Zouk dance and music — born in the French Caribbean, adopted in Brazil and spread throughout Latin America and Europe — is now taking root in the United States.

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In this Monday, April 21, 2014 photo, Thais Reeder, 35, of Miami, front, tilts her head back while dancing Brazilian zouk in a class at the VK…

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The word "zouk" is Antillean French Creole and means "party." The music quickly spread throughout the Caribbean and could also be heard on rad…

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In this Monday, April 21, 2014 photo, Nicole Brandon, 26, of Miami, right, dances Brazilian zouk at the C Lounge and Cigar Bar in North Miami …

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Partners dance with the closeness of tango, sensuality of bachata and quick turns reminiscent of salsa.

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In this Monday, April 21, 2014 photo, Carmen Marshall, 42, of Miami, left, and Renato Medeiros, 33, of Brazil, dance Brazilian zouk at the C L…

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Zouk music began in the West Indies in the early 1980s. The band Kassav is widely credited with creating the first popular zouk songs. The gro…

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In this Monday, April 21, 2014 photo, dancers practice their moves during a Brazilian zouk dance class at the VK Dance Studio in North Miami B…

Dancers kept many of the core elements of lambada, including flowing body movements and head rolls. While in the Caribbean, zouk is danced at …

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In this Monday, April 21, 2014 photo, Raheem Malik, 26, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., places his hand firmly on the back of his partner during a Br…

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Brazilian zouk classes and dance scenes can be found in cities stretching from Seattle to New York, and festivals featuring parties and top da…

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In this Monday, April 21, 2014 photo, Carmen Marshall, 42, of Miami, second from left, closes her eyes while dancers massage each other during…

In Miami, a growing Brazilian population also contributed to the dance's rise. Renato Medeiros, 33, recalls leaving Brazil to pursue a culinar…

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In this Monday, April 21, 2014 photo, Kendra Haynes, 26, of Miami, right, dances with Renato Medeiros, 33, of Brazil, during a Brazilian zouk …

Lambada 3 demo by Marcelo, 2nd International Zouk Lambada Dance Congress, London, 2010. Zouk incorporates Lambada moves.

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Ashle Dawson and Henry Velandia show how to do the basic steps of the Latin dance zouk in this Howcast dance video.

Ashle Dawson and Henry Velandia show how to do the zouk washing machines dance step with this Latin dance video from Howcast.

Ashle Dawson and Henry Velandia show how to do simple turns in zouk dance in this Latin dance video from Howcast.