Testimonials

Hear what our students are saying about us!                                                                   2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011




2014


One of the best decisions I've made

I can’t think of a more welcoming and encouraging environment in which to learn dance than Mazouka. I signed up for Intro to Zouk close to a year ago with practically zero dance experience and lots of nerves and can safely say it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in recent years. :) J&D are both incredibly thoughtful and patient teachers, with a rare ability to break zouk down into accessible concepts and patterns without ever losing touch with the essential qualities that make it such a beautiful dance. The Foundations Program is really quite special in that regard. And the community is just the best - you really couldn’t ask for more warm, easygoing and encouraging people to learn dance with!! In the past year I have had the chance to experience other zouk scenes (in Europe in particular) but none has compared to what J&D have going on at Mazouka! Thanks a million Junyan and Danielle!
Lara B.
Zouk Foundations Program
Toronto, ON
December, 2014

Your favourite part of the week

Junyan and Danielle are very knowledgeable, professional, effective, encouraging, fun teachers and community organizers. They always create a warm and playful learning atmosphere and the socials and special parties they host will be your favourite part of the week. Through them, you will not only learn a most beautiful and diverse dance that allows you to connect with both yourself and others, you will also meet beautiful and diverse people and become part of a close-knit and welcoming community in the midst of downtown Toronto!
Genet Z.
Zouk Foundations Program
Foundations Hardcore Track
Toronto, ON
November, 2014

Tools to become a better dancer

An amazing dance school to learn Brazilian zouk. The classes they hold are detailed, and really help you understand the dance. I always have a blast at the socials; the music is great. The parties they hold are fantastic, I absolutely love them! Junyan and Danielle know how to build a community and nurture it. They really give you the tools to become a better dancer.
Shravan S.
Zouk Foundations Program
 Foundations Choreo Course
Toronto, ON
November, 2014

You won't be disappointed!

Danielle and Junyan are excellent instructors, who can explain and teach the subtleties of this beautiful dance with ease. Students are made to feel valued, important and as though their participation is integral to the larger zouk community. Not only does taking classes with Mazouka afford you the chance to learn this beautiful fluid, sensual dance, but it also connects you to a really wonderful community. I've been to a number of dance classes around the city and I can honestly say, the classes I've taken with Mazouka have been some of the best. Whether you're a beginner dancer or an experienced dancer, looking for a challenge, I highly recommend Mazouka! You won't be disappointed!

Stephanie C.
Zouk Foundations Program
Foundations Choreo Course
Toronto, ON
June, 2014

Great Results

I was able to feel the difference in my dancing right after the first class, I know this program is going to have great results. Thanks Mazouka!

Eddie P.
Zouk Foundations Program
Foundations Hardcore Track
Alliston, ON
March, 2014

This is the place to go!

If you want to learn zouk in a friendly and inspiring environment, this is the place to go! I started dancing at Mazouka more than three years ago and it is amazing to have seen the transformation of the zouk community that has happened over this period of time. I continue to take classes and dance at the socials as it improves my dancing as well as brings me so much joy! Junyan and Danielle are dedicated instructors that do not only explain moves but make you understand how your body works in dance. They truly invest their time and energy in growing zouk in Toronto and work hard to see their students improve. Every year since Mazouka’s “birth”, something transformative has happened that has helped the zouk community grow such as Mazouka’s own studio, North American Zouk Ex and a revitalization of their program. Thank you Junyan and Danielle for your amazing work, I am really excited to see what this year will bring!

Anna L.
Foundations Hardcore Track
Toronto, ON
February, 2014



2013

A Very Special Place

Mazouka rocks! 

For a very long time, I've wanted to dance. I'm a bit on the shy and nervous side, so I was a bit too intimidated to try. After moving to Toronto I decided it was time to bolster up my courage and try a new activity. From the first class, I was hooked. 

Junyan, the instructor for the introductory classes, is an experienced and patient teacher. He breaks down the moves into easily grasped steps. At the end of each lesson (and at weekly socials) we are given the opportunity to try out our new moves. I'm amazed that by the end of each class my repertoire of moves has expanded. To be honest, at the beginning of many classes I fall or step on myself, and think, "oh dear I'm in over my head". By the end of class, however, I'm dancing and thinking, "ok, I can do this". 

The instructors and longtime members of the school are invested and passionate about building a community, where those who simply love to dance are welcome to join irrespective of talent, or experience. This is a unique and very special place. Come check it out for yourself.

Maggie B.
Zouk Foundations Program
Toronto, ON
October, 2013

Friendly, Motivated and Patient Teachers

Mazouka is a great place to learn and dance Zouk! Danielle and Junyan are very friendly, motivated and patient teachers. Also dancing at the socials is a lot of fun and you always meet very nice, other zouk loving, people there :)

Annabel I.
Intro to Zouk Course
Germany
September, 2013



2012

In Love with Zouk

They are great teachers! So patient and kind. They will make you feel so comfortable. You will fall in love with Zouk very easily after only a few classes with them! :)

Rose S.
Zouk Foundations Program
Toronto, ON
August, 2012




2011



Instant Addiction to Zouk

Discovering zouk has been a wonderful experience!  I have never heard about this dance until two months ago when my friend invited me to drop in her zouk class.  It was an instant addiction.

I absolutely love the way zouk is taught at Mazouka - the classes are small, the instructors pay extra attention to detail and technique, everyone is friendly and encouraging. Having little previous dance experience, I was surprised by the pace of my progress.  I am definitely going to continue taking classes with them!

Maria P.
Mississauga, ON
2011

Recommending it to My Friends

My experience with Mazouka has been great! The classes progress in a smart way and I really enjoyed the way the instructors made you develop an attention to the subtleties of this dance (Zouk). I'm still taking classes with them, and even recommending it to my friends. If you dance salsa or any other partner dance, this is a great change of pace. Zouk really does improve your dancing and body awareness which benefits you once outside the class. Try it out!

Lavinia M.
Toronto, ON
2011


A Good Place to Make New Friends

Junyan and Danielle bring so many interesting concepts not only about zouk but about dancing in general. It is really interesting for beginners and also for people with other dance backgrounds (salsa, bachata, etc).  The classes are fun and the level of technical details makes it easy to learn. The environment is really nice and is a good place to make new friends. 

It's so enjoyable seeing Junyan and Danielle dancing, they have a unique style that make zouk flow really passionate and sexy.  Thank you guys for being such dedicated and talented teachers, you guys are the best !!!  

Guillermo F.
Scarborough, ON
2011


Two Thumbs Up

I have tried out different types of dances in the past, but I must admit I didn't know about zouk until a little while ago. Beautiful dance, really.

About these guys and their classes, I absolutely love them; small groups where you get so much of the instructor's attention, friendly, supportive atmosphere, everyone is extremely approachable... I am really happy with them and I will keep on signing up for their classes. Two thumbs up.

Alfonso G.
Toronto, ON
2011


Zouk Improved My Other Dances

Zouk is just awesome. I just started dancing a few months ago and the classes at Mazouka Dance are just awesome. The courses are well paced as you learn new moves the right way as the instructors stress alot on the techniques. 

Usually people start with salsa and then move on. However, I started with zouk which improved my other dances. Just do it and you'll be zouked out!!!!!!

Amer F.
Toronto, ON
2011


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