Zouk HI presents Latin Dance Friday Nights at Kona Coffee & Tea Company beginning in November on Friday Nights from 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Come enjoy the delicious drink & dessert specials, lanai sunsets, and Latin Dance Music. We'll be playing an uplifting mix of Zouk, Salsa, Kizomba, Bachata, Tango, & more! You can email music requests to mauna.lea.studios@gmail.com

Don't know how to dance? No worries! Evenings will begin with an optional Beginner Friendly Social Dance Class at 6:30pm ($10 suggested donation). All ages welcome- no partner necessary! Then a FREE Latin Dance Social till 9:30pm. Contact Stephanie at 1 (808) 854-1270 for additional details.

Painting above by Stephanie Bolton.


GUEST TEACHER: Juan Calderon "The Dance Whisperer"

This November our guest teacher is Juan Calderon, known internationally as 'the Dance Whisperer', Juan Calderon is the master practitioner of the science and art of partner dancing. Through his in-depth knowledge of body movement, philosophy, psychology and how to effectively lead and effortlessly follow, he has become renowned for his unique style of instruction and ability to engage all levels both in one-to-one settings to large congresses around the world. Juan is a master instructor of multiple styles of dance and movement including Bachata (Sensual, Classica and Urban styles), Bachata Fusion, Salsa (On 1 & 2, LA Style, NY Style, Miami Style and Puerto Rican Style) and Rueda De Casino. Further, Juan is skilled in both Kizomba & Zouk and is experienced in articulating and teaching on the intricacies of body movement and manipulation. If you enjoy his teaching style please contact Stephanie at (808) 854-1270 to learn about his technique workshops or to set up private classes.

ZOUK HI

Zouk HI was created by Dr. Marie Alonzo Snyder who wrote the first English language book on Brazilian Zouk Dance. She has also been a modern dancer, choreographer, scholar and educator.

 Marie's mentioned book cover ; a portrait of Marie & Alex Chang dancing Zouk painted by Stephanie Bolton

Marie's mentioned book cover ; a portrait of Marie & Alex Chang dancing Zouk painted by Stephanie Bolton

Born in the Philippines, Marie was raised in Italy and eventually settled in New York City attending New York University's Tisch School of the Arts earning her BFA and MFA in Dance. She started teaching Brazilian Zouk in Kona around 2015 and has lead classes at Kealakehe Elementary, Kona Performing Arts and the University of Hawaii. She continues to teach classes spreading the Zouk Aloha with locals and visitors alike emphasizing solid fundamentals and technique. She has trained and certified several Zouk teachers now offering classes in Kona, Waimea, Hilo, Kansas, and New York...(including local artist Stephanie Bolton & her husband Matthew!).


YOUR HOSTS: Matthew & Stephanie Bolton

 Matt & Stephanie dancing

Matt & Stephanie dancing

Tuesday Latin Dance Nights are hosted by Matthew & Stephanie Bolton in an attempt to share their passion for the family-friendly, get-off-your-phone joy they discovered learning Brazilian Zouk Dance together.

They hope to bring a fun & free opportunity for their Kona community to experience the health, relational, & emotional benefits of social dance; a non competitive low impact sport that can be enjoyed at any age or fitness level. Along with these socials, they also host "Zouk-ations" and other dance retreats & workshops throughout the year at their studio, students affectionately call "Heaven" at Mauna Lea Manor in Holualoa. They have been opening their home to visiting instructors for dance residencies to help further advance the quality of social dancing on the Big Island since 2015.

To check out the latest Dance workshops, classes, & retreat schedule visit www.MaunaLeaManor.weebly.com or call/text Stephanie at (808) 854-1270.