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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 [Ba]

Slingshot [SS]

Corridor [Co]

Side Turn [ST]


Rebound [RB]

Thread [Th]

Forward Turn [FT]

Legend


Circular Soltinho [CS]


Intro


Yoyo [YY]


Level 1


Bonus [Bo]




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 <> Slingshot <> Corridor <> ST

Rebound / ST

Rebound <> Corridor <> ST <> Basic

Slingshot / FT

Basic <> Slingshot <> Corridor <> FT

Rebound / FT

Rebound <> Corridor <> FT-Basic

Movement(s)

Movement-Specific Routines

Thread

Basic - Basic - Rebound - Corridor - ST(Cuddle) - Thread - Corridor - ST

Circular Soltinho

Basic - Basic - Rebound - Corridor - CS - Corridor - CS - ST

Yoyo

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

Bonus

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

*scroll down to the bottom of the page for diagrams of each routine

Our community doing a Brazilian Zouk flashmob at Dundas Square


Technical Concepts

BASE

Follower’s Technique

Leader’s Technique

Foot

To have a clear connection with the floor

- Active / alive (not resting)

- Positioned with respect to the frame

- Clearly connected to the floor

- Toe-heel transition

To have a clear connection with the floor

- Active / alive (not resting)

- Positioned with respect to the frame

- Clearly connected to the floor

- Toe-heel or heel-toe transition

Knees

To control momentum

- Always soft (not hyperextended)

- Two part movement: bend to move leg, extend to make contact with floor

- Soften knee when upon contact with floor

To control momentum

- Always soft (not hyperextended)

- Two part movement: bend to move leg, extend to make contact with floor

- Soften knee when upon contact with floor

Hips

To link / coordinate the movement of the Base and Frame

- Centered inside the Frame

- One side of hip positioned in front or behind torso

- Obliques (core) used to move limbs

To coordinate the movement of the limbs

- Centered inside the Frame

- One side of hip positioned in front or behind torso

- Obliques (core) used to move limbs


FRAME

Follower’s Technique

Leader’s Technique

Head & Torso

To set the direction of movement

- Clear and effective orientation that helps to facilitate movement

To set the direction of movement

- Clear and effective orientation that helps to facilitate movement

Arms & Hands

To support movement and to interact / connect with partner

- Open / alive (keeping boundaries, as opposed to using the hands to pull the partner closer)

- Moving in coordination with the Base

- Clear and effective orientation that helps to facilitate movement

To support movement and to interact / connect with partner

- Open / alive (keeping boundaries, as opposed to using the hands to pull the partner closer)

- Moving in coordination with the Base

- Clear and effective orientation that helps to facilitate movement of both leader and follower

Hair

To support movement

- Clear position and orientation

To support movement

- Clear position and orientation





Rhythm & Musicality

To coordinate movement with the music

- Marking the counts with the body/step

- Following the phrasing “81 3, 45 7”

To coordinate movement with the music

- Marking the counts with the body/steps

- Following the phrasing “81 3, 45 7”

Breath

To regulate coordinate and regulate movement

To regulate coordinate and regulate movement


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.



DIAGRAMS



Flow Diagrams of the Basic Routines


Flow Diagrams of the Movement-Specific Routines




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.


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