About K&L

Kadu and Larissa are Brazilian dance professionals who spend up to 46 weekends each year teaching, performing, choreographing and judging at the world’s most important dance events. They are dance partners since 2005. Some of their biggest achievements was to choreograph for So You Think You Can Dance Australia. They are the founders of Casa do Zouk event and Brazilian Zouk Council.

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Learn from world renowned Brazilian dancers Kadu and Larissa. K&L classes explain technique, timing, connection on a series of movements and drills. More than 100 classes offered at sign up. Ask questions on the videos and have them answered by Kadu and Larissa. Join K&L’s monthly LIVE Q&A’s. Subscribe for as little as $27.99 USD per month and take your dance to the next level!

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Dance Events

Casa Do Zouk is an exciting event dedicated to Brazilian Zouk lovers, being held at Mantra on View Hotel in Gold Coast – Australia on July 23 – 26 July, 2020. More than 35 Brazilian zouk workshops and 4 nights of parties.

International guests: Kadu and Larissa, Carlos and Fernanda, Renata and Jorge, William and Paloma, Pedrinho and Linda, Walter Fernandes, Arthur and Layssa and DJ Kakah

World teams

Being a part of a K&L Zouk Team is a great opportunity to be taught choreographies created by K&L. These teams represent Kadu and Larissa (K&L Dance) locally and regionally at social parties, functions and congresses performing under the K&L brand.

This is made possible all over the world, as each K&L Zouk Team is run independently by qualified local directors who teach their team members these specialised choreographies that come directly from Kadu and Larissa!

Email: info@klzoukteams.com
What is Zouk Dance?

Brazilian Zouk originated from a Brazilian dance called Lambada, plus influences from Samba de Gafieira, Brazilian Bolero and Forró. Lambada grew fast, it was a fever especially in Brazil, however at the beginning of the 90’s it started to lose its popularity. While it was popular, Lambada was a dance that took over most night clubs in Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro. Night clubs played only Lambada. One day the DJ’s started to fell uncomfortable about all that success and decided to get together to deflate the music. This initiative from the DJs contributed to Lambada’s fall. Another important reason was the fact that it was a fast dance style with many challenging body movement, which made it harder for people of all ages to learn.

In mid 90’s Brazilians discovered the rhythm Zouk from French Caribbean which had many similarities with Lambada music due to Lambada music have many influences from the Caribbean rhythms. The Lambada lovers so an opportunity to continue dancing their beloved dance style. In Rio de janeiro there were many Lambada dancers who wanted to continue dancing the style. Soon the Lambada dance started to adapt to the Zouk music. However the Zouk music was slower than the Lambada, so it was necessary to make alterations to the dance including to it’s basic steps.

This transformation happened in many states in Brazil. In Rio de Janeiro, Jaime Aroxa, Renata Peçanha and Adilio Porto at Jaime Aroxa Dance School realised that in class it was difficult to teach the Lambada basics on the spot and with the influence of other Brazilian dance styles such as Samba de Gafieira they modified the basics from being on the spot to travel forward and backwards. The linear Salsa also influenced them to create liver movements like “Lateral” and “Bonus”, because the Lambada movements were all circular. These changes helped students to learn easily. Following that other movements came up such as “Raul” and “Bonus”, which gave origin to our popular basic kit.

There were also many teachers and students at Jaime Aroxa school who contributed to the development of this dance style. With this support they were able to spread this new teaching methodology to other schools, other cities and also around the world.

In other states such as Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais, the transformation of Lambada to Brazilian Zouk originated in different ways creating different styles of Brazilian Zouk.

Because this dance evolved from a Brazilian dance Lambada, it is a Brazilian dance. It is not because the name is not Brazilian that the dance will not be from Brazil. All Zouk professionals then decided to call this dance style Brazilian Zouk (Zouk Brasileiro), with the objective to protect our own culture and also with the objective not to interfere with different culture’s interpretations of Zouk.

K&L Zouk Teams

Brazilian Zouk World Championships

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