Zouktime 2011 - Czech, check!

I recently went to Brno for the 2nd Zouktime congress - an international zouk and lambada event. A weekend with excellent teachers, good venues, great parties, fantastic shows... There were six of us FinZoukers and about 15 other nationalites, altogether over 250 people. The organisers had clearly made an effort to make the event interesting and each feel welcome.



It was great to see the development in myself since the last (and my first) congress three months ago in Sweden! And I was surprised I'm starting to get more into the lambazouk style with its faster tempo and snappier movements. But I still have a firm hold on the slower and more creative Rio zouk as well.

I really enjoyed taking all the workshops even despite being completely sleep deprived after the "no end time" parties :D I'm always amazed how open, happy and down to earth all the zouk dancers and teachers are. My hat really goes off to the teachers: was excited to see how well they performed, especially those that got coupled with partners that have a different dance style, in a surprise Jack & Jill one minute dance-off. I also got to be one of the judges! Adilio Porto & Natasha Terekhina won and Renato Veronezi & Solage Dias came in second place.

Looking forward to the next congress (yes, I have something already planned)! 

Mr. FinZouk watching over the dancefloor

Mr. FinZouk watching over the dancefloor

The teachers' introduction! What planet are these zoukers from??

The teachers' introduction! What planet are these zoukers from??

Workshopping aaaall daaaay looong - this one with Pasty and Eva :)

Workshopping aaaall daaaay looong - this one with Pasty and Eva :)

Spin spin spin: Gilson and Natasha

Spin spin spin: Gilson and Natasha


Prague

Prague! With the obligatory cambré :)

Prague! With the obligatory cambré :)

As this was my first trip to the Czech Republic I wasn't going to pass up visiting Prague - it's only a few hours buss drive away! Read a bit more about Prague in the next post.