Zouk Foundations Program


Welcome to the world of Brazilian Zouk                                                                         NEXT STEP: Private Classes


Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

7:00


Intro to Zouk

Intro to Salsa

Zouk Foundations 2

8:00

Performance Team

Zouk Foundations 1

Private Classes

Zouk Foundations 3

(starts at 8:30PM)

9:00

‘Zouk Me’

Tuesdays Social

($10 cover)

10:00




2017 CLASS SESSIONS

Winter

Nov 29, Dec 6, 13, 20

Jan 10, 17, 24, 31

Feb 7, 14, 21, 28

Spring

Mar 7, 14, 21, 28

Apr 4, 11, 18, 25

May 2, 9, 16, 23

Summer

Jun 6, 13, 20, 27

Jul 4, 11, 18, 25

Aug 1, 8, 15, 22

Fall

Sep 5, 12, 19, 26

Oct 3, 10, 17, 24

Oct 31, Nov 7, 14, 21


FOUNDATIONS Membership only $60+hst per month

    Includes one 4-week session each month (1 hour per week, Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:00PM)

  • Choose a session from the table above (i.e. May 2, 9, 16, 23)

    Access to Mazouka Student Resources groups


ADD-ONS

    + Student Social Pass (Tuesdays 9:00 - 12:00AM) only $18+hst/mo (save up to $30)

    + Extra Group Class only $35+hst/mo (save $25)

    + Private Classes 20% discount (call 647-773-3887 to inquire)



Ready to Register? Please fill out our Online Registration Form and we’ll contact you soon!

**you will be billed on the 1st of every month**



How does the membership work?

Level 1 takes around 2 - 3 months to complete (depending on your pace of learning) so we will assume you will continue at the end of each month. Once registering you will be billed $60+hst on the 1st of every month. If you are taking a month off, please fill out the vacation form before the 1st and we will pause your subscription for that month.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)



What is the Student Social Pass?

It’s our discounted pass for students who want to attend the Tuesday socials. This is the best zouk night in Toronto with 2 - 3 DJs spinning each night. The cover for the night is $10 but with the pass you save lots of $$$.


When should I take private classes?

We suggest taking at least one private class when you enter into level 1 to help you transition in smoothly. Private classes are an essential part of our program where we have the opportunity to give detailed attention to your movements. Students that take private classes also progress much quicker and express that they enjoy the process of learning much more!


I’m missing a class what do I do?

Please contact us. We suggest taking an opportunity to do a make-up private class. Also attend the practice session after class (Tuesday 9:00 - 9:30PM) and we’ll help to catch you up during the time.


Need to break for a month as I’m on vacation, what do I do?

Please fill out our vacation form.  Even though you're taking a break, it's important that you keep up with the program! Consistency is the key. Students that are consistently taking classes make quick progress and also express greater enjoyment. Please take a private class during your break month. We suggest that you take a private class during your break month so that you'll be ready to return to group classes when you get back. If you are taking more than one month off we suggest taking private classes during your time away from group classes.




Program Details

Foundations Program Level 1 is broken up into monthly 4-week sessions. Each session will have different movements and routines to learn! Students take on average 2-3 months 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

#

BASE

#

FRAME

#

SPINE

1

Turnout

5

Connection

9

Hip Position

2

Tendu

6

Frame Shape

10

Elongation / Release

3

Positions

7

Eyes Direct Energy

11Hair Movement

4

Releve / Plie

8

Draw / Push






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.