Understanding different phases and styles
Portugues

Como sabemos, o nosso Zouk (brasileiro) vem ao longo dos anos, desde a explosão da Lambada, ganhando formas e estilos diferentes. Isso é bom… Afinal, faz parte da evolução da Dança. Mas tomemos o cuidado de não criar nomes ou fazer dos estilos um marketing pessoal… Pois além de confundir as pessoas, isso não respeita os fundamentos já aplicados na base fundamental de cada fase que a Dança ganhou. Para se ganhar um novo nome, se faz necessário uma mudança significativa nos fundamentos de base.

Música árabe, R&B, Hip Hop, Kizomba, Zouk, Pop e etc., dão movimentações e interpretações diferentes é claro… Mas a base e estrutura de Dança é a mesma que já foi criada e ainda aplicada há tempos atrás.

A exemplo do nosso Samba de Gafieira, temos duas fases/linhas: samba tradicional e samba funkeado. Os mestres Carlos Bolacha e Paulinha, Valdeci de Souza e Cristina Ramos, Jaime Arôxa e Bianca Gonzalez e Marcelo Chocolate e Sheila Aquino por exemplo, possuem interpretações diferentes para dançar o Samba, mas usam os mesmos elementos de base… Especialmente, porque dançam tipos de samba música diferentes (bossa nova, chorinho, MPB, etc.) e CONTINUAM O CHAMANDO DE SAMBA TRADICIONAL. Isso ajuda e muito a clareza e divulgação da nossa dança! O samba funkeado de Jimmy de Oliveira tem interpretação corporal e fundamentos diferentes, em especial na execução dos movimentos… Fica clara a diferença, mesmo utilizando alguns movimentos criados no samba tradicional.

Conversando com alguns profissionais como Bruno Arkkanjo, Renato Veronezi, Mafie Zouker, Adilio Porto, Gilson Damasco, Larissa Thayane, Wiliam Teixeira, Renata Peçanha, Kadu Pires e Philip Miha, concordamos que a nossa Dança Lambada passou por três fases diferentes, dando origem a três linhas DISTINTAS MAS INFLUENCIÁVEIS, com fundamentos específicos pra cada momento desses, originando movimentos e conexões, d i s p e n s a n d o qualquer outro nome que possa se dar a nossa Dança. Outros profissionais participaram da conversa, mas não concluímos o debate…

A seguir, alguns vídeos de casais profissionais que podem exemplificar a similaridade de formas, movimentos e conexões, obviamente cada um no seu estilo e liberdade de expressão, mas com as características que os classificam presentes especificamente em cada fase mencionada.

Lembrando, que todas as linhas acabam sendo influenciadas entre si… Basta a pessoa se permitir.
Sendo assim, vamos conhecê-las.

Fase/Linha :: Lambada / Lambazouk
  • Base rítmica
  • Movimentos de quadris
  • Influência da contagem musical (123-567)
  • Movimentos de cabeça
  • Giros
  • Tempo forte no 1 da música
  • Cambrés
  • Conduções também à distância
  • Rodas de trocas de par
  • Energia de palmas do cavalheiro
  • Outros
Fase/Linha :: Zouk Tradicional
  • Base vertical (frente/trás)
  • Musicalidade
  • Movimentos alongados
  • Dinâmicas de tempo diferentes
  • Condução corporal
  • Ondulações
  • Influência de jazz/moderno/contemporâneo em algumas montagens coreográficas
  • Contrações
  • Pegadas em montagem coreográfica
  • Entre outros
Fase/Linha :: NeoZouk
  • Base variável (contratempo ou contrá-tempo)
  • Torções
  • Uso da parte superior do tronco
  • Ondulações
  • Contrapeso
  • Body movements
  • Giros
  • Torções de membros
  • Complexidade de movimentos
  • Variações de movimentos da 2ª fase
  • And others
English

As we know since the Lambada “explosion”, our Brazilian Zouk has been influenced by different styles and variations in music. This is good as it is a part of the Dance Evolution. However, it is important to make sure we do not invent different names for the dance or exploit it for our personal marketing, and thus confusing people and disrespecting each phase of the dance and its fundamentals. To give it a new name, it would necessitate a significant change of the dance’s fundamentals.

Arabic songs, R&B, Hip Hop, Kizomba, Zouk, Pop and others give different interpretations to our dance. However, the base and dance structure is the same, which was born many years ago.

Our Samba de Gafieira, for example, has 2 phases/lines: Samba Traditional and Samba Funkeado. Samba Masters like Carlos Bolacha & Paulinha, Vladeci de Souza & Cristina Ramos, Jaime Aroxa & Bianca Gonzalez and Marcelo Chocolate & Sheila Aquino for example, have different interpretations on how to dance their Samba, however, the fundamentals are the same. They dance to different types of songs such as Bossa Nova, Chorinho, MPB and others but still call it Samba de Gafieira Traditional. This really helps to make our Samba de Gafieira clear and easier to promote. Samba Funkeado created by Jimmy de Oliveira has different body interpretation and fundamentals, especially in the execution of the movements. The difference is even clear when using some movements from Samba Traditional when dancing Samba Funkeado.

Speaking with different professionals from Brazilian Zouk such as Brno Arkkanjo, Renato Veronezi, Mafie Zoukier, Adilio Porto, Gilson Damasco, Larissa Thayane, William Teixeira, Renata Pecanha, Kadu Pires and Philip Miha, we agree that our Lambada has gone through 3 different phases. These originate from 3 different and very influential lines with specific fundamentals to each moment, giving birth to movements and connections and thus eliminating any other name that can be given to our dance. Other professionals were a part of our discussions, however, we did not finalise the debate and for this reason I am not mentioning their names.

Below there are some videos of professionals that show the similarity between movements and connections. Each professional utilises their own style and way of expressing the dance, but also with the characteristics that classify them in each phase of it.

Remember that all styles end up influencing each other.

So let’s get to know it –

Fase/Linha :: Lambada / Lambazouk
  • Hip movements
  • Head movements
  • Way of counting the music (123 567)
  • Turns
  • Downbeat on 1 in the music
  • Dips
  • Guys lead the girls with no contact (visual lead)
  • Circles and changes of partners during the dance
  • Energy from guys claps
  • Others
Style – Zouk Traditional
  •  Front and Back basic (“vertical position”)
  • Musicality
  • Different dynamic of timing
  • Movements with body movement
  • Extensions
  • Influences from Jazz, Contemporary and Modern dance
  • Upper body movements such as contractions and body rolls
  • Use of lifts when choreographing a show
  • Others
Style – NeoZouk
  • Variations of the basic
  • Counterbalance
  • Body torsions
  • Body movements
  • Complexity of movements
  • Movement Variations from Traditional Zouk
  • Others
Fraçais

As we know since the Lambada “explosion”, our Brazilian Zouk has been influenced by different styles and variations in music. This is good as it is a part of the Dance Evolution. However, it is important to make sure we do not invent different names for the dance or exploit it for our personal marketing, and thus confusing people and disrespecting each phase of the dance and its fundamentals. To give it a new name, it would necessitate a significant change of the dance’s fundamentals.

Arabic songs, R&B, Hip Hop, Kizomba, Zouk, Pop and others give different interpretations to our dance. However, the base and dance structure is the same, which was born many years ago.

Our Samba de Gafieira, for example, has 2 phases/lines: Samba Traditional and Samba Funkeado. Samba Masters like Carlos Bolacha & Paulinha, Vladeci de Souza & Cristina Ramos, Jaime Aroxa & Bianca Gonzalez and Marcelo Chocolate & Sheila Aquino for example, have different interpretations on how to dance their Samba, however, the fundamentals are the same. They dance to different types of songs such as Bossa Nova, Chorinho, MPB and others but still call it Samba de Gafieira Traditional. This really helps to make our Samba de Gafieira clear and easier to promote. Samba Funkeado created by Jimmy de Oliveira has different body interpretation and fundamentals, especially in the execution of the movements. The difference is even clear when using some movements from Samba Traditional when dancing Samba Funkeado.

Speaking with different professionals from Brazilian Zouk such as Brno Arkkanjo, Renato Veronezi, Mafie Zoukier, Adilio Porto, Gilson Damasco, Larissa Thayane, William Teixeira, Renata Pecanha, Kadu Pires and Philip Miha, we agree that our Lambada has gone through 3 different phases. These originate from 3 different and very influential lines with specific fundamentals to each moment, giving birth to movements and connections and thus eliminating any other name that can be given to our dance. Other professionals were a part of our discussions, however, we did not finalise the debate and for this reason I am not mentioning their names.

Below there are some videos of professionals that show the similarity between movements and connections. Each professional utilises their own style and way of expressing the dance, but also with the characteristics that classify them in each phase of it.

Remember that all styles end up influencing each other.

So let’s get to know it –

Phase/ligne :: Lambada/Lambazouk
  • Base rythmique
  • Mouvements des hanches
  • Influence du comptage musical (123-567)
  • Mouvements de tête
  • Tours
  • Temps fort sur le 1 de la musique
  • Cambrés
  • Conduite à distancia
  • Rodas pour changer de partenaires
  • énergie du cavalier qui tape dans ses mains
Phase/ligne :: Zouk Traditionnel
  • Base verticale (devant/derrière)
  • Musicalité
  • Mouvements allongés
  • Dynamiques de temps différentes
  • Conduite corporelle
  • Ondulations
  • Contractions
  • Influence du jazz/moderne/contemporain
  • Portés dans les chorégraphies
Phase/ligne :: NeoZouk/Zouk
  • Base variable (contretemps)
  • Torsions
  • Utilisation de la partie supérieure du tronc
  • Ondulations
  • Contrepoids
  • Mouvements corporels
  • Tours
  • Torsions des membres
  • Complexité des mouvements
  • Variations de mouvements de la phase 2, etc
Some examples of Lambazouk
Examples of - Zouk Tradicional / Traditional Zouk / Zouk Traditionnel
Examples of NeoZouk