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.
Anderson & Brenda
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
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.