How to Do Zouk Dance Basic Steps

Learn how to do the basic steps of the Latin dance zouk in this Howcast dance video.

Ashle: Hey. I’m Ashle Dawson.

Henri: I’m Henry Velandia.

Ashle: And today we’re going to be showing you some Zouk basics. We’re going to demonstrate it first, and then we’re going to break it down for you.

Henri: Okay. Here it goes. And dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun. Yes.

Ashle: Great.

Henri: So that was the basic step. And we’re going to break it down for you. And this dance, just to give a little background, comes from a Brazilian dance called Lambada. So it has a lot of movements and slow movements. So when we do it with the music you will see. Okay. So let me break down first the basic steps. So the guys are going to hold the ladies with the right hand. You’re going to hold the lady’s back. You’re going to embrace her entire back with your forearm and your hand. Okay. Every time you step, guys, you’re going to step back with the left. And ladies, you’re going to step between the guy’s feet. Okay. So, and that’s going to be the first count. You’re going to go back. One. Yes. Dun, she goes. One. And one more time. She goes. One. Then we’re going to step in place. Chick, chick, and you go forward with the right. Again, a slow beat. Dun. And then chick, chick, and you go back with the left. Dun, chick, chick, and forward, chick, chick, and back. Chick, chick, and forward, chick, chick, and back. As you can see, we’re really close. In this dance, we love to dance a little bit different. We’re a little more diagonal than the other dances are square. That way we have more room to move with each other. Right?

Ashe: And you can feel each other’s connection. It’s a very intimate dance. So there’s none of this space-conscious. You’re really close. You’re relaxed, and you’re relaxing into your partner.

Henri: Good. So this is one more time, with the counts. Yes? So it’s going to go back on the one with the left. One, together, together, follow on the right. Then together, together. Back on the one, together, together, four, on the five, together, together. Dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun. Yes? Now let’s try it with some music. So we start with the slow motion, because the music is [?] for it. And then when we hear the beat, then we start going. Okay? Here we go. Five, six, seven, and dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, slow, slow, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, one, chick, chick, [?], chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun, and we’re slow.

Ashle: And there’s your Zouk basic.

Henri: Yes. Pretty simple. Slow, chick, chick, slow, chick, chick, and you can listen to many different styles of music, including hip hop. And so when you are in the club, grab a lady and just do your basic Zouk basic movement. And they’re going to love it.

Ashle: And girls, just stay relaxed and low with your man.

Henri: Exactly.