Competition Divisions

  • Novice
  • Intermediate

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For both divisions, the Preliminary rounds will be on Saturday Nov. 3 after the workshops and the finals will be on Sunday Nov. 4.
Partners are chosen randomly by draw. Prize passes will be awarded to the first 3 couples of each division.

To compete in the Intermediate Division, you must have obtained at least 15 Novice points in the BZDC system. I you haven't, you can petition to by describing why you believe you have sufficient Brazilian Zouk dance experience.

Judging criteria 


Timing & musicality

  • All styles of Brazilian Zouk dance to 4/4 time music.
  • The timing defined as
 “Tum-Tic-Tic” where in a full 8 counts the “Tum” step must be on the down beat.
  • It is accepted that your long step may be on any down beat on a full 8 count phrase.

Key points to remember

  • Timing must be consistent.
  • Competitors should take care in the manner they interpret the selected song.
  • Use appropriate breaks and holds, being rhythmically in sync with the music.
  • Competitors must demonstrate basic timing for a minimum of 60% of each song. This can be reflected in foundation movements, turn patterns and others.


  1. DJs will play medium (80bpm or 85bpm) speed songs with a clear Zouk beat for Novice. Traditional Zouk songs, Kizomba songs or Top 40 remixed songs are allowed.
  2. DJs will play slow 75bpm (150bpm), medium 80bpm or 85bpm (170bpm) and/or fast 90bpm (180bpm) speed songs with a Zouk beat for Intermediate & Advanced competitors. Traditional Zouk songs, Kizomba songs, Top 40 remixed or New Zouk songs are allowed.
  3. All songs for all levels must have a Zouk beat.


  • Brazilian Zouk motion and posture – How well the competitors execute the movements
  • Proper use of Brazilian Zouk Foundation movements: Basic – “Lateral” – Simple turns – Lunges (prep for turns) – “Soltinho” – Elastic “Rau” – “Bonus” – “Yo-Yo”
  • Correct footwork in all foundation movements and good footwork during turn patterns
  • Fundamental dance technique (e.g footwork placement, frame, balance, how well spins are executed and control of arms and hands)
  • Proper use of head movements and Cambrés (accordingly to competitors level)


Team Work

  • How well the couple work together
  • How Appearance of lead/follow or action/reaction between the partners
  • Ability to work together as a team. One partner ignoring or out-dancing the other indicates poor teamwork.



  • The complexity of the foot work
  • The complexity of overall improvisation
  • Originality of turn patterns


  • Wear Shoes (Dance shoes or other comfortable shoes for dancing are allowed)
  • High heels are not mandatory however judges will favourably take into account the additional complexity this introduces to the dance
  • Wear clothes like if you were going to a social dance party – you want to stand out to the judges