Here is where we start exploring the options and variations that make your dance more complex and creative. Putting together the patterns learned in class and workshops and making them ours is one of the greatest challenges faced by dancers in the intermediate level. In these new drop-in classes with Alisson Sandi and Gui Prada, we will go over some concepts and tools, as well as teach some social dance friendly combinations that will put your brain and body to work.
Thursdays at DanceSport Dupont Circle
8:30 - 10:00pm
June 13 - August 8
(June 13 only, 8:30-10:30pm w/ Renato Ramalho)
Each week will bring a new topic or combination, building on what we learned on the previous week and encompassing patterns that we learned in the early stages of our dancing. Topics will include, among others:
● Breaking Novice habits
● Creating and Exploring
● Connecting beyond physical
This class is intended to be for dancers who are at an intermediate level in learning Brazilian zouk. To benefit from this series, you should be comfortable with all the following fundamentals: Basics (Linear and in Place), Lateral, Viradinha, Simple Turn, Soltinho, Abertura, Lateral Opening, Bonus, Raul and Circular Head Movement.
The topics in this class will help you discover new paths to develop your creativity and control of your intermediate foundations. Each class is a stand-alone, as much as we would love to have you every week, it is okay if you need to miss one here and there.
$22 per class (cash or Venmo)
DanceSport class cards cannot be used for these classes
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: http://www.DanceSportDuPont.com/
Nearby bus lines: G2, D2 & D6, 42, N line to Friendship Hts, S line from Silver Spring & downtown and Dupont Circle Circulator from Georgetown
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
June 13: Renato Ramalho (a guest instructor)
June 20, 27: Alisson Sandi
July 4: No class
July 11: Alisson Sandi
July 18, 25: Gui Prada
August 1, 8: Alisson Sandi
Alisson Sandi began his dance career at the age of 15 in São Paulo, Brazil, where he was born. Over the years he trained in Brazilian, Latin and International Ballroom dancing with Jaime Arôxa, Renata Peçanha, Alex de Carvalho, Rodrigo Delano, and others. In 2007, he joined the Juan Rando Dance Academy (JRDA) in Perth, Australia, and stayed in Australia through 2019 teaching in multiple cities and around the world. Alisson has held performances and workshops in over 41 countries, and holds titles including 2x Pro World Champion, 3x Australian Pro Champion, and Winner/Finalist of various BZDC All Stars/Champions Jack and Jill Comps. He is one of the the founders and the first choreographers of the International Zouk Flash Mob. He has also been an official judge for the Brazilian Zouk Dance Council since its first competition event. Alisson has a passion for teaching and is known for his attention to detail and effective instruction in dance techniques. He is excited to move to Washington, DC and help grow the dancers and community here and in North America.
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.
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. https://www.facebook.com/events/623073028171229/?event_time_id=623073051504560