Zouk (=party in Creole) is a hi-tech music style which is very popular on the French Antilles islands (Guadeloupe and Martinique) and the African islands of Cape Verde. Zouk was created in the late ’70s by a small group of Guadeloupian musicians residing in Paris.
Traditional African and Caribbean rhythms were put into a computer which resulted in a kind of ‘Caribi-Dance’. The current Zouk music has a wide variety of styles, but the typical Zouk rhythm can be recognised clearly in each style.
Zouk is a sensual and graceful partner dance that has evolved from Lambada, a dance which was born in Porto Seguro, Bahia, Brazil. This partnerdance is characterized by its ‘wavy’ movements with many turns. It includes elements common to Hustle, Salsa, Merengue, Samba, Swing and others. The music makes you feel like you can’t sit still. Zouk is not only an elegant, graceful and beautiful dance, but also good exercise, stress relieving, and especially fun!