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ZoukDanceCamp

Unlock Your Full Potential

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this an intensive Bootcamp?

No-no-no! Our concept is NOT about being intensive and cramming as much information and details as possible into your mind & body! Far from this actually and why our new learning concept is truly unique! It’ll be fun, comfortable and we’ll be working at a steady pace within limits WITHOUT burning you out otherwise it’ll become very counter-productive!

We carefully select top international Teachers to work with by having spent years observing & assessing each teachers’ teaching methodologies and how receptive to students at different stages of their dance developments. As a result, we have a good understanding of a beneficial roadmap!

In our experience, some teacher’s teaching methods will accelerate your development, while some will slow you down or even stunt your growth when not learned at the right stages.

Nearly a decade of observation, we’ve noticed many students take away lots of information at other Bootcamps/Congresses/Festivals, but never spends an adequate amount of practice time in a controlled environment to seriously develop these knowledge & technique into their bodies as a natural movement. Hence why it takes much longer to progress than it really should!

WITH US, YOU WILL SPEND YOUR TIME TO LEARN & REFINE TECHNIQUES, HERE AND THEN!!!

NO MORE TAKE-AWAY NEW INFORMATION, INSTEAD, IT’LL BE TAKE-AWAY NEW WORKING TECHNIQUES!!!

You will find the pace of our workshops are generally slower than other workshops you’ve come across or experienced. The key focus for each topic we set out is to build on top of the pre-requisite movements, and the next big question is HOW?!

As you are all experienced dancers already, you understand finding that feeling where the technique feels right is so important and is the key to mastery. Once you have identified that feeling for the very first time, it’s only a matter of being able to replicate that feeling despite all the variables during any dance.

At ZoukDanceCamp, we fixed certain variables; same partners, no rotation, size of the class, speed/pace of the workshop, similar dancers’ level/stage, all very passionate & similar mindset in learning, the best teachers we felt to teach these topics, and more!

This help controls our learning environment in such a way that it highly increases the chance of finding that right technique feeling during your stay here with us, as we progress through each topic. You will spend plenty of time EXPLORING the dynamics for each new technique and understand how the subtle changes affect or impact each movement (positively or negatively) & your partner, while still trying to find or maintain that right technique feeling!

In summary, our ultimate goal while you here staying with us is to help students (you);

  1. Find each new technique feeling first,
  2. Become capable of replicating it with your selected partner,
  3. Lastly, a kick-start to develop permanently into your body/mind/soul as a natural movement!

Now, this is a great 3-step starter because your future goal would be to take what you have developed with us and continue building further experience out in the Dance World. You do this by continuing to find ways to replicate that same feeling for each technique with any dancers you dance with! It’s a pretty neat learning system/environment we’ve engineered for you, isn’t it? 🙂

Why is ZoukDanceCamp priced more compared to other Dance Festivals?

Firstly, it’s best to read the content on our Homepage if you haven’t because it covers how our ZoukDanceCamps are packaged. Our price covers major costs consisting of professional fees for top international artists/teachers, flights, hospitality, venue rental, equipment, staff, event insurance, marketing, and many other compounding costs.

One major price factor is the capped limit on available spots. There is a maximum of 32 spots (16 couples) – this number includes our team members who are there to run and support the ZoukDanceCamp, which means the costs are spread across a much smaller number of people. Our key focus is on learning quality.

ZoukDanceCamp is a controlled learning environment which means we plan the details of every aspect including your wellbeing during your stay with us. By removing any key elements would reduce the effectiveness of the whole ZoukDanceCamp experience.

ZoukDanceCamp versus other Dance Festivals are two completely different types of events and can not be compared because they offer different purposes & values. The price you pay for with us is exponential to what you get back in terms of dance education and it’s something we’re very proud to be able to offer.

We do understand our ZoukDanceCamps isn’t going to meet everyone’s budget or perceived value because everyone seeks different types of value.

For clarity, the value we offer is in building & engineering accelerated learning experiences for those who want to invest in greater learning and personal dance development.

To reach your dancing goals the quickest way are never shortcuts, but with the right guidance, we can help you navigate past all the obstacles and challenges. The last thing you want is wasting time and being counter-productive by having to unlearn bad habits and restarting again. This is one of the most common problems in today’s learning and ZoukDanceCamp was formed to tackle these problems.

We’re very proud of our quality and the attention to detail in all our ZoukDanceCamps and will never lower the costs which would compromise its first-class service delivery.

Why do our social parties finish so early?

The focus of our ZoukDanceCamps is learning & self-development. Yes, there will be at least 4-hours of a social party every night and you may feel this is not enough! As mentioned in the FAQ question above, we consider your wellbeing as a priority to maximize your learning & development. We want you to rest and be fresh for the workshops and practices because resting is also part of your training!

To give you some context of how sleep works:

Different yet equally important restorative work happens during deep sleep (stage 3) and REM sleep (stage 4).

Deep sleep is crucial for physical renewal, hormonal regulation, and growth…

In REM sleep — stage 4 in the sleep cycle — the brain processes and synthesizes memories and emotions, activity that is crucial for learning and higher-level thought. A lack of REM sleep results in slower cognitive and social processing, problems with memory, and difficulty concentrating. The same 2008 sleep poll found that people who sleep less than 6 hours per night during the workweek are twice as likely as their better-rested colleagues to report difficulty in concentrating.

There will be longer lunch breaks so you can relax and take a power nap if you must!

“Power naps are real and help you feel refreshed”, says Dr. O’Brien.

Source: Harvard Business Review – https://hbr.org/2009/01/why-sleep-is-so-important.html

This is also one of the main reasons why we select comfortable hotels with better beds & mattresses because there is a difference. With the right mattresses you can get optimal rest, while with the wrong mattresses, it may cause interrupted REM cycles from discomfort and making you feel restless and lack of focus during the day.

What language are the workshops taught in?

All workshops will be taught in English. It’s the international language we expect our teachers to be competent and comfortable with.

Why do we highly recommend registering as a couple and have no rotations during workshops & assisted practice time?

We wanted you to be in control and be happy selecting your own partner to work with together.

This gives you the chance to know your partner because it’s all part of building trust & teamwork by supporting each other’s growth & development during your stay with us!

Our rationale is based on our answers in the last question “Is this an intensive Bootcamp?”, so we’ve fixed this variable to help control the learning environment for maximal benefit.

What if I can’t find a partner to sign up with?

We will always recommend and ask you to try and find a partner, however, if you are struggling, then there is an option for single registration where all the single participants will rotate equally with other single participants. For clarity, you will not be rotating with those signed up with partners.

How does rotation work for single participants?

If you are a single participant, you can not suddenly decide to permanently partner up with one of the other single participants during the ZoukDanceCamp. You can, however, partner up before the ZoukDanceCamp starts by notifying us of the change.

All single participants are expected to rotate every 10-20mins during workshops. The teachers will call out when to rotate. Single participants will be expected to rotate fairly to all the single participants and are not allowed to skip anyone.

This strict policy is to ensure fairness for all single participants. As a single participant, you may find someone you want to partner up with for future ZoukDanceCamps, so this is a good way to help find and match synergy.

What if I don’t meet all the pre-requisites but still want to join?

Spots will always be offered first to those that meet all the pre-requisites. We may offer remaining spots to those who meet at least 80% of pre-requisites (sorry, no less than this). If this is the case, then we don’t expect you to understand all the topics and you can work at your own pace with your registered partner. For pre-requisites you do not know or lacking, we do ask you to be extra mindful not to slow the class down with questions for those particular topics.

Do we have to partner up as female and male couples when signing up?

No, you can sign up as male / female, female / female, male / male. As long as you are partnered as a lead and a follow. We know many dancers who love dancing in both roles!

Most of the best dancers had learned to lead and follow, which is what makes them outstanding because they understand from both points of view! Maybe you should give it a go and learn the other role?  😉

What is a typical day format at ZoukDanceCamp?

A typical day with us would be like:

07:00 – 10:00 Breakfast (3 hours)
10:00 – 11:00 Non-assisted Practice / Free-Time (1 hour)
11:00 – 12:00 Workshop (1 hour)
12:00 – 13:30 Teacher Assisted Practice (1.5 hours)
13:30 – 16:00 Lunch (2.5 hours)
15:00 – 16:00 Non-assisted Practice / Free-Time / Nap (1 hour)
16:00 – 17:00 Workshop (1 hour)
17:00 – 18:30 Teacher Assisted Practice (1.5 hours)
19:00 – 21:00 Dinner (2 hours)
21:00 – 22:00 Free-Time (1 hour)
22:00 – 02:00 Social Party (4 hours)

[Times TBC] Additional Private Classes (Optional Extra)

* Each day may vary slightly, but this is our typical daily schedule. We may have a special day which is a completely different format.

If we signed up with fixed partners, no rotations during the workshop. Can we still switch partners with our friends or with other partners if we want to?

Yes, you can switch partners with their consent, but only before or after a workshop. Each workshop is 1.0 or 1.5 hours long.

This flexible option is useful if you decide to sign up with a group of friends who are all working together to level up (or newly made friends while you’re here!).

Is there practice time outside of workshops?

Yes! After every 1.0 or 1.5-hour workshop, there is always a 1.0 or 1.5-hour teacher assisted practice time working on the covered topic.

We highly encourage using the non-assisted practice time and it’s for you to decide how much. Before and after workshops & teacher assisted practice time you will have use of the dance floors, so please feel free to use this space for practice! This is a great time to coordinate practice with other students and also chat with everyone. We would love to hear you sharing ideas, thoughts, and feedback with each other, with the teachers and with us!

Can we rotate during teacher assisted & non-assisted practice time?

Yes, if you want to! During teacher assisted & non-assisted practice time, we do ENCOURAGE you to switch partners! There is no obligation to switch, however, many participants after successfully working it through with their own partners like training with other partners.

Will privates classes be available?

Yes, we’ll coordinate a spreadsheet between students and the teachers for those interested.

We encourage taking advantage of privates with the teachers, especially if there are pre-requisites which you know are weakest at or didn’t fully meet to help bridge this gap. Please bear in mind that other students may also be using the dance floor during your privates.

How do room sharing works?

All our guests will be in two people per room for a comfortable stay and experience. During registration, we will ask whether you would like your beds to be Twin (2 single beds) or Double (1 large bed). We currently do not have any plans for three or four people per room sharing.

When registering to any of our ZoukDanceCamps, we will ask if you are okay to share with your chosen/random partner or prefer to share with the same-sex (female & female or male & male).

We are very flexible to make this work for you and will not force you into any uncomfortable situations.

Is there an option for a single room (non-sharing)?

We currently do not offer such an option. If this special request is a requirement for you, please contact us and discuss because each hotel we use has a limited number of rooms available or allocated for our ZoukDanceCamp guests.

Does it include shuttle or airport transfer to and from the hotel venue?

No, because all participants are traveling from different countries, transportation, and time of day which makes it’s extremely difficult to coordinate pick-up locations that are cost-effective. Therefore we ask all participants to plan their own journey to the hotel venue. Once you’re here, we’ll take care of the rest!

To assist you with traveling, we do create Travel/Transport Guides to and from the nearest airports. Each event page will have a link to the Travel/Transport Guide for its selected hotel venue.

What is the refund policy if I have to cancel?

We offer refunds on and before 6 weeks prior to an event’s start date with a standard charge of €25 + 1% total price per person which will be deducted from the amount to cover for bank fees and administration costs. Please note for non-Euro refunds, the amount you receive back may vary slightly due to exchange rates which are out of our control.

6 weeks up to an event, ticket passes become non-refundable, however, only with our written consent then passes will be transferable to another person’s name. This is to ensure pre-requisites are met.

What if I have a problem during the ZoukDanceCamp?

We make ourselves visible throughout the ZoukDanceCamp. Should you need any assistance, please speak with one of the D&H team members:

Testimonials

I attended 5 days Zouk Dance Camp with Ludek and Monika organised by Hoi and Domi in Feb 2019. Ludek and Monika’s commitment to excellence was be seen throughout the boot camp starting with quality and professionalism. They focused on building confidence, encouraging movement, and nurturing a love of dance with the attention to detail, focus, and discipline.

I really enjoyed the Ludek and Monika boot camp. I got a lot of useful personal feedback and experienced a very comfortable learning environment. Hoi and Domi were very attentive and helpful. I will definitely attend more of their events!

Beautiful place, lovely crowd, and amazing teachers: Domi and Hoi did a wonderful job in creating a space to really dive into technique and work, each at their own pace, while also having time to take a break and relax! Can‘t wait to see u all again in June (with Brenda and Anderson)

I was at the first dance camp and the sittings and surroundings were really nice. They took good care of everybody and made sure everyone was happy. At the start the food wasn’t enough at lunch, but they did all they could to make it up again to get make sure we got enough. The dance was a really nice setup and really good instructors. I can highly recommend these types of event and the coordinators will make sure all have a good experience.

Been to Domi&Hoi’s project, who was absolutely incredible. A beautiful location, delicious food, good people and good vibes. Everyone involved in producing this amazing project really gives their heart and soul into it, and it’s clearly seen. I will definitely go to their events again, and I’d recommend that to everyone. Until next time! 😁

We had such an amazing group sharing the same goal and the same excitement about studying this beautiful and also hard technique. We helped each other for hours to release the hips and remember how to walk again. We didn’t just study together; we ate together, drank together, joked together, danced together, sang together, enjoyed the jacuzzi together… My little ZDC Family, I already miss you all so much!! I cannot imagine a better atmosphere to learn. We are extremely motivated to create a Brenderson army in Europe with the help of Hoi, Domi and the lovely Anderson & Brenda. See you guys in the next one!!

Hoi and Domi were excellent in organizing everything and making sure they were catering to the needs of the participants. I will seek out events organized by these two in the future.

Wauw is simply the best word to express my experience with Brenda and Anderson as teachers and Hoi and Domi as organisers. B&A’s teaching was so different from all the other teachers I have learned from. I was blown away of the simplicity and it was amazing how my dance changed during the week. “Figures” and movements that I always have learned with a frame and having tension suddenly became much easier when relaxing (a big part of B&A’ s teaching). Also, I enjoyed the air, water, earth concept which brought a totally new dimension to musicality. Finally, I was amazed by their explanation of how to use the hips – again very simple but so different from all other teachers.

The Anderson and Brenda week was simply incredible. I’ve learned so much and changed my way of dancing from the first day on. What we did, was not only for dancing but very much for ourselves. We learned how to relax and let go of the tension in our body and mind. We focused on different topics every day and put them all together in the end. This was so much more than just a dance class! I love the way how A&B teach and gave their best, to make our mind and our body understand. I swear, I was never as relaxed in my entire life as during this week and I wanted to stay there forever. I came back home, absolutely relaxed and with a very happy mind, 😊 I can’t wait for the next one! ❤️

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