This year we’re very excited to be highlighting Zouk on the Gold Coast.

Some of the highlights of this year’s event for Zoukieros will be:

Zouk Jack ‘n’ Jill Competition

The Australian Dance Cup Zouk Jack ‘n’ Jill competition will be held in the afternoon/evening of Saturday 28th April 2018 in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, in our Beach Marquee location and is a registry event that is approved by and affiliated with the Brazilian Zouk Dance Council (BZDC).

To be eligible to compete you must have already purchased an Australian Dance Cup Competitors Pass before the closing date of entries.


Zouk Introductory Instructors Training

Immersion course with Kadu & Larissa

In this 4 hour immersion course designed for dancers who are either currently teaching, or looking at increasing their knowledge with the prospect of some day becoming instructors, Kadu & Larissa will cover the fundamentals of both Teaching and of Zouk itself.

  • Gain more intricate knowledge of Zouk as a dance style
  • Learn the fundamentals of teaching technique for dance
  • Receive a participation certificate upon completion of the course

Cost: $100

NOTE: You must already have a valid ADC Competitor Pass or Full Pass in order to participate.

Zouk & Kizomba party room

In our Level 2 Ballroom at the Mantra on View, we will have a dedicated Zouk & Kizomba room every night of the event, with some great DJ’s on deck.

Our Zouk DJ’s plus more to be announced soon…

Zouk Artists & Workshops

Kadu Pires & Larissa Thayane

World renowned Latin dance professionals Kadu Pires and Larissa Thayane are originally from Brazil, and are now residents of Los Angeles. They spend up to half of each year travelling – teaching, performing, choreographing and judging at the world’s most important Latin dance events and competitions.

Since 2007, they have toured extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Europe, North and South America. They have been instrumental in boosting the popularity of Brazilian zouk and samba de gafieira internationally. Their credits include competition wins and television appearances in Brazil and in Australia, including choreography for So You Think You Can Dance Australia.

During his 20-year dance career, Kadu built a reputation as one of the best young dancers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before being recognised as a samba de gafieira and samba no pe dancer and instructor of reference for Brazil’s new dance generation. He has worked as a dancer, instructor and choreographer for high profile dance companies in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, including the Jimmy de Oliveira Dance Academy and Company and the Alex de Carvalho Dance Academy and Company.

Larissa is trained in all styles of dance. She has worked as a professional ballet and contemporary dancer for the Youth Theatre Company of Rio de Janeiro, travelling and performing throughout Brazil and the United States before studying Latin dance. Her career highlights include performing at The Kennedy Centre in Washington with the American Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, she started her studies in Latin dance and joined Jimmy de Oliveira’s samba de gafieira company and Alex de Carvalho’s Latin dance company specialising in Brazilian zouk.


Bruno & Sarah

Bruno Ferreira, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, is a professional choreographer, stage performer and dance instructor with almost two decades of experience in the field of dance and performing arts.

In July 2014, Bruno was recruited from Melbourne to join Rio Rhythmics as a full time instructor, performer, choreographer, trainer, student support coordinator & events coordinator in Brisbane.

In 2014 Bruno did a solo performance at the Melbourne Latin Festival, and was featured at Casa do Zouk and Doudoule Latin Dance Camp from 2014 – 2016, where he performed and conducted workshops.

Sarah has lived with dance in her life for the past 19 years. She started ballet classes when she was just 3 years old at Sayers Dance Centre in Kenmore, Brisbane. For the next 17 years she completed her Royal Academy of Dance Examinations, as well as learning contemporary and Jazz dance styles. For the last seven years Sarah has taught ballet and jazz to students as young as 3 to the senior dancers. She continues to teach these genres part time.

After 17 years of ballet, Sarah discovered a new love in the world of dance! She was introduced to a starter Latin dance class at Rio Rythmics, in the wonderful West End area of Brisbane. Discovering the range of Latin Dance styles and distinctive music captivated Sarah, who immersed herself in learning many styles including Brazilian Zouk, Salsa, Bachata, Samba de Gafiera, Samba no Pe, Bolero, Tango, Forro and Merengue.

She has performed in festivals including the Sydney Latin Dance Festival, Casa do Zouk in the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast Latin Festival, Movie World Carnival at the Gold Coast, and regular local Brisbane functions and events.

This year, Bruno has taken the exciting step of launching his own dance studio, Bossa Latina, which specialises in a variety of latin dance styles including Brazilian Zouk, which he has recruited Sarah to bring her teaching skills to Bossa Latina and, together with Bruno, has been enthusing others with the love of Latin Dance.

Alisson Rodrigues

Alisson began his dance career in Brazil at the age of thirteen and in the last ten years hasn’t looked back. His initial regimented training in jazz, contemporary and other Latin and Brazilian styles have made him a flexible and strong dancer.

He has performed at a variety of Congresses in Brazil such as Baila Floripa 2005, 2006, 2007 one of the biggest and most prestigious Dance Congresses held in Brazil. He joined the Juan Rando Dance Academy in Perth injecting his own Brazilian dance styles and electrifying the Perth Latin dance scene. Among many styles he teaches primarily Brazilian zouk,samba de gafieira, forro, salsa On1 and On2 and, Argentine tango. His skills not only include teaching dance, he is also a very talented Choreographer, Performer, Promoter and DJ.

Already internationally acclaimed, Alisson is dedicated and passionate about his dance and has worked hard displaying enormous experience and ability, which has gained him much respect and admiration from his fellow teachers and his students. He is looking forward to the future and bringing his dance to the world.

Behrouz Boroomand

Behrouz is a passionate Zouk dancer, who discovered his love for this dance style 7 years ago. He initially jumped feet first into learning Tango, but soon discovered his passion and love for Brazilian Zouk and decided to shift focus on this style.

Since then Behrouz has participated in many overseas festivals, and taken private lessons with professionals as well as participating in local and overseas competitions, including placing in the Prague Zouk Congress Jack & Jill’s.

Behrouz also started DJ’ing in 2015 for zouk events in Brisbane and has been invited to various festivals in Brisbane and Australia to DJ. In 2015 Behrouz started a dance community group for zouk dancers, called Zouk Practica to add more value to the existing Zouk Community in Brisbane, and to offer a space for practicing, improving and socialising. It has now grown to become a popular Zouk social in Brisbane where everyone is welcome and included.  Zouk Practica has since evolved into ‘Cloud 9 Zouk’, where as well as the regular social parties, we offer the community various other Zouk events and dance classes.

Behrouz then began his teaching journey as a Zouk instructor, initially specialising in the ‘Dance is a Conversation’ series focusing on techniques to improve ‘connection’ on the dance floor, and introduced Zouk classes to his Cloud 9 platform, with the goal of expanding and bringing new dancers into our zouk community. Recently, Behrouz was also privileged to be invited to instruct workshops at the Zouk S.E.A. 2017 dance congress in Malaysia.


More to be announced soon…