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How to Do the Zouk Slow Wave & Sway

Learn how to do the zouk slow wave and sway in this Latin dance video from Howcast.

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Henri: Hi, guys. I'm Henri and Ashle, and we're going to show you the slow movements, the wave and the sway, in Zouk. So first let's demonstrate it for you. It's going to go in partners. And one, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun. That's your wave. And dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun. And that's your sway. Okay. So let's break it down for you. First show you the body movement, really quick, really easy. Wave, you start with the top of the head. You think about your spine going from one side to the other side. We're doing it a little bigger so you can see it. Also we can do it small, like dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, more casual. Right? Or you want to get all classy and crazy and freaky, you just . Boom. Yes. And we also have the sway. We lead with the hips. Hips, and then the head follows. Hips, and then the head follows. Yes? We can do it big, or we can do it small. Dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun.

Ashley: And then we partner up.

Henri: We partner up. So let's try that with our partner. So it goes like this. What you're going to do in count number one or , you lean toward the side you want to go. Right? In this case it would be the left and the lady's right. So dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, dun. How do you lead this? You lead this by the embrace of your right arm. So you really hug the lady really close to you, and you move your rib cage. It is really easy them to feel it. Right? So it begins on the one, and you go sway. You lead with the top of the head. So you can do the head a little bit, or you can just do the body. But as long as it goes like a snake. All right. Exactly. Good. And the sway is the same thing, where you're going to hold the lady, but we're going to lead with the hip. Going to lead with the hip, and they will go, "Okay. I'll lead with my hips, too." Yes? So it's about you telling them with your body. And then you continue the movement. You follow through. Yes? And all we're doing is moving with each other like water. Yes. That's all it is.

Ashley: And guys, it's essential that you're leading your girl. What I feel from Henri, I feel his arm leading my arm, and that's my signal. Basically once I feel, if I feel his arm going down, then I know that I'm going to lead with my hips. If I feel it going up, then I know that I'm going to change it and we're going to wave into it.

Henri: Yes. So we're going to demonstrate with the music. It's all about the music. When the music slows down, you slow down as well. Yes? So here we go, with the left. We go dun, chick, chick, dun, chick, chick, that's your wave. And also with the sway. Sway. Sways you lead with the hips. Always the right arm leading the lady. You want to give them a little support. Yeah? And one. And sway. Sway.

Ashley: This is a great move to practice your communication with your partner. See if you guys are really listening to each other.

Henri: Yes. Body language.

Ashley: Plus, it's sexy.

Henri: And that was your wave and your sway in Zouk.

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