MZouk is hard. Why bother?
A lot of people ask the question:
“Why are MZouk lessons so difficult? Other teachers make it easy for us to dance zouk. Their lessons are fun, manageable, and we go away having learned a concrete movement or choreography that we can use in our next social.
MZouk is hard. You don’t really learn choreos or tricks, it’s all about technical elements that we practice over and over again in different forms. They are difficult to get right. They are scarily difficult to perfect. It’s frustrating to not be able to get things right the first time.
Why should I even bother with MZouk?”
It’s really hard to teach difficult things well. It’s easy to teach difficult things badly.
Think about it this way. Let’s say you were trying to learn French.
Would you rather learn how to say a few key phrases, like “Where’s the bathroom?” and “Where’s the wine?” and then repeat those things over and over again for the rest of your life, never extending your experience with French people beyond the scope of your memorization? Once in a while you could take a class from someone else and learn a new phrase to add to your vocabulary. Maybe once every 3 months you’d be able to express a new thing. This is easy to learn. Anyone can teach you, even Google.
Or (you might see where I’m going here), would you prefer to learn the deep rules and structures of the language, the methods and techniques that allow you to say whatever you want, expressing every little thought, idea, or emotion? To be able to understand a world of literature, poetry, puns, memes, and bad TV shows? To create, instead of simply repeating?
And why should it be any different with dance?
Yes, it’s EASY to memorize steps. And frankly, it’s EASY to teach basic choreography.
What’s difficult is to teach technique well, and as a student, to commit to understanding it, practicing through failure after failure, until it becomes second nature. Not memorising steps, but developing deep muscle memory. Realising that becoming ‘good’ is not a matter of ‘completing a course’ but a dedication to continuous development.
But is it worthwhile? YES. It will make the difference between your being an average social dancer, who maybe gets bored of zouk after a couple of years, versus developing a skill that will continue to serve you and reward you and surprise you every day.
MZouk requires hard work and practice and dedication and working through frustration. But it also gives you back a universal language that is more expressive and creative than (in my opinion) any other style.
Want more information? Get in touch with us. We’ve got lots of workshops and classes available and we’re always happy to ‘talk zouk’.