Tensions of the Historiographic Traces of Brazilian Zouk


  • Ana Carolina Navarro Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Isabela Maria Azevedo Gama Buarque Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Luciano Luporini Menegaldo Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5855-4650


Brazilian Zouk, Historiography, Dance, Autoethnography, History of Dance in Brazil


This article aims to disseminate information about Brazilian Zouk and contribute to the historical understanding of Brazilian dances through critical reflection. To this end, we researched various bibliographic sources, such as articles, theses, dissertations, videos, and reports, in addition to personal notes. The analysis showed disputes concerning the following aspects: 1) the rise of the musical rhythm and dance; 2) the use of basic and competitive movements; 3) the process of commodification; and 4) contemporary issues related to the body. It is important to emphasize that this work is motivated by the necessity to broaden the debate on dance historiography in the country.


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Biografia do Autor

Isabela Maria Azevedo Gama Buarque, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Isabela Buarque holds a Ph.D. in Social Memory from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO). She is a professor in the Postgraduate Program in Dance - PPGDan at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Body Art at UFRJ. She is a member of the Teaching and Learning Core (NDE) of the Dance Teaching degree program/UFRJ. She was the coordinator of the Dance Teaching degree program at UFRJ between 2017 and 2021. Her research focuses on the following themes: Dance - education, dance, memory and history, and contemporary scenic dance.

Luciano Luporini Menegaldo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Luciano Menegaldo holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of São Paulo (2001) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy (2008). From 2001 to 2003, he was a researcher at the Institute of Technological Research of the State of São Paulo (IPT), and from 2004 to 2011 he was a professor in the Section of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the Military Institute of Engineering. He is currently a Full Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Program at COPPE/UFRJ and in the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program, where he is responsible for the courses in biomechanics and control, both in undergraduate and postgraduate programs.



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Navarro, A. C., Azevedo Gama Buarque, I. M., & Luporini Menegaldo, L. (2023). Tensions of the Historiographic Traces of Brazilian Zouk. Revista Brasileira De Estudos Da Presença, 13(4). Recuperado de https://seer.ufrgs.br/index.php/presenca/article/view/134784



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