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1541 East 38th Street

Cleveland, OH 44114

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United Zouk is a Weekend full of workshops, social dancing and Sooo much Zouk!

Charles Espinoza
From: New York, NY
Charles has a unique style, which is a mix of his extensive dance background. This type of fusion help dancers to be more body conscious. Developing the sensibility/care, partnership, and correct lead with someone are only a few of the many things that dancers who are used to dancing alone will learn. For the dancers who are more comfortable with partnering, their focus will be more towards achieving different grooves/musicality. He rediscovered that dance exist to liberate yourself from any limitations! Because of this he is constantly in search for new alternatives or in search for a dance that has no judgment/oppression that will continue with his study and passion towards dance.​

Brad Meccia
From: Knoxville, TN
Brad has been teaching for over 8 years now, and in that time has trained with such Zouk Legends as Renata Peçanha in Brazil. His talent is apparent through his dancing and detailed instruction. Brad's PhD in biomedical engineering mixed with his all dance training gives him a well rounded view on Zouk. He has been all over the world for dance. Besides regularly traveling to congresses to teach and compete, he also is the creator and owner of the Armada Zouk company. The Armada Zouk is known for bringing in top instructors for the weekend Zouk/Lamba Cabin Retreats they host in Tennessee.

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Exact Schedule Details will be released closer to the event date. All Workshops subject to change.

Friday
Workshops 7-9 pm
7-8 pm Zouk with Brad Meccia
8-9 pm Samba De Gafieira with Charles Espinoza

Social 9 pm - 2 am (2 Rooms)
Zouk Room
Chill Room
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Saturday
Workshops 12-5 pm
12-1 pm Brad Meccia
1-2 pm Charles Espinoza
2-3 pm Parker Amsel
3-4 pm Brad Meccia
4-5 pm Charles Espinoza

Social 8 pm - 2 am (2 Rooms)
8-9 pm Beginner Zouk with Brooke & Tiffany
Zouk Room With Special Guest DJ Just Jacob
Bachata & Salsa Room
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Sunday
Workshops 2- 4pm
2-3 pm "Surprise" Workshop with Charles Espinoza
3-4 pm Zouk with Brad Meccia

Social 4 pm - 6 pm
Zouk Room
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Leader Full Pass- must Lead 50% of the weekend.
Follower Full Pass- must Follow 50% of the weekend.

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What is Zouk?
Zouk is a partner dance originating from Brazil, with the timing is based on slow-quick-quick rhythm or contratempo. It is common to not use only the rhythm but also the pauses, melody and lyrics in the dance as well as utilize different dynamics in the timing. Brazilian zouk, you can see a close connection embrace and long graceful steps, strong hip movements, body isolations and upper-body torsions, wild spins and whip-like head movements.

What kind of music can you dance Zouk to?
In addition to Caribbean Zouk music - and ever increasingly, many other different types of music are played for dancing Brazilian zouk: kizomba and semba music, latin and oriental music, reggaeton, R'n'B, hiphop, dubstep, as well as all kinds of pop music. There are many active DJs remixing hit tracks and layering them with a zouk beat, catering to all tastes and styles of zouk danced around the globe. The variety of music makes Brazilian zouk dynamic and constantly evolving.

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