Find a place that provides classes. Google it! Or, if you are itching to travel, go to Buenos Aires for many options. Again, use google to find classes. If you have problems, call Brazilian dance clubs or place an ad on Craigslist. Be sure to emphasize that you really want to learn the dance and that ‘lambada’ is not a euphemism for anything else.
Lambada dancers come in all shapes and sizes so do not be shy (and besides, I can guarantee you will drop pounds fast if you keep dancing). In any case, the basic step is one-two-three. Use your hips and keep your shoulders firm. If the most difficult part of this dance is the woman following the man, why it is so important that he knows what he is doing.
It’s time to train on your own (yes, at least two in you). This is a partner dance, and success depends on you and your partner can feel each other’s movements. It’s time to dump her and move on. It took me a long time to do this, and it becomes completely natural after a while.
Once you’ve learned not to dance like two teens on a chaperoned prom and hopefully some of the steps, now’s the time to hide your partner. One of the problems that many dancers encounter is that you tend to get used to your partner’s movements and style. Unlike real life, it is very good to move from partner to partner. Different partners will have different techniques and even make different mistakes. No matter what, the key is to dance, dance, dance!
5. Now that you’ve been hoping, it’s time to give you some hard facts about your newly acquired hobby. First of all, zouk is very rare, so it is difficult to find places to dance in the United States. Second, we lambada enthusiasts no longer refer to that lambada. We actually refer to it as ‘zouk lambada’ (zouk for short) and we dance it to zouk music, which is usually in French (believe me, it’s better if you do not know the meaning of some of the cheeseball lyrics anyway). Finally, there are different styles of zouk lambada … in Porto Seguro zouk apparently means throwing the woman around, while Buenos Aires zouk means twists, turns, dips and romantic moves. But in Rio de Janeiro there are no dips and head movements, just super slow dancing.
Tips and warnings
I know, I know. You’ve heard of Lambada. It’s the freaky forbidden dance, right? Wrong! It is true that it is danced very closely and you should carefully develop a connection with your dance partner (but it is mostly so you know before they point you in the eye with their elbow or other body part), but the dance is actually quite complex and beautiful. Give it a try! Here’s how.