Our syllabus works cyclically, so that you can start at any point of each level, and then continue until you’ve completed all modules. After that you can continue that level heavily discounted to $30 when enrolled in other classes (that’s just $5 per class).
Level 1: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D – Learning the rhythm, basic steps, partnering etc.
Level 2: 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H – Further complexities of timing, connection, higher level footwork/steps, introduction of some body movements. Note level 2+ is similar content at a slightly faster pace with additional variations
Level 3: 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E, 3F, 3G, 3H – Musicality, ongoing work on body movements and introduction of more complex movements including bonecas, Foundation movements to an intermediate standard. Connection and body movements and isolations.
Level 4: (No specific modules, the classes are structured around the students). Intermediate+ to advanced movements including complex body movements, high level musicality, expression and connection. Foundation movements to an advanced standard.
Body Conditioning: Appropriate to all levels, utilising yoga, Pilates, ballet and physiotherapist techniques to improve your balance, strength and flexibility.
What level am I?
I'm new to Zouk or I have been learning for 4 months or less: IM Level 1
I've completed at least 3 modules of Level 1 (18 weeks) or have been learning Zouk for more than 4 months (Solid knowledge of basics, laterals, transitions, simple turns, rhythm and timing, lead and follow, and basic travelling steps): IM Level 2
I've been doing zouk for at least 9-12 months of regular classes (at least 4 blocks of level 2) and am comfortable with boomerangs, viridinha, and some body movements (snakes and body rolls): IM Level 3
If you are unsure if this is for you or unsure of what level, you can try the first class and sign up after class if you’d like to join us for the 6 weeks, or sign up and discuss with Izzy if you'd like to try another level.
How to get the most out of your classes and dancing:
Stay connected online:
Join our Private Facebook Group: Search for “Izzy’s Zouk Training Group 2018” (we post videos from the classes for your reference) - For enrolled students only.
Like our “DanceIM” page on Facebook
One of the main reasons people come to class is to be able to go to a party and dance with other zoukers. It’s never too early to start, and our Zouk community is very welcoming.
Start with our mini socials between class Monday, then why not join us at the monthly party? We run our Ipanema Party in Carlton so come along! Click here for dates.
There are other zouk social dancing events run by students and the zouk community – Look for “Melbourne Zouk Practica” and “Zoukaholics” on facebook
Practice at home:
Even short bursts (5 min a few times a week) will greatly improve your dancing skills, making it even more fun when you’re on the dance floor.
We try to give “homework” recommendations during the courses, but if you want more specifics just ask!
Go to workshops:
We run some focus workshops during the year to spend more time on particular concepts – so check them out. They are on things like Musicality, Ladies Secrets, Spins and Turns, Contemporary for Zoukers etc.
If you have a suggestion for future workshops let us know.
Learn how to learn:
One of the biggest things about learning something physical like dance is to learn how to learn it! It’s not a bunch of facts or ideas that you can memorise, and suddenly do them. Dance is something that you need to learn, know, understand, translate to your body, get your body to understand it, train your body to do it, feel it, try it with lots of people, to different music, then learn it all over again to the next level!
There are lots of different techniques for this, which we will go through during the classes, but it’s important to figure out the best ways for you.
Doing anything physical comes with some risks. Remember to work within your own limits, and keep yourself and your fellow dancers free from injury! Remember it takes a while for your body to get used to exercise. There are also certain movements in zouk which depend on strength, control and flexibility which you need to develop with time and training. The courses will take you through this but always remember to listen to your body. Whilst some movements may feel strange at first you should never feel uncomfortable. Stop and chat to your teachers if you are having issues. They can make sure you are using the right technique and give you exercises so you will quickly improve.
Learning to dance takes time, especially a complex dance style such as zouk. We have structured our syllabus which can give you a guide on the average progress, but everyone learns differently, and everyone dedicates different amounts of time to improving! You can expect to be dancing zouk around 1 year before moving to level 3 (intermediate), and at least 2 years before reaching level 4. My advice is to really focus on really mastering each concept you learnt rather than always looking for something new. Strong foundations as it will make your dancing much better and more enjoyable for you and your dance partners in the long run!
Enjoy the journey:
The best dancers never stop learning, growing, and having great experiences on the social floor. There will always be another crazy move that you haven’t learnt. Those pros on YouTube (and your teachers) have been dancing for over 20 years and are still learning and improving. Enjoy the process, each small accomplishment, the people you meet along the way and the priceless joy of a beautiful dance!