Brazilian Zouk originated in Brazil in the early 1990s and evolved from the partner dance called the Lambada. As Lambada began to lose interest, fans of the music turned to Caribbean Zouk. This transition in popularity gave rise to Brazilian Zouk.
The dance style’s name was deemed to differ it from the movements from the original Caribbean Zouk. Today, the term Zouk typically refers to this Brazilian Zouk dance style. The most unique aspect of Brazilian Zouk is the follower's upper-body movements, which are led by meticulous leading and following methods. Other techniques include tilted turns, body isolations, and counter-balance movements. It’s a dance with well-defined, yet basic, patterns and steps
Zouk (as stated above: typically referred to as Brazilian Zouk) is a sensual dance known for its expressive, fluid movements. It’s spread from its birthplace in Brazil to across the globe as a popular nightclub dance between partners.
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