A married couple's first dance as newlyweds should be refined and flawless, much like an engagement diamond or a Blu-ray copy of Porky's. Develop classy moves with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a four-week series of beginner zouk dance classes from Mazouka Dance Company (a $60 value).
Mazouka Dance Company’s expert instructors set students twirling in lively, beginner-friendly Brazilian zouk dance courses. Zouk integrates the physical nature of Brazilian lambada with smooth musical rhythms from Guadalupe and Martinique, resulting in a serpentine partners' dance both dramatic and relatively easy to learn. The four-week Zouk I course introduces neophytes to the fundamentals of the form, from essential steps and turns to musicality and intermediate-level smouldering gazes. Seasoned instructors Junyan Boon and Danielle Nash demonstrate proper technique while encouraging students to loosen up and express themselves. Mazouka also introduces students to the latest zouk music and keeps them apprised of local zouking opportunities at nightclubs and nearby quilting bees. The group also hosts free practice nights for students to show off their supple calf muscles and to hone their craft.
Instructors Junyan Boon and Danielle Nash get bodies moving during salsa and fast-paced Brazilian zouk lessons that encourage students to make new friends and build confidence. They also tone bodies with Zumba classes, which cause muscles to dance in synchronization with international beats in a party-like atmosphere.
As the sun sets and the lights dim, the studio transforms into a hopping social scene where live blues music fills the air with a soulful beat and feet sweep across the dance floor. Though the Brazilian zouk parties held these nights may seem intimidating at first, with scores of skillful dancers gyrating perfectly to the beat, it soon becomes apparent that the more experienced dancers love teaching newcomers basic moves so they can quickly join the fun.