In the beautiful tropical paradise of northeastern Brazil, there is a city called Porto Seguro, Bahia. It is in this city that a Portuguese explorer “discovered” Brazil in 1500, and it is also the place where the Lambada was born!
Lambada, with its music and energetic tropical dancers, exploded with popularity in the 1980s and 1990s throughout Brazil and the world with bands like Kaoma and Beto Barbosa. Kaoma made numerous international tours bringing the joy of Lambada to great success in Europe, Asia and South America. Famous dancers at Kaoma including Chico & Roberta, and the brothers Didi and Braz dos Santos.
Later, the Lambada dancers began dancing to the tropical rhythms of Zouk music from the Caribbean and Angola. Thus, modern dance became known as Zouk Lambada (lambada danced zouk music). Today there are two main styles of Zouk Lambada: Rio de Janeiro-style, and Porto-style Safe. Both styles were developed from the original Lambada of Porto Seguro.
Rio Zouk Lambada is strongly influenced by contemporary dance and ballet movements. It is always danced at the count of 3, is more linear in its movements, and usually danced to the slower zouk music.
The style of Porto Seguro Zouk Lambada (also known as “Lambazouk”) remains true to the original Lambada spirit, maintaining many of the original Lambada movements and combinations, and is usually danced to zouk-tropical music with a Caribbean flavor. It can dance in either the 1 or 3 count, i.e. its circular movements in this, and is characterized by its sense of freedom, happiness and great energy.
Masters of the Safe Harbor style Zouk Lambada (Lambazouk) who teach / perform internationally and inspire dancers around the world include Didi dos Santos and Braz dos Santos (of Kaoma), Josy Borges, Patricia Cruz, and Bebe.
The largest and most prestigious Zouk Lambada Congress in the world is held twice a year in Porto Seguro, Brazil: the cradle of Lambada and one of the most beautiful places on earth!
What is LambaZouk?
LambaZouk is the fusion of Lambada with Zouk music but with a more modern touch as it incorporates the fusion of steps of different dance styles such as tango, salsa, merengue and more.
The main characteristic of LambaZouk is the circular movement of the girl’s hips, as well as the precious movement of the women’s head and hair when dancing.
The man is the one who guides the woman maintaining the step without hindering it and unbalancing it. Its function is to propose the movements to the woman so that she can show off and shine on the dance floor.
The woman has the very important function of responding to all the markings while maintaining the posture for all his movements are fine and delicate, making undulations with the body, being flexible to bend and moving gently in a circular head.
Differences and similarities between LAMBADA, LAMBAZOUK and ZOUK
Below we show you 4 aspects in which these dances are different or similar.
1. Lambada and Lambazouk as a dance are similar.
Nowadays the Lambada dance uses ZOUK music, since Lambada as a musical genre has been almost forgotten, so it is undoubtedly the union of a dance and a musical genre.
2. Zouk and Lambazouk come from Lambada.
Both dances are similar in root and use similar techniques, but are danced with steps specific to each style. Although both dances are undoubtedly wonderful.
3. In Lambazouk the movements of hip, head and hair predominate.
As a general rule, when dancing lambazouk, hip, head and hair movements predominate. In addition to an unstoppable basic step that remains constant. We could almost say that it is an urban style.
4. In Zouk, the longest movements and stops predominate.
When dancing Zouk and although there are different styles of ZOUK, the longest movements predominate, although also the movements of head and hair, but there are also time stamping stops with the feet, highlighting the movements of body and arms.