extremely important. Once wrong learned almost no longer learn. That is why from the beginning extra attention is paid to the technique, which promotes promotion to higher levels. You learn fun exercises in the basics that you could apply to everyone. Women learn to move elegantly and make standard cambrés. Men learn to lead well and to be nice to the woman.
Semi-advanced 1 – 2: Here we will go deeper into cambrés and head-movements combined with fun characters.

Advanced 1 – 2: Here all learned techniques so far are finished in relatively complicated exercises that will amaze the audience!

Advanced: Techniques such as spinning and boneca’s are discussed here, which promote dancing in countries such as England, Australia and Brazil.