Sydney
Schiff

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Sydney Schiff is a ballet-trained dancer, choreographer, teacher,

and helpless lover of Brazilian Zouk and community building.

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Online Brazilian Zouk Solo Training Program
Every day at 4pm Chicago time (CDT) join me live on Zoom for a 60-minute solo training class for Zoukers! The recording remains available in a private Facebook group for 24 hours in case you can't catch us in person. All links will be emailed at the time of registration. See below for payment and access information.
In this continuous motion class, we train foundations from footwork to head movement and explore ideas from other dance and movement techniques that can help us be more embodied, comfortable, expressive, and versatile Zouk dancers and students. No partner needed! While the more you study with me the more layers you can dig into during each exercise, there are no series, so drop in anytime (or every day!) and put together a class package that works best for you. Foundations Training for Leads and Follows (Mon/Wed/Fri) body isolations head movement training footwork drills conditioning ballet technique short combos Head Movement Training (Tues/Sat) Traveling Head Movement Tilted Turns Balão Apagado Transitions Improvisation Techniques Special Topics class (Thurs) Zouk Swing Torsion How to Dance Like Water Ballet for Zoukers Balance and Stability Mechanics of Flow (Sun) Come explore waves, spirals, articulations of the spine, mobility, expansion, fluidity, and get stronger and more flexible at the same time! A perfect cross training class for everything Zouk from head movement to toes. In addition to providing real time feedback during our Zoom classes, I encourage students to post short videos of themselves practicing material from class in our private Facebook messenger chat. I give a little feedback to help guide your practicing and you help me be a better teacher for you, kind of like if you were in class with me here in Chicago! Want a longer feedback session? Contact me to book a private lesson! Pricing $30 - 6-Class Card $125 - Monthly Subscription for Unlimited Daily Classes Payments can be made by Venmo: @sydney-zouks PayPal/Zelle: sydney.zouks@gmail.com Revolut: @sydney1ue Please include your email in the payment memo so I can send you the class links. I look forward to dancing with you!
Chicago Classes and Socials (postponed until further notice)
  • Chicago’s only open-level drop-in Brazilian Zouk training class every Wednesday 7-8pm at The Newport Theater (visit).
  • Newport Zouk Class + 100% Zouk Party every 2nd and 4th Wednesday 8pm-12am at The Newport Theater (visit).
Click the links above for more information! One day we will be able to safely come together and dance again. When that day comes I'll be there for you! Until then, please stay home, stay healthy, and hang in there. We will get through this and we can do it together.
Teaching Artist, Performer, and DJ for Zouk and Fusion dance events
Please note that due to the COVID-19 global health crisis I am not traveling, but I cannot wait to come be a part of your Congresses, Festivals, Weekenders, and Workshops when it is safe to do so! As a teaching artist, I draw on my diverse background in social dancing, somatic practices, and three decades of solo dancing to train the complete body, inspire endless creativity, and facilitate safe and pain-free connection and communication. I prepare progressive exercises and strive to maintain constant motion in my classes, empowering students to tap into their creativity and joy of motion. In addition to teaching Brazilian Zouk, I teach Fusion workshops that focus on building skills applicable to all social dance forms as well as expanding students' toolkits with elements from Brazilian Zouk. In addition to teaching, I am also available for performances and as a DJ for Brazilian Zouk and Fusion social dance parties. I have a diverse repertory of solo Zouk and Zouk-contemporary fusion performances I love sharing with diverse dance communities. Please contact me to inquire about rates and packages.
Private Lessons (online only until further notice)
Want to get the most out of your training? Book a private lesson and get personalized corrections, solutions, tips, and drills for you to work on! I offer private training for solo dancers, couples, and small groups online using the  Zoom platform. Fill in the contact form and I’ll message you back ASAP.

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Sydney Schiff is a ballet-trained dancer, choreographer, teacher, and helpless lover of Brazilian Zouk and community building. After graduating from Princeton University and pursuing a career as a freelance contemporary dancer, choreographer, and company director in New York City, she spent two years in Ann Arbor pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Michigan. At the same time, she taught weekly community and university Zouk classes and DJ’d weekly socials. She began traveling to teach workshops and DJ at weekenders and congresses while at Michigan and upon graduating in April 2018, she embarked on a year-long tour throughout North America, Europe, and Brazil to teach and study Brazilian Zouk. She is currently in the Advanced Division for Brazilian Zouk Dance Council Jack and Jill Competitions, placed 1st in the Intermediate Division at Canada International Dance Convention, L.A. Zouk Festival, DC Zouk Festival, and DCBX, and is a certified judge for BZDC registered competitions.

 

She moved to Chicago in June 2019 where she began teaching weekly Zouk classes, developing her repertory as a solo zouk performer, directed a co-ed zouk performance team at Latin Street Music and Dancing, and most recently became the director of Evolución Latina Dance Company’s first ladies Zouk performance team, all while maintaining a busy travel schedule. In October 2019 she began hosting and DJing Newport Zouk!, a program of twice-monthly classes and socials at The Newport Theater. 

 

In March 2020, she began teaching daily online solo-training classes to help keep the world dancing during a surreal global health crisis. When it is safe to do so, she will resume in-person programming and expand into weekly leveled classes as part of Newport Zouk University while continuing to offer online classes for the students who have been tuning in from around the world.

 

Sydney draws on her diverse background in social dancing, somatic practices, and three decades of classical ballet and contemporary dance to train the complete body, inspire endless creativity, and facilitate safe and pain-free connection and communication. She prepares progressive exercises and strives to maintain constant motion in her classes, empowering students to tap into their creativity and joy of motion. In addition to teaching Brazilian Zouk, she teaches Fusion workshops that focus on building skills applicable to all social dance forms as well as expanding students’ toolkits with elements from Brazilian Zouk. 

Want to keep track of the #ZoukGnome? Follow @sydney.zouks on Instagram and Facebook and stay tuned for adventures, news, and event updates!