What is Lambazouk?
Lambazouk is a partner dance originating from Brazil. Also known as zouk-lambada, the dance is a descendant of lambada, the music & dance style that swept over the world like a storm in the late 1980's. Over the years the dance has changed to better match the music and interests of today, but it has retained its burst of flavor that comes from the beaches of Bahia, Brazil.
Lambazouk is known for its positive energy, joyful music and constant flowing movement. Lambazouk is danced on1, with the basic count going 123 567 or quick-quick-slow. Lambazouk dancers accent the music with hip movements, dips (cambrés), soft and sharp upper body movements and fast turns. Some particular characteristics of lambazouk include also exchanging partners mid-song, leading & following with only visual contact and dancing with multiple partners at the same time.
Lambazouk around the world
Below are some demo and show videos from professional Lambazouk dancers around the world. Some of the most well known teachers include Braz Dos Santos, Didi Dos Santos & Patricia, Ricardo Ferrari, Gilson Damasco, Gabriel Papagaio Torres & Olaya Dendê, Pablo Schmoller & Leticia Castro, Leo Bruno & Romina Hidalgo, Graziella Pisano, and many more.
Lambazouk in Finland
Here are videos of Lambazouk dancing in Finland by our local team and by our visiting guest teachers.
Visit our Youtube channel for more videos and music; videos from international events, videos by Lambazouk Finland team, including highlights from our classes and events as well as playlists of Lambazouk music!
The word zouk, among other things, also refers to a style of music that originates from the French Antilles. 'Zouk' actually means ‘party’ or ‘festival’ in Antillean Creole. To dance lambazouk, we still today use zouk music, which is not made only in the Caribbean but nowadays all around the world. In addition to that, lambazouk dancers are using many other different types of music: kizomba and semba music, latin and oriental music, reggaeton, R'n'B, hip hop as well as all kinds of pop music. There are many active DJs remixing chart music and layering them with a zouk beat, catering to dancers of all tastes. The variety of music makes also the dance dynamic and constantly evolving.
One thing lambazouk music does have in common; it typically has a clear rhythm and a strong beat (or accent) on '1' count. And quite often it tends to be fast. Of course you can dance to any speed you like and if you're still in the early stages of learning lambazouk we recommend starting with the slower songs to build your technique. Once you get around with the slower songs it's good to start trying the faster ones as well! Some (most) of the fast tracks may feel a bit hardcore in the beginning - nothing to worry about. Once you get the hang of it, when you practice with the faster tracks, you begin to feel more the "lambazoukyness" of the movement. The faster tracks are typically happy, feel-good, let's-party kind of music.
Some of the most "classic" lambazouk tracks:
Arash - Pure love
Anselmo Ralph - Não Me Toca
Gil Semedo - Brasil Africa (Lambazouk)
Nsoki - Meu anjo
Oswald - My baby YOLO
Yola Semedo - I wanna be
Below is our public playlist. As you may notice from the playlist, a lot of the music (also played in the lambazouk clubs and events in Brazil & around the world) is what we would call kizomba. To dance lambazouk, there are really no limits of what music is right or wrong. Feel free to use whatever music where you can feel the 123 567 on! No need to label the music - is it "zouk", "kizomba", "pop" or whatever style; just play whatever kind of music that pulls you to the dance floor!