District Zouk Team Auditions: Brazuka Team & Followers Team


Wed Jun 12 2024 at 08:30 pm to 10:00 pm


DanceSport DuPont Circle | Washington, DC

Welcome back to a new season of our District Zouk training and performance teams!
We are very excited for this next season of 2024 where we aim to create a learning experience for those who are passionate and serious with their learning.
This audition will be for two different teams:
- Brazuka Training Team with Alisson Sandi & Hermela Alemayehu
- District Zouk Followers’ Team with Elena the Rhinestone

This partner training team will work on techniques for social dancing. In this season, the team will meet over 7 weeks with 90-minute weekly sessions. Each class will be split into 3 modes: Solo, Partner work and Challenge. Below are some of the expectations and guidelines that we have carefully crafted in order to have the most transparency of the expectations and benefits.
Who is this Training Team for?
This team is aimed at dancers who:
- LOVE to dance and are looking for more opportunities to level-up;
- Have a desire to improve their skills through continuous learning, feedback, corrections and A LOT of repetition;
- Are able to share their time and growth with others;
- Will prioritize everyone’s growth as high as their own;
- Willing to motivate one another while lifting their collective results;
- Values trust, understanding, connection, quality of movement, safety and inclusivity;
- Have the discipline to continuously invest time outside of the weekly training sessions for additional practice sessions, as well as, dedicated training in strength, endurance, control and flexibility and cross-training.
What do I get out of being part of a Training Team?
Amongst numerous additions to your dance knowledge and repertoire, you will:
- Enjoy the magic and beauty of strength of friendship;
- Be surrounded by other dancers who share your goals;
- Improve your observation and learning skills and become a stronger technician;
- Improve social dynamics by learning the importance of understanding, patience and flexibility;
- Have the opportunity to cross-train with other dances and teaching styles;
- Create friendships and opportunities that will help you achieve your goals;

This team is mainly focused on solo zouk technique, with some emphasis on cross-training in other styles such as ballet and samba to enhance your zouk. Each class starts with technique coaching followed by performance training. We will learn and perfect choreography to perform and compete at various events. Elena strives to create a supportive and encouraging learning environment, down to choosing performance costumes that fit a wide range of body types and comfort levels.

- Alisson’s Brazuka Training Team is for dancers with extensive Brazilian Zouk knowledge (2+ years of serious training recommended, or equivalent) who have focus and dedication for improving skills.
- Elena’s District Zouk Followers Team is open to dancers of all genders, bodies, backgrounds, and roles who would like to challenge themselves.
- All team members should be respectful, adaptable, reliable, accountable, and have a supportive attitude.

Where and When?
Wednesday, June 12th
DanceSport Dupont Circle (District Zouk)
8:30 pm - 10 pm
What to expect:
The audition will be a ‘workshop style’ session that’s similar to one of our team trainings. You'll get a sense of how the team works and whether it's a good fit.
Audition cost: $25

Brazuka Team Weekly Trainings:
- Wednesdays from 9:00 - 10:30 pm
- Dancesport Dupont Circle (2201 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037)
- June 19 - July 31 (7 weeks)
District Zouk Followers Team Weekly Trainings:
- Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm
- Dance Loft on 14 (4618 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20011)
- June 27 until October 10 (15 weeks, no practice July 4)

- Brazuka Team: $100/month for 2 months
- District Zouk Followers Team: $110/month for 4 months
- Discount for members of multiple teams of $10/month/team
- Team members get discounts for progressive classes, workshops, and socials, and free entry to Monday Level 1&2 and practicas.

1. Purchase a ticket here: https://www.danceplace.com/ticket/buy/13502
2. Complete our survey before the audition: https://forms.gle/7bUNBJumtr8KeUA2A

Alisson Sandi began his dance career at the age of 15 in São Paulo, Brazil, where he was born. Over the years he trained in Brazilian, Latin and International Ballroom dancing with Jaime Arôxa, Renata Peçanha, Alex de Carvalho, Rodrigo Delano, and others. In 2007, he joined the Juan Rando Dance Academy (JRDA) in Perth, Australia, and stayed in Australia through 2019 teaching in multiple cities and around the world. Alisson has held performances and workshops in over 41 countries, and holds titles including 2x Pro World Champion, 3x Australian Pro Champion, and Winner/Finalist of various BZDC All Stars/Champions Jack and Jill Comps. He is one of the the founders and the first choreographers of the International Zouk Flash Mob. He has also been an official judge for the Brazilian Zouk Dance Council since its first competition event. Alisson has a passion for teaching and is known for his attention to detail and effective instruction in dance techniques. Recently Alisson completed the 50-hour lambada certification course with Master Braz, and is looking forward to practicing and teaching more lambada and sharing it with the dancers and community here and in Washington, DC.
Elena is a Brazilian zouk instructor, performer, and DJ, originally from California. She has a diverse background of many different arts and sports including gymnastics, parkour, ballet/jazz/modern/contemporary dance, and various partner dances. She began partner dancing in 2014, and has since competed at collegiate ballroom events, completed certifications in multiple dance courses, and taught classes all over the world. Her preferred styles of dance are Brazilian zouk and samba de gafieira, but she also dances bachata, salsa, West Coast Swing, and forró, while dabbling in many others. The nickname “Rhinestone” refers to her love for sparkly accessories, but also to her constant development of inner sparkle and inspiration. She is a passionate advocate for body neutrality and acceptance, and she loves to incorporate this into her teaching so that people of all body types can learn to dance! She also blogs about body positivity, mental health, and personal growth (therhinestone.medium.com). In 2019, she visited DC for a weekend event and fell in love with the welcoming atmosphere and dedication of the local dancers. In 2021 she moved cross-country to join the District Zouk core team as an instructor! She loves helping to further grow the incredible community in DC.

Where is it happening?

DanceSport DuPont Circle, 2201 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037-1033, United States,Washington D.C.

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