IMPROVE YOUR DANCING BY FOCUSING ON SOLO TECHNIQUE!
To Lead and to Follow, equally complex art in motion.
To follow can be one of the best feelings in the world when your body has internalized the technique and you can let go and find flow. To get to that meditative state, though, one needs to understand how your body moves and how it needs to move in this dance.
Followers are equally in charge for each moment in the journey of a dance. Just as in a regular conversation, it is important for both to listen and respond in the moment . A lot of the technical skills, footwork and body awareness for following can be developed through solo practice. The secret to being your best following is to have as many tools as possible so you can be ready for any situation, to enhance a movement or to protect yourself or your partner.
Saturdays at DanceSport Dupont Circle (plus one Sunday)
August 10 - October 26 (see dates below)
Each week will bring a new topic, building on what we learned on the previous week. Topics will include:
● Footwork - drills that will help build proper muscle memory for your dancing
● Leading and Following techniques - connection principles, body contact, leverage and extension
● Posture - how your posture changes the technique and moves
● Body Movement - drills to make your body speak ‘Brazilian Zouk’
The first 30 minutes of the class will be with leaders. The last hour of the class will focus on solo movement, technique and practice.
Saturday, August 10 (2-3:30pm)
Saturday, August 31 (2-3:30pm)
Saturday, September 7 (2-3:30pm)
Saturday, September 21 (2-3:30pm)
Sunday, September 22 (8-9:30pm)
Saturday, October 12 (2-3:30pm)
Saturday, October 19 (2-3:30pm)
Saturday, October 26 (2-3:30pm)
● $144 for the 8-week series
● No partner required
● Drop-ins allowed ($22/class, cash or Venmo), but we encourage you to sign up for the full series
● Note: DanceSport Dupont Circle class cards cannot be used for this series
● If you wish to participate in both the leader’s and follower’s technique classes, you can take both for $216 for the 8-week series or $34/class drop-in.
We recommend that participants in this class should be comfortable with Brazilian zouk fundamentals, including basic steps, lateral, and simple turns.
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
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.
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 Kent and Valentine Luu 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's classes are technique-focused and accessible to those new to social dancing, those with a background in other dance styles, and those who have been learning and dancing this dance for awhile. 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/1187119588127134/?event_time_id=1187119611460465