Guilherme De Araujo Prada Alves (Ghee Prada), brought the warmth of Brazilian zouk to snowy Edmonton, Canada from November 9-11, 2018.
Travelling directly from Rio de Janeiro, Ghee brought the essence of Brazil to Canada, and what a treat it was! Ghee was the headline artist of FLOW Movement Experience 2018. In its second year, FLOW is a western Canadian festival focusing on personal growth and awareness through social dance–specifically Brazilian zouk, a partner dance with its roots in lambada. Brazilian zouk is rapidly growing in popularity in western Canada, and Ghee shared his extensive knowledge about the history of this dance with an eager Canadian audience.
The beauty of Brazilian zouk is that it is far, far more than a combination of steps. In addition to his technical knowledge, Ghee also shared the “feel” of Brazilian zouk, which included, in part, exercises to help our cold climate brothers and sisters unlock their hips. Does hip movement differ in Brazil than in North America? It sure does! Ghee introduced games, drills, and days of cumulative practice to help participants relax and understand how the body can really move, once it gets warmed up.
Ghee is not only a dance artist but an emissary of Brazilian and South American culture. Beginning in 2004 Ghee trained in the Jaime Aroxa Dance School in Rio de Janeiro, where he mastered all the Brazilian partner dances (forró, samba de gafieira, soltinho, bolero and zouk). In 2009 he was introduced to the authentic tango hug in Argentina–the close embrace–and all of its complexity and power to create the ultimate feeling of “conforto, cuidado e entrega”, that is, comfort, care and surrender.
After 2010, Ghee continued learning from other remarkable instructors in Brazil, including Fabiano Vivas, Kelly Reis, Érico Rodrigo, Guilherme Pimentel, Lídio Freitas and many others, as well as abroad with Alex de Carvalho. He went on to research the close embrace and its application to all partner dances, with the goal of demonstrating how the embrace conveys a sense of well-being and relaxation to your dance partner.
Ghee is undoubtedly a gifted artist who excels in partner dancing and Brazilian zouk, but more importantly–in conveying his knowledge so that it’s easy to understand for the average person. We were extremely lucky to have his technical and cultural artistry with us for the first time in Canada during FLOW 2018. Stay tuned for the even more astonishing program designed for FLOW 2019, taking place from November 8-10, 2019!