Learn how to dance lambada

Lambada dance lessons online

Lambada dance is derived from many other styles of dancing including the Salsa and Merengue. The key is to mix it up and create your own style with rhythmical expression.

Here are some awesome basic Lambada steps to start with:
As the teacher notes in the beginning – It is better if you learn some other styles of dance to dance the Lambada.

Lambada Video Transcript:

I’m Emily Loftiss, a former Radio City Rockette and professional dancer here in New York City. The question is what are some of the ideas for the Lambada. Well this is a dance derived from Mexican culture, which means to shake, so anything you do in this dance you can pull from any other type of Spanish dancing – Meringue, Salsa, Cha-Cha.

So here’s a couple of ideas just for you. Let’s do Cha-Cha to the front, Cha-Cha to the back. Cha-Cha to the front, Cha-Cha to the back, and pivot, and pivot and swizzle, hips, hips, hips. Let’s do it again – little faster six, seven, eight and Cha-Cha, and Cha-Cha, and Cha- Cha, and Cha-Cha, and pivot, and pivot, and swizzle, swizzle, swizzle, swizzle.

Let’s move onto the next one. I’m going to angle this a little bit because I have on a short skirt. You’re going to go – front-front, back-back, front-front, back-back, hips around, hips around, hips around, hips around, and down, down, down, down. We’re going to go a little faster. Instead of going front-back it’s going to go, double and back, and double and back, around, around, around, around, and a bop, bop, bop, bop. One more time – a little faster – Five, six, seven, eight and boom, da-da, and boom, da-da, around, around, around, around, and down, and down, and down, and down.

This is a fun step. We’re going to do ba-all change, ba-all change, and double, and double and up. To the left, to the right, and double, and double – you’re just going to switch your weight back and forth. Let’s do it again – six, seven eight, and right, and left, and double, and double – other way, left and right, and double and double. Your left leg is out – you’re going to go, cross, two, three, four, kick it, down, down, down, down, kick it. So let’s do that again from, one, two, three, four, other way, left, right, left, left leg out, and down, and down, and down, and down, kick, down, and down, and down, and down, kick.

All together, last time. Here we go. Five, six, seven, eight, and Cha-Cha, and Cha-Cha, switch it up, other side, Cha-Cha, Cha-Cha, switch it up, here we go, down, down, down, down, kick, down, down, down, down, kick. Hope this was informative. If you have any questions please go to my website emilyloftiss.com, and check out my blog, Loftiss Says.

Here is a demonstration of Lambada dancing:
In this video you will see a really good couples having fun dancing the Lambada. You can see that the girl’s moves are very fluid and she has a lot of flexibility and sexy hip grooves. The man is able to lead her into all kids of turns while still expressing the music.

Lambada Characteristics:
Lambada is a partnered Latin dance that has a slow-quick-quick rhythm, danced to a 1—3-4 beat. It incorporates elements of other Latin dances such as Merengue, Samba, Rumbo and Maxixe. It is distinguished from other forms of Latin dance through the wave-like motion of the dancers’ bodies, which gives the dance its name: Lambada is a Portuguese word referring to the wave-like motion of a whip. When dancing Lambada, the dancers’ hips are closely positioned and create a fast-paced swaying action from side-to-side. Its association with ‘dirty dancing’ is fiercely protested by professional Lambada dancers, who insist that the moves are graceful and should not have any sleazy overtones.
Source: http://www.dancecentral.co.uk/DanceNtral/Articles/lambada.htm

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Lambada Fast-track Fundamentals (Part 1)

Lambada is energetic, passionate, fun, aesthetically beautiful, and most importantly for our community, it is the ‘Parent’ of Brazilian Zouk. 

At District Zouk, we believe that it's essential to learn the fundamentals and history of what we teach. There are so many elements in Lambada that represent Brazilian zouk’s music and dance history, and exploring them helps expand our possibilities both in dancing Lambada and Brazilian Zouk.

We believe that in the future most Brazilian Zouk dancers will also know Lambada, and will be able to change dance styles as the music changes in the socials. If you don’t know what we're talking about, you should definitely do this course.


Alisson and Hermela will guide you through important principles to help Brazilian Zouk dancers learn the Lambada fundamentals. We will show and break down the principles for each role, executing them without connecting with each other, so you can clearly see the mechanics of everything. In between breakdowns, we will get together in partners to show how the principles are applied with actual leading and following after the solo exercises are complete.


This course is designed to give equal focus on both roles' feet and body work by showing and executing them separately before getting into partner-work. Lambada itself is a dance that can be danced ‘Wi-Fi’ for a big part of it since the beginning of times anyways :) 

The way this course is structured allows for those who don’t have a partner to benefit as much as those who have a partner, since we will spend equal time in the solo execution of the principles for each role. If you dance both roles, you'll have time to try the other role’s part once you figure yours out.

We are excited to offer an option of partner-work class for those who don’t have a partner. And we are positive that if that is your case, you'll benefit from it.


This course expects that you're familiar with the fundamentals of Partner Dancing (Brazilian Zouk NOT required) such as: Timing, Rhythm, Connection, Dance Etiquette, Basics in Open and Close Hold partnered dancing

As long as you've done some of the above, in Brazilian dancing or not, you'll be able to enjoy this course.


We will use movements that will help you build a strong foundations for Lambada in partner-work and Wi-Fi: