History of Zouk by Renata Peçanha – Brazilian Zouk Dance Council

Hi!
We are going to talk a little bit about the history of Brazilian Zouk.

Where did this dance that we all love come from?  For those that don’t know, Brazilian Zouk evolved from a Brazilian dance called Lambada.
Lambada grew fast, it was a fever especially in Brazil, however at the beginning of the 90’s it started to lose its popularity.  While it was popular, Lambada was a dance that took over most night clubs in Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro.  Night clubs played only Lambada. One day the DJ’s started to feel uncomfortable about all that success and decided to get together to deflate the music.

This initiative from the DJs contributed to Lambada’s fall.  Another important reason was the fact that it was a fast dance style, which made it harder for people of all ages to learn.  Dance classes that taught Lambada started with a

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