The Brazilian Zouk & Intimacy Intensive at Interfusion Festival brings to you the essence of this unique dance and embraces its culture, connection and intimacy dynamics facilitated by world known international instructors. The intensive is facilitated by Anderson Mendes, Brenda Carvalho, Gui Prada, Kelsey Rote, and Kuna Hamad.

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Anderson & Brenda

Gui

Gui Prada

Kelsey Main

Kelsey Rote

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Kuna Hamad

This special track is intended to advanced dancers that can execute all Brazilian Zouk’s fundamentals, body and head movements with fluency and ease. Through the exploration of more complex movements, our instructors will approach connection and intimacy through the ideas of communication, relaxation, patience and meaningful interaction. Listening to each other’s body and movement will be our focus to understand the uniqueness of the dance intimacy and its beauty.

During the last decade, Brazilian Zouk took over the world and became one of the most versatile and creative social dances there is. Due to the freedom in which dancers can touch, move and feel, Brazilian Zouk also became a powerful tool to explore, study and understand connection and intimacy in levels not experienced in our everyday lives.

"We can all relate and recall one moment, dancing zouk with someone, where you felt a level of intimacy that is different from all the others we experienced up to that moment. It is not romantic, not sexual, not fraternal, it is something else. Therefore, considering the unique opportunity it provides to integrate many forms of art and its mission to bring new experiences to people, we present the Zouk and Intimacy Intensive".

-Guilherme Prada, Zouk Program Director

Selection Process

 The application process will open in October. The intensive spans over 3 days and is designed for experienced Brazilian Zouk dancers who want to explore deeper concepts both in zouk and intimacy. Therefore, the number of students admitted will be limited to provide more attention, details and feedback to all participants. Festival attendees are invited to apply if they have met fluency the following minimum prerequisites.

  • basics in place and linear / viradinha / lateral / simple turn / cuddle / yoyo / free spin / soltinho / abertura / bonus / raul / cambre

  • Fluency on body isolations and undulations

  • Be able to lead and follow head movements comfortably

  • Fluency with Brazilian Zouk’s timing

  • Consistent private or group zouk dance instruction for at least 18 months 

  • Consistent engagement with a zouk community and social dancing for 18 months 

  • Open-Mindedness and willingness to go out of your comfort zone.

Cultural Exchange

Similar to spoken language, dance is an expression of a people and their culture, which can be shared across boarders to bring an unique level of cultural acceptance, awareness and enrichment of lives it touches around the world. Brazilian zouk is a form of cultural expression that provides a medium to share the culture of Brazil with others. The dance evolved from the cross of Brazilian Lambada and Caribbean Zouk music, grew fast in popularly Rio de Janeiro, and fuses the culture of Brazilian movement with other expressive arts and dances, including Samba de Gafieira. Interfusion Festival is committed to empowering lives by sharing the unique practices of cultures from across the globe. 

Program Director

Guilherme Prada is the director of the Brazilian Zouk Program at Interfusion Festival, the largest indoor transformative festival in North America. Under this role, Guilherme designed the intensive and is responsible for implementing the zouk program to help bring education and cultural understanding of Brazilian Zouk dance, its history, and practice to the communities we serve.