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Foundations Program Level 1                                                        NEXT STEP: Foundations Program Level 2

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Intro

Basics


Level 1

Modules

Thread

Bonus

Yo-Yo

Circular Soltinho

Session 2016

Foundations Level 1

Wednesday 8PM

Foundations Level 1

Thursday 8PM

Jan 11 - Feb 5

Thread

Bonus

Feb 8 - Mar 4

Yoyo

Circular Soltinho

Mar 7 - Apr 1

Bonus

Thread

Apr 4 - Apr 29

Circular Soltinho

Yoyo

May 2 - Jun 3

Thread

Bonus

Jun 6 - Jul 1

Yoyo

Circular Soltinho

Jul 4 - Jul 29

Bonus

Thread

Aug 3 - Aug 28

Circular Soltinho

Yoyo

Aug 29 - Sep 30

Thread

Bonus

Oct 3 - Oct 28

Yoyo

Circular Soltinho

Oct 31 - Nov 25

Bonus

Thread

Nov 28 - Dec 23

Circular Soltinho

Yoyo

2016 Session Schedule



What movements are covered in Level 1?

The list of movements covered in Intro and Level 1 are shown below along with a flow diagram showing the how we will connect this movements in each module.

         

① Closed Position Traveling Movement

② Transitional Mvmt (Closed-to-Open)

③ Open Position Traveling Movement

④ Transitional Mvmt (Open-to-Closed)

Basic

Slingshot

Corridor

Side Turn / Basic Turn


Rebound

Yo-Yo

Forward Turn

Legend


Bonus


Intro


Circular Soltinho


Level 1


Thread




What are routines (aka combinations or patterns)?

Routines are a sequence of movements. We group movements into routines that are commonly used on the dancefloor when social dancing. In each module you will learn two of the Basic Routines and one Movement-Specific Routine.

Movement(s)

Basic Routines

Slingshot / ST

Basic-Basic <> Slingshot-Corridor <> ST-Basic

Rebound / ST

Basic-Basic <> Rebound-Corridor <> ST-Basic

Slingshot / FT

Basic-Basic <> Slingshot-Corridor <> FT-Basic

Rebound / FT

Basic-Basic <> Rebound-Corridor <> FT-Basic

Movement(s)

Movement-Specific Routines

Thread

Basic-Basic <> Rebound-Corridor <> ST-Thread <> Corridor-Corridor <> ST-Basic

Circular Soltinho

Basic-Basic <> Rebound-Corridor <> CS-Corridor <> CS-Corridor <> ST-Basic

Yoyo

Basic-Basic <> Slingshot-Corridor <> FT-Yoyo <> Rebound-Corridor <> ST-Basic

Bonus

Basic-Basic <> Slingshot-Corridor <> Bonus-FT <> Rebound-Corridor <> ST-Basic

Our community doing a Brazilian Zouk flashmob at Dundas Square



How would I go about stringing together routines (i.e when I’m social dancing)?

Are there any resources?

There are lots of resources, from videos to music that you can find at www.mazouka.com/student-resources.


Do I require any conditioning to be able to dance Zouk safely?

Yes of course! Any sport, martial art, dance or movement art form requires body conditioning. Calisthenic exercises are the best. Yoga, pilates, and body weight training are all wonderful ways to keep your body strong and lithe.


When can I move on to Level 2?

We suggest moving on when you can comfortably complete the routines in Level 1. Ideally, you would be comfortable enough with the routines that you can remember and execute them easily with a partner and on your own (solo). When you feel you are ready, arrange an assessment with your instructor!


Can I move on without an assessment?

Yes you can! If you are in need of more stimulating material, then you are welcome to take level 1 and 2 simultaneously. However, a full transition to level 2 requires the completion of an assessment.


What do I need to know for the assessment?

  1. Select one or two songs of your choice from one of the list of Level 1 songs on our music page (www.mazouka.com/music).

  2. One dance to a song of your choice where you will perform the routines with a partner combining all the Level 1 routines while adhering to the technical principles.

  3. One dance to a song of your choice where you will perform the routines without a partner to demonstrate complete understanding of the principles.

You will be assessed based on the list of technical concepts below.



Follower’s Technique

Leader’s Technique

Foot

Activated, placement in alignment with frame, creating clear connection to the floor before moving on, ball-heel transition always

Activated, placement in alignment with frame, creating clear connection to the floor before moving on

Frame

Steady, level, open, clear orientation and shape, supported by the lats

Steady, level, open, clear orientation and shape, supported by the lats

Hips

In alignment with the Frame, clearly position of hips, obliques supporting each hip swing

In alignment with the Frame, clear position of hips, obliques supporting each hip swing

Hands

Steady, level, open / alive, clear orientation and shape, moving in coordination with your movement

Steady, level, open / alive, clear orientation and shape, moving in coordination with the Follower’s movement

Head

Level, open, dictating the orientation of the Frame

Level, open, following the orientation of the Frame

Hair

Following the Frame’s movement, clear position of the hair

N/A

Rhythm

Following the 1 345 78 count, maintaining the phrasing “and, slow, quick”

Following the 1 345 78 count, transitioning after two bars of 8, maintaining the phrasing “and, slow, quick”

Connection

Clear transitions during connection changes, connecting comfortably

Clear transitions during connection changes, connecting comfortably

Breath

Breathing used to regulate movement speed, breathing used to coordinate movement

Breathing used to regulate movement speed, breathing used to coordinate movement


Sample Assessment:

Diana

(Solo)


What we’d like to see:


What we really liked seeing:

Foot

Activated during Basic steps

Foot placed consistently in alignment with the Frame throughout the dance

Frame

Frame shape preserved during Bonus

Frame supported by the lats during the Basic, Corridor and Basic Turns

Hips

Obliques being used to support each hip swing

Hips in alignment with the Frame throughout the dance

Hands

Activated when in contact with partner’s hands, moving in coordination with your movement during Lateral

Hands steady, beautiful shapes during the Yoyo

Head

Kept level during the Side Turn

Head orientation excellent for the Spiral Turn

Hair

Hair position more clearly indicated


Rhythm


Maintaining the phrasing “and, slow, quick”

Connection

Clear transitions between during connection changes

Very comfortable connections

Breath

Breathing used to regulate movement speed,



Sample Self-testing questions:

  1. Please list all the Open Position Traveling Movements below.

  2. What large muscle group do we want supporting our frame?

  3. When the hands are “activated”, will it feel like you are being “pulled towards” your partner or “kept away”?

  4. Please draw the Level 1 flow diagram.


I’ve passed the assessment now what?!

Time to move on… to LEVEL 2!! Wahooo!!

- Mazouka Dance Company