10 top Dubai dance classes1 Comments 11 September 2012
Holly Sands, Body & Mind editor
What is it? Also known as Brazilian lambada, and alleged to be a mere four years old, Zouk is said to be reigniting interest in partner dancing, thanks to its fast, sensual movements and the music used – many of
the tunes are R&B tracks that have been speeded up and given a Latin twist.
The first lesson: Zouk instructor Samantha Ho talks me through the basics – it’s danced to a slow-quick-quick-slow rhythm, and has a distinctive head roll performed by the woman. In my session I learn basic steps, lateral steps and isolations (rotating the hips and chest separately), before Sam leads me through several songs incorporating a combination of the movements to give me a feel for the dance. A word of warning – Zouk is addictive.
Embarrassment rating: 1/5
Best for: Younger Dubaians looking for an energetic, contemporary dance that’s cooler than salsa and tango.
Individual lessons Dhs150 per hour, couples lessons Dhs250. Locations and times vary. www.zouk-dubai.com (050 280 6362).
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