Brazilian Zouk Weekender with Sydney Schiff!

Friday, October 8 –  Sunday, October 10

***COVID REQUIREMENTS: Due to the prolonged and intimate nature of contact at the Zouk Weekender, and attendees coming from outside of the Pittsburgh area, we will be requiring that all participants present proof of FULL vaccination (meaning 2 weeks have passed since you received your final dose) AND masks at all times.


Brazilian Zouk is an energetic, creative, and flowy Latin dance that originated from a Brazilian dance called Lambada, with influences from other Brazilian dances. It was often danced to a Caribbean style of music called Zouk, and this is where the name comes from! Brazilian Zouk is incredibly diverse (!), but here are a few sample videos of renowned and beloved dancers/instructors so that you can get a feel for the dance: Marck & Melissa (Marck is featured with Sydney in the picture above!), Ry’el & Jessica with Clo, and William & Paloma.


Friday from 7-11 pm: Beginner Intensive – A fast-paced intro and review of foundational material such as the basic step, Lateral, Viradinha, and other content covered in the June Weekender. Includes a full warm-up, 2 hour intensive, and a practica to solidify your foundations. Suitable for all levels.

Saturday from 3-7 pm: Brazilian Zouk Progressive – Build on your foundational Zouk knowledge with new patterns and transitions to build your repertoire. Includes a warm-up; patterns such as Abertura, Soltinho, Yo-Yo, Boomerang, and more; and a practica to solidify what you’ve learned. Some knowledge of foundational basics and/or attendance at the Friday workshop is recommended.

* 1-3 pm: Zouk 412 Community Brunch (location TBD)
* 3-6 pm: Head Movement Intensive – This masterclass will focus on safe and effective head movement for Zouk, providing techniques for leading and following both static and traveling head movement. It will start with foundational concepts such as body preparation and balão, building to more advanced techniques that incorporate head movement in traveling patterns and turns. Includes a warm-up, the two-hour masterclass, and a practica to put it all together. A solid understanding of Zouk basics and travelling movements, approval from the instuctor or organizer, and/or attendance at all previous weekend workshops is required. 


  • Early Bird Full Pass (Registration up to and including Oct. 3) $100
  • Standard Full Pass (Registration after Oct. 3): $130
  • Friday Only: $45
  • Saturday Only: $60
  • Sunday Only: $50

* Full Pass includes all workshops, practicas, and the Head Movement Masterclass
* Day Passes include workshops and practicas for the day specified
* Brunch will be at an outside location. Food and beverages are not included with passes.



Private lessons with Sydney Schiff are available by appointment throughout the weekend. These can be scheduled ahead of time by contacting Sydney directly on Facebook Messenger (@Sydney.Schiff) or by email ( You can also schedule by contacting Los Sabrosos Dance Co. at 412-465-0290.


Sydney Schiff is a Chicago-based contemporary dancer, dance educator, choreographer, and scholar. Her dance background includes a lifetime of ballet, modern, and jazz and over a decade of social dance training (Lindy Hop, competitive International Latin and Standard Ballroom, Blues, Fusion, and Brazilian Zouk). She received her Bachelor’s in History of Science and a Certificate in the Program in Dance from Princeton University and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan. While in graduate school, she researched Brazilian Zouk as a Fellow in the Center for World Performance Studies and upon graduating, traveled the world for a year to teach, study, and continue her research on the dance in preparation for future scholarship. ​In 2019, she settled in Chicago to teach and produce Zouk and Fusion dance events while continuing to travel extensively to teach, perform, and compete. She currently directs a contemporary dance team for Evolución Latina Dance Company and since March 2020 has offered daily online drop-in classes for Zouk and crossover dancers that continue to keep students moving, inspired, and motivated through this difficult time. 

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