Marie Alonzo Snyder (modern dancer, choreographer, educator and scholar), presents a clear and helpful introduction and guide for anyone interested in learning about Zouk—the fast growing partner dance—in her debut book, The Art and Sensuality of Brazilian Zouk Dancing. Marie (a professional dancer for over three decades) has been dancing Zouk for the past 5 years and recently brought this beautiful, sensual dance to the Big Island of Hawai‘i.
“I arrived in Kona, Hawai’i on November 17, 2014 leaving behind a life of over 33 years on the East Coast. Like many others, I was called to this beautiful island,” says Marie. “By the second week of my arrival, I began filling the island with Zouk. What began with one eager, Zouk goddess in training, has now become a heaven of gods and goddesses all enjoying the passionate music, the sensual movements, and the delicious connection that Zouk offers.”
This is a friendly book that people will enjoy reading even if you are not a dancer. Those already familiar with Zouk as well as those just learning will find value in this photograph filled book. Marie’s passion is evident and her voice can be heard as you read. It’s as if you are in the studio with an expert teacher, conveying her knowledge with deep devotion and expressiveness. Her voice shines through, inspiring the reader, making you want to learn more or start taking a class.