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Rules of the Game: Lambada Wifi with Devon Near-Hill + Zouk Social
June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Rules of the Game: Lambada Wifi (on Brazillian Zouk timing) with Devon Near-Hill
Ever seen lambada danced without physical connection? No, it’s not improvisation! Lambada is unique in that its structure allows for non-verbal, non-tactile communication. Learning a few key rules that have to do with spatial orientation, inclination, and timing, will help you play on the dance floor when that traditional song comes on! This is an excellent way to connect and share a common language, especially if you are practicing social distancing.
Learn how to invite and be invited to move in circular vs linear pathways as well as change direction using nothing but your spatial relationship to your partner(s) on the floor.
Use the timing to your advantage! Learn how to move on the proper count in order to convey movements with accuracy and flow.
Different timing and direction rules apply based on our proximity to our partner. This also includes getting closer/ further with one side of the body!
Class will include versions of movements you may already know (soltinho, lateral, abertura) using lambada technique and sauce that we will discover together in our warm-up.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< About the instructor: We are so excited to welcome Devon Near-Hill to Austin! Devon is a teaching and performing artist currently based in Northern California. Her movement background includes bellydance, ballet, salsa and modern dance. Devon fell in love lambada and Brazilian Zouk seven years ago and has since been exploring its depths. As an advocate for understanding the roots of a dance, she made the pilgrimage to Rio De Janeiro to perform with Renata Pecanha’s company and complete her teacher training, learned from Braz Dos Santos in his 50-hr teacher training in Key West, trained and toured with Mestre Gilson Damasco, and deeply immersed herself in the school Renata Pecanha USA directed by Cristi and Clinton. She won first place in the first ever lambada competition at New York City Zouk Festival and second place in the LA Zouk Festival Semipro US Zouk Open competition as the first female lead to ever compete. Devon produced & hosted LA’s only Lambada & Zouk social, ENERGIA in 2018. That same year she began collaborating with Jerry Lai to continue expanding his pedagogy, Deconstructing Zouk with the goal of creating versatile and connected dancers. To cultivate freedom of movement and safety in social dance for followers, Devon created The Efficient Follow curriculum. Together Devon & Jerry went on tour to teach both programs in London, Washington DC, Warsaw, Paris, and are now teaching online! Devon recently became certified as a Judge for the Brazilian Zouk Council and scored her first intermediate competition in January 2020. Devon’s goal is to use information from multiple modalities to create well-rounded and informed dancers who move from the inside out. She is so excited to share with you! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< June 20 | 6 - 7:30 PM Workshop 7:30 - ?? Social Esquina Tango Austin $25 Workshop + Social $8 Social Only Venmo: @alexrobertsatx Paypal: paypal.me/arob10