Refine Your Foundations (Level 1.5): 4-week Zouk Series Tuesdays @ DanceSport DuPont Circle, Washington [from 9 to 16 January]

Refine Your Foundations (Level 1.5): 4-week Zouk Series Tuesdays

9 - 16
20:30 - 22:00

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DanceSport DuPont Circle
2201 P St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20037

As with everything in life, confidence and fluidity comes with practice. In this new series with Gui Prada, we will master the Brazilian Zouk fundamentals we’ve learned during our first steps into this dance, explore some of the transitions between them and practice with the assistance of the instructor and other members of the District Zouk team. The classes will have 1:30h, divided in 0:45 min of review and study of the transitions and 0:45 min of assisted practice to make sure we are comfortable and safe with them.

Tuesdays at DanceSport Dupont Circle
4-week series
January 9 – January 30

(Note: a similar 4-week series will be offered Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, January 17 – February 7.)

Each week we will review one or two fundamentals and work on some of the possible transitions between them. Topics will include basic steps, connection, lateral, turns and traveling. Afterwards we will practice these movements and transitions with various songs, so we may get used to executing the moves and transitions to all possible speeds.

These classes will provide fluidity and confidence on executing and transitioning between the fundamentals of Brazilian zouk, allowing a better exploration of the music and the space. As these are the main objectives of this class, it will be small to allow for personal attention during the practices. You'll be able to get personal feedback from three instructors: Gui Prada, Jamiel Roberson & Vanessa Scott.

● $65 for the 4-week series
● No drop-ins — you must sign up for the full 4-week series
● No partner required
● When purchasing your ticket we ask you to decide if you'd like to lead or follow in the classes so we can keep the lead/follow ratio fairly even
● Pre-requisite: this class is aimed at students who have learned Brazilian zouk fundamentals. Students should have completed our Brazilian Zouk Fundamentals series, at least one cycle of Level 1 Monday classes, or something comparable.
● Note: DanceSport Dupont Circle class cards cannot be used for this series

Other District Zouk series classes offered in January:
Brazilian Zouk Fundamentals (Level 1): 6-Week Series in January
Refine Your Foundations (Level 1.5): 4-week Zouk Series Wednesdays
Explore Close Embrace (Level 2): 4-Week Brazilian Zouk Series
Focus on Turns (Level 2): 4-Week Brazilian Zouk Series


DanceSport DuPont Circle
2201 P St. NW (GPS 1520 22nd St. NW)
The Church of the Pilgrims Fellowship Hall
(Entrance from the south side via stairs going down)
Washington DC 20037

Between P & Q St's, 2 blocks west of the Q St exit of the Dupont Circle red line Metro. Directions and unlimited adjacent Embassy Row parking info available at:
Nearby bus lines: G2, D2 & D6, 42, N line to Friendship Hts, S line from Silver Spring & downtown and Dupont Circle Circulator from Georgetown

The Instructors:

Gui Prada started dancing in 2004 inspired by the movie «Shall We Dance?». He began to dive deep into dance in 2006 as a work-study trainee of the Jaime Arôxa Dance School in Rio de Janeiro. Jaime Arôxa, one of the creators of Brazilian Zouk, was the head instructor and was a mentor for the most accomplished dancers in Brazil. During his 6 years as a member of the school's team, he learned all Brazilian partner dances (Forró, Samba de Gafieira, Soltinho, Bolero and Zouk) as well as Argentine Tango. After he left the school, he continued dancing and learning from other remarkable instructors, including Fabiano Vivas, Kelly Reis, Érico Rodrigo, Guilherme Pimentel and many others. Since then he has focused his training and research on taking the best of each of these dances and applying it to the close embrace, with the purpose of conveying a sense of well-being and relaxation to dance partners. In 2016 he attended the first Zouk Retreat in Valencia, led by Xandy Liberato, Brenda Carvalho and Anderson Mendes. After that, his research on partner dancing took a new direction, as he continued working with Brenda and Anderson to seek for the application of the concepts explored at the retreat in different ways by using the references of the other Brazilian partner dances and Argentinian Tango. As a result, the importance of the basic steps and concepts became evident, since it is through them that all dances reach another level. Gui is looking forward to sharing his technique and training with students here in Washington DC to help them improve their basics, comfort and confidence on the dance floor.

Jamiel Roberson trained as a martial artist since the age of 3, competing, teaching and honing his movement technique. He has always been a lover of music and dance, so when he was shown the beauty, fluidity, and techniques of Brazilian zouk he couldn’t resist. Now after 3 years and many hours of training under District Zouk, taking private lessons with some of the best international instructors, and participating in and dancing at congresses throughout the northwest US, he's looking forward to helping spread the passion and knowledge he has for this amazing art form that is dance.

Vanessa Scott found zouk in New Zealand and was drawn to its music, fluidity and circular movement. When she lived in the midwest US, she persuaded a ballroom teacher to go half on DVDs and learn Zouk from scratch together. About two years ago Vanessa moved to the DMV area and has been zouking as much as possible ever since. She joined the District Zouk dance team and has performed with them for two years. This year she went to the first ever 30-day Rio Zouk Immersion Course in Brazil where she studied with top world instructors Jaime Aroxa, Renata Pecanha, Brenda Carvalho and Anderson Mendes da Rocha. Working closely with them in such an intimate setting allowed her to see the depth of zouk and differentiate between different philosophies. This December Vanessa just completed a 40-hour personal training with Xandy Liberato in Spain. She has enjoyed traveling the world soaking up different flavors of zouk and is excited to share her passion and knowledge with others.

District Zouk’s mission is to offer regular opportunities to learn and dance Brazilian zouk, and to nurture and grow the Brazilian zouk community in DC. Ashley and Valentine co-founded District Zouk with Amy Abbott and Bianca Desroches, and they have been teaching weekly Brazilian zouk classes at DanceSport Dupont Circle since June 2014, as well as organizing workshops and other events. District Zouk received an award at the New York Zouk Festival in October 2017 for their contributions to zouk in North America.
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