Zouk Foundations Program Level 1


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So you've completed the Intro courses and are ready to move onto the next level!
Our Level 1 class runs on Tuesdays from 8:00 - 9:00PM, right before our Tuesday night socials.


Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

7:00

Intro to Salsa

Intro to Zouk

Zouk Foundations 2

Zouk Foundations 3

8:00

Zouk Choreography

Advanced


Zouk Foundations 1

9:00

‘Zouk Me’

Tuesdays Social

Student Practice & Tea Time


Student Practice & Tea Time

10:00


11:00




Foundations Program Level 1 is broken up into monthly 4-week progressive modules. Each will have different movements and routines to learn! It takes on average 12 weeks to complete Level 1.

Each module focuses on 4 activities:
  1. Exercises to develop strength, flexibility and awareness of the body
  2. Demos of individual movements to develop a conceptual understanding of zouk dancing
  3. Memorization of 6 movement routines to develop physical memory
  4. Social dancing to translate what we learn in class to the dance floor
In each class we will be covering a different subset of movements from the movement map below and build these movements together into a routine.

Legend

Intro

Level 1


Close Embrace

Traveling Mvmt

Transitional

(Closed-to-Open)

Open Position

Traveling Mvmt

Transitional

(Open-to-Closed)

Basic

Slingshot

Corridor

Side Turn


Rebound

Thread

Forward Turn



Circular Corridor




Yo-Yo




Bonus



FLOW CONCEPTS create smoothness and flow in your dance

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BASE

#

FRAME

#

SPINE

1

Turnout

5

Connection

9

Hip Position

2

Tendu

6

Frame Shape

10

Elongation / Release

3

Positions

7

Head Directs Flow



4

Releve / Plie / Arch

8

Draw / Push / Tilt





The Zouk Foundations Program is the only program of its kind in North America. It has four core levels and is our students learn to easily handle the social dance floor. The culture at Mazouka is about community. Our students work together to learn and grow and are known locally and abroad both for the quality of their dancing and their warmth. Because regular practice is essential to developing any skill, the programs include weekly Mazouka practices, socials, plus exclusive online resources are included as part of the program.

Learn with us and become a part of our dance school and family!

What will I get out of this program?
In short: you'll learn to dance zouk! During the program you will become familiar with all of the key foundational elements in Brazilian Zouk. The large majority of more complex, advanced movements and sequences are just combinations of these same elements, so the Foundations Program will give you a strong comprehensive base from which to explore zouk's countless possibilities. 

You will also have plenty of opportunity to put what you're learning into practice on the dance floor every step of the way at our socials and practices. By the end of the program you will be able to dance Brazilian Zouk safely & comfortably and be able to connect on the dance floor with many different types of people.


Why a modular program? 
We want to make learning zouk as simple and effective as possible. Over five years of teaching zouk in Toronto has made it clear: the ease and adaptability of the students who have completed at least 8 months of our courses demonstrate the power of coupling our instruction and curriculum with their level of commitment and consistency. It just works.

If you'd like to learn how to dance zouk, we will make it our mission to help you get there!


What pre-requisites do I need before starting?
If you are a new dancer, we recommend starting with our 4-week Intro to Zouk CourseIf you already have a fair amount of social dance experience or you cannot make the time slot, please take our Intro to Zouk Private Package to learn the basics.


I'll definitely have to miss a few weeks. Can I still take the program?
No problem! Whether you have a vacation coming up or a busy month at school, the modular, course-based format means you can take a month (or more) break anytime you need to. When you're back just let us know! You have any amount of time to complete the program, offering all the flexibility you'll need without compromising your learning goals.


I have lots of dance experience. Can I learn more quickly?
We've aimed to make the Zouk Foundations Program the most effective and practical route for becoming adept at dancing zouk socially. However if you have a dance background of more than 1 year, then we would suggest taking private lessons instead so that you can learn at a satisfying pace. 


Okay, so I want to learn zouk! What does all this cost?

Head to the ONLINE REGISTRATION page!