Zouk Me Gently!

Dance Performances are common in Los Angeles. There are those found at popular venues and there are those found on the street.
LA County, being the heart of LA Metropolitan area, sees it share of transient populations coming as tourists, actors, homeless, and some immigrants who stop over before continuing on their journey to others parts of the country. Not far from the California coastline, Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade serves as a venue for street vendors, performers, fortune tellers, and public dancing. Every Sunday afternoon, except on rainy days, the Salsa Familia meets just south of Wilshire Blvd. to dance salsa, bachata, zouk, rueda de casino, and cha cha cha. Sometimes there are surprise performances or appearances by dancers who come to share their own love of dancing a specific dance. The following video features Ivo VIEIRA and Shani MAYER. They double as Zouk and Kizomba instructors based in Los Angeles as well as performers in congresses. Ivo and Shani are single handily changing the dance culture in Los Angeles to include Zouk and Kizomba.

Are Dancers Genetically Different?


Dancing, which is integrally related to music, likely has its origins close to the birth of Homo sapiens, and throughout our history, dancing has been universally practiced in all societies. We hypothesized that there are differences among individuals in aptitude, propensity, and need for dancing that may partially be based on differences in common genetic polymorphisms. Identifying such differences may lead to an understanding of the neurobiological basis of one of mankind’s most universal and appealing behavioral traits—dancing.

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This research may not take into account the different types of dancers in salsa, bachata, kizomba, merengue, break dancing, dance hall, cabaret, pole dancers, etc.

or a comical dance group like the ones in this video.

Bachata Warm-up #1 to “Tu Boca” by Andres Cabas

Bachata Warm-up #1 to “Tu Boca” by Andres Cabas 

Most bachata dance performances outside of the Dominican Republic tend to be fast paced and heavily influenced by salsa movement. The level of originality drops drastically to the point that you can switch a bachata song for a salsa song, and you may still see a resemblance in the dance movements performed.

For those of us who want to do exercise at home, there are the usual options of turning on the radio, playing the music video channel, playing an iTunes list, pulling the yoga mat out and stretching on the floor. But there is also the option of dancing to bachata, salsa, or any other music that grabs our ears. This video is an example of how to simply listen to a a song and then move to it according to how the spirit moves you. It may help to be totally awake and to stretch before beginning to dance, so as to prevent any injuries that may cost you pain or discomfort in the future. The last thing you want is for anyone to perform surgery on you.