Zouk Lambada is a Brazilian dance style, which has evolved from Lambada and is now commonly danced to the French Caribbean music style Zouk as well pop, RnB styles of music. It is fast growing around the world as one of the
most popular Latin dance styles and has a huge following in most countries in the world. Zouk Lambada is an essential style for those wanting to get out among the Latin dance scene in Brisbane and anywhere in the world – many people travel all over the world to congresses specialising on this style!
Zouk-Lambada (also called Lambada-Zouk or Brazilian Zouk) is a Latin dance from Brazil. It is composed of a group of closely related dance styles based on or evolved from the lambada dance style and is typically danced to zouk music or other music containing the zouk beat. The name Brazilian Zouk is used to distinguish the dance both from the Caribbean Zouk, to which it is historically related, and from the Lambada dance style. The two dominant styles of Zouk-Lambada are the Porto-Seguro style and the Rio-style. The word Lambazouk is often used to refer exclusively to one or the other style depending on the region you are in. The Zouk-Lambada dancing styles are among the most popular non-ballroom dances for couples in Brazil (others being Forró, Lambada, Samba de Gafieira). Sensual and beautiful, it is danced in couples to a one-two-three beat. This type of rhythm comes from the fusion of Carimbó and Merengue, the dance itself incorporating elements of Maxixe, Samba, Merengue, and Forró. History of the danceLambada first appeared in north eastern Brazil in the 1980s, having descended directly from the traditional Brazilian dance Carimbó. The dance became very popular in Salvador and Bahia and soon established itself in the city of Porto Seguro. However, the 1980s was a decade of national dance fever in Brazil where each summer a new dance craze would sweep the nation, only to be replaced by a new dancing style and rhythm the next year. Thus, despite the initial success of the dance, Lambada was at this point far from gaining global fame and recognition. Many of the first “lambaterias” (dance houses devoted to dancing Lambada) which opened in 1988 couldn’t survive the low season and closed a few months later.If it hadn’t been for two French businessmen, Lambada may have disappeared altogether. Seeing a lucrative business opportunity, these two men from Europe travelled to Brazil and bought the copyright to over 300 Lambada tracks. They then recruited a group of experienced dancers. On returning to France they founded the Kaoma Band which was an immediate global success. Their first single reached number one in 64 different countries and the world was introduced to Lambada. The dance returned to Brazil, from Europe, and another wave of Lambada swept the nation, this time reaching all parts of the country, including the economically evolved south east region. Lambada soon became one of Brazil’s biggest cultural exports, as internationally recognised as the Samba.However, by 1994, very little new Lambada music was being produced and Lambada composers began to fade away. The dance lost a lot of its appeal and hordes of dancers migrated to other more traditional dance styles. Those who remained loyal to Lambada started to seek other Caribbean music styles such as Soca and Zouk to dance Lambada too. Other non-Caribbean music was also incorporated such as the Flamenco Rumba from the Gipsy Kings and some Arabic music. Most of the music we now dance Lambada to is Zouklove. As a result some people now call Lambada “Zouk-Lambada”. This is, however, misleading – the dance is still Lambada in essence and origin, despite the different music and influences surrounding it.