DARE TO ZOUK PROGRAM AT NYC ZOUK FESTIVAL

Our First festival was called FallForZouk 2013.  These are  the highlights and what you should expect!!

The DARE TO ZOUK PROGRAM AT NYC ZOUK FESTIVAL 2017 is a great way to start learning ZOUK or going back to fundamentals. The NYC DARE TO ZOUK TEAM led this year by the amazing Igor Fraga with the members of the Dare to Zouk Team - Ryel Velandia, Jessica Lamdon, and Christina Montoya, have prepared an amazing program for those wanting to explore Zouk. Highlights of this program include:

1) 12 Hours of  WORKSHOPS TO KICK START YOUR ZOUK EXPERIENCE
2) 6 ZOUK CAMPS FROM NYC CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS
3) A WELL THOUGHT OUT PROGRAM WITH A CONSISTENT SYLLABUS CREATED BY THE DARE TO ZOUK TEAM!
4) WORKSHOPS PRESENTED IN COMFORTABLE SETTINGS
5) PROGRESSIVE CLASSES THAT BUILD YOUR SKILLS
6) 3 EVENING SOCIALS WITH TAXI DANCERS
7) BUDDY PROGRAM TO HELP YOUR ZOUK JOURNEY EVEN PAST THE FESTIVAL
8) WELCOME PACKET with LEVEL 1 CHECK LIST OF MOVES, A RECOMMENDED PLAYLIST, and NYC ZOUK FESTIVAL NOTEBOOK!

9) SUPPLMENTAL WORKSHOPS WITH NATIONAL INSTRUCTORS to diversify your Zouk Palette
10) RECAP SESSION WITH THE DARE TO ZOUK TEAM Questions and Answers and even a live DARE TO ZOUK mini-social to get you started with SOCIAL DANCING!!!

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE and Select the Dare To Zouk Program! Make sure to check with your community leader with discounts.

MISSION:  

To teach dancers and non-dancers the foundations, technique, and history of Brazilian Zouk in a comfortable friendly environment, so that they can social dance in any setting.  

 

 

 

6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD DANCE ZOUK?  Compliments of Laura Riva from Toronto 

 

1)  The Music

2)  The People

3)  The Flow

4)  The Creativity

5)  The Connection

6)  It's Good For You

 

​Read the details here:

http://grapevine.dzouk.com/6-reasons-you-should-dance-zouk/

 

 

ABOUT: 

 

The DARE TO ZOUK program was developed in response to those who want to learn Brazilian Zouk.  For those that are curious and always wanted to take classes in Brazilian Zouk, this is a great program for you.  The Dare To Zouk Program is based on NYC's Certified Brazilian Zouk Instructors.  The program is designed consistently, which includes 6 DARE TO ZOUK BOOT CAMPS  to get you jump started in Brazilian ZOUK.  The DARE TO ZOUK program  is packed with various workshops as well as practice and social dancing time.  Instead of jumping from one workshop to the next,  NYC ZOUK FESTIVAL designed the DARE TO ZOUK PROGRAM to have three consistent workshops in a row in the morning both Saturday and Sunday with Igor Fraga, the D2Z Lead as well as Ryel Velandia (Organizer and founder of ZENZOUK), Jessica Lamdon, and Christina Montoya! 

 

All Dare To Zouk Attendees will start Friday where a Welcome Workshop will be provided to you by te D2Z Team! 

 

In the afternoon, enjoy a practice social dance as well as a taste of some national Brazilian Zouk Instructors. Towards the evening enjoy social dancing with help via your ZOUK BUDDY and TAXI DANCERS.

 

THREE WAYS THAT MAKES OUR PROGRAM UNIQUE

 

1)  START GROUP

Because the DARE TO ZOUK program is designed for those new to ZOUK,  all students will feel as if they started together.  This sense of camaraderie is helpful  in learning Brazilian Zouk, because right away the people in your START GROUP will be your forever support in the world of ZOUK. So make sure you get to know your 2016 NYC ZOUK FESTIVAL START GROUP!!!!  Learn and grow with your peers in an amazing relaxed environment.  You will build friendships that will extend far beyond the festival and that makes us HAPPY!!!

 

 

2)  ZOUK GROUP BUDDY

Coming to any Dance Festival or Congress can be extremely challenging, especially if you do not know anyone, and it is your first time dancing Brazilian Zouk. It is because of this reason why the DARE TO ZOUK PROGRAM has been redesigned.

This year, to alleviate the stress of learning a new dance or coming to our Festival alone, we have added the ZOUK GROUP BUDDDY SYSTEM.  The ZOUK GROUP BUDDY system pairs peers in the DARE TO ZOUK program  with a ZOUK GROUP BUDDY or “Big Brother or Sister”  The purpose of the ZOUK GROUP BUDDY is for students to easily get acclimated to the environment.  The ZOUK GROUP BUDDY is  there to check on you, answer any questions you have, practice dance with you, and make you feel comfortable so you can consistently begin your NEW FOUND journey into ZOUK.  Remember your ZOUK BUDDY has been where you are today. It is because of their passion for ZOUK that they volunteer their time to assist students, so that they can share their joy of ZOUK, and sustainably keep it growing.

 

When will I be assigned my ZOUK GROUP BUDDY?  ZOUK GROUP BUDDIES will be assigned 1 week before the festival.  Your ZOUK Group Buddy will be contacting the Peers in yoru group and may start a facebook chat or email to get you started. 

 

3)  TAXI VOLUNTEER DANCERS 

Often times you hear of new students coming to the social and not dancing with anyone because they feel intimidated.  Sometimes they will ask and get rejected and then “give up” and “go home”.  At NYC ZOUK FESTIVAL, we are creating an environment so that you leave complete and fulfilled.  Once you come to the social, find your peers from the morning so you can continuously practice and social dance with them.  This is honestly how you get better.   Also keep an eye on your ZOUK GROUP BUDDY.  They will from time to time keep an eye on you to make sure you are having a good time!!!  During the social,  NYC ZOUK FESTIVAL  will have TAXI VOLUNTEER DANCERS.  TAXI VOLUNTEER DANCERS will be denoted by a PIN or some sort of accessory.  (We will let you know how you can spot them before the festival).  If someone is wearing  a PIN/ACCESSORY, it means that when you ask them to dance they are available to dance and will say YES.  It is the duty of the TAXI VOLUNTEER DANCERS to dance with everyone when they are “ON”,  so don’t ever be ashamed to ask.  Remember they have to spend ample time with everyone.  

 

 

 

 

NYC CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS/LEADS:

 

  • Igor Fraga (LEAD)  ZOUKNY LVL 1,2,3,4 Certified
  • Jesica Lamdon   ZOUKNY LVL 1,2,3,4 Certified and ZENZOUK Certified Instructor
  • Ry'el Velandia - Director/Owner of ZenZouk LLC and creator of the successful ZenZouk Teacher Training Program. Founder of ZenZoukLLC, NYC Zouk Festival, and Zouk N Play Festival.
  • Christina Montoya - Brazilian Zouk National Instructor New York and Los Angeles

 

SCHEDULE AND ZOUK CAMP.

 

Schedule can be found on the Schedule page. ** Please note this can change as we move closer to the festival.

 

Friday Evening:  

6:00 PM - Check in 

7:00 - 8:30 PM - DARE TO ZOUK KICKOFF (DARE TO ZOUK TEAM Igor, Jessica, Ryel and Christina)  - Introduction of your starter group and what to expect this weekend. Discussion on ZOUK BUDDIES and TAXI DANCERS.

10-5:00 AM - SOCIAL DANCE/PERFORMANCES -  We recommend however, that you stay for a couple of hours then go home, because you will have to be up early to begin ZOUK CAMP INTENSIVES!!!!

 

Saturday 

12:00- 1:00 PM   DARE TO ZOUK  CAMP 1

1:00 -  2:00 PM    DARE TO ZOUK  CAMP 2

2:00 -  3:00 PM    DARE TO ZOUK  CAMP 3

** We recommend you order lunch and have it delivered.

3:30 -  4:00 PM   "Z-SHOP TALK"  with Igor Fraga on Musicality

                             (Optional)

4:00 - 5:00 PM     NATIONAL INSTRUCTOR,

                              D2Z Class

5:00 - 6:00 PM     NATIONAL INSTRUCTOR,

                              D2Z Class

 

10:00 - 5:00 AM   PERFORMANCES,  

                              SOCIAL DANCE

 

 

Sunday

12:00- 1:00 PM   DARE TO ZOUK  CAMP 1

1:00 -  2:00 PM    DARE TO ZOUK  CAMP 2

2:00 -  3:00 PM    DARE TO ZOUK  CAMP 3

** We recommend you order lunch and have it delivered.

3:30 -  4:00 PM   "Z-SHOP TALK"  with Igor Fraga on Sensuality

                             vs. Sexuality  (Optional)

4:00 - 5:00 PM     NATIONAL INSTRUCTOR,

                              D2Z Class

5:00 - 6:00 PM     NATIONAL INSTRUCTOR,

                              D2Z Class

 

10:00 - 5:00 AM   PERFORMANCES,  

                              SOCIAL DANCE

 

Monday

12:00 - 2:00 PM GROUP LUNCH TBD (Most Likely the Triple Crown)

3:00 PM NYC CENTRAL PARK TOUR

and ZOUK DANCE IN CENTRAL PARK

 

WHERE:

All Evening Parties will be at:

 

MANHATTAN BALLROOM

29 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018

 

All Workshops will be at:

 

CHELSEA STUDIOS

151 W 26th Street, New York New York

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING:

You will be receiving a lot of information, so make sure you have water and some snacks with you.  Perhaps deodarant, breath mints eaten during break,  and a change of clothes. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR:

Besides the THEME PARTIES in the evening, during workshops make sure you wear comfortable attire.  Some people wear Yoga pants, cotton shirts, tank tops, etc. 

 

WHAT SHOES SHOULD I BRING:

We recommend dancing in a light sneaker or low heel at first.  

 

FAQ?

ZOUK HAS A LOT OF HEAD MOVEMENT.  WILL I BE LEARNING THAT?

 

Before you can walk you must begin to crawl.  ZOUK can look rather challenging with HEAD MOVENT.  But believe it or not the entire dance can be taught without head movement/styling which is added much later on as you advance into ZOUK.  In fact, ZOUKERs really don't start head movement until after a year or so of dancing.  During the ZOUK CAMP IMMERSION program,  Head Movement may be discussed, but will not be taught as this is advanced. 

 

DO I HAVE TO HAVE LONG HAIR TO DANCE ZOUK?

 

This is a total misconception.  You do not need long hair to dance ZOUK.  In fact,  I think sometimes, it is more beautiful to see the gape of someone's beautiful neck on short hair. Remember Head Movement is not introduced until 1 year or more of dancing.  Keep in mind you only need about 6 basic steps to begin dancing.  Attached is a video of one of our instructors at NYC ZOUK FESTIVAL alst year, who has short hair. ODE TO SHORT HAIR!!

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

You are on your way to becoming an amazing ZOUKER and we want you to have the most enjoyable experience!!  Tell your friends about the program because it’s going to be amazing.  Welcome to the ZOUK FAMILY!!  Look forward to having you at NYC ZOUK FESTIVAL 2016!!

 

 

WOOT WOOT!! Get ready to have an amazing Time

 

ZOUK with SHORT HAIR...!!!

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