Brasa Zouk Moves

About us

In 2018, Vanderlei Moreira, one of BraSaZouk’s teacher and also one of the pioneers of Brazilian dances in the Netherlands, took over the ‘BraSaZouk’ brand, after Claudia de Vries decided to stop the dance school and dance studios. He continues to take care of and promote the beautiful Brazilian dances.

In September of 2004 Vanderlei Moreira join in the Brasazouk Family and since then he is one of the main teacher, teaching Samba No Pé, Axé, Lambazouk (Brazilian zouk) and Forró.

History of BraSaZouk:

Claudia de Vries, founder of BraSaZouk, was born in Suriname, South America. In the Netherlands she came into contact with Salsa and then with the Brazilian dances. After an introduction to the ‘Brazilian Zouk’ in Rio de Janeiro in 1997, Claudio Gomes introduced this beautiful dance in the Netherlands together with her. They established their names as the pioneers of ‘Brazilian Zouk’ in the Netherlands.

In 2004, Claudia opened the doors of her own dance school, Brasazouk. BraSaZouk is the abbreviation of ‘Brazilian Samba and Zouk’. “Brasa” also means “embrace” in Surinamese. BraSaZouk immediately became a great success and became the largest ‘Brazilian’ dance school in Amsterdam. Besides this dance school Claudia was also the proud owner of Brasa (Dance) Studios and she had her own Show Dance Company ‘BraSaZouk show team’.

In 2005, Claudia, together with Braz dos Santos, introduced the LambaZouk (Porto Seguro style) style in the Netherlands for the first time. This style was mainly given at BraSaZouk, but received a lot of attention and supporters in Amsterdam and surroundings.

From 2004-2010 BraSaZouk organized the international ‘Brazilian Dance Congresses & the Brazilian Zouk / Lambada Dance Competitions’ in Amsterdam. These conferences have given the LambaZouk / Brazilian Zouk dance a big boost, and Amsterdam (the Netherlands) put on the international ‘LambaZouk / Brazilian Zouk’ card.

In 2018, Claudia decided to stop the dance school and dance studios because it was time for another challenge. Vanderlei Moreira, one of BraSaZouk’s teachers and also one of the pioneers of Brazilian dances in the Netherlands, takes over the ‘BraSaZouk” brand. He continues to take care of and promote the beautiful Brazilian dances.

Why BraSaZouk?

  • Professional and certified dance teachers
  • Fantastic dance classes to have fun and exercise
  • Location easily accessible
  • Free parking


  • I have been dancing for a year and a half at BraSaZouk (now Brasa Moves) and I am very satisfied with it: the teachers are very professional, the organization is excellent and the atmosphere is very pleasant.

  • The dance school is alive, buzzing and is always a happy place to be… where there is room for everyone! All the best BrasaZouk, you bring a lot of people together and create the space for people to be together!




Passion in motion and a burst of energy!


Music and partner dance from north-eastern Brazil.

Axé Dance Fitness

Very energetic dance fitness that mixes samba and aerobics.

Samba Solo

This is the type of Samba one sees in the Brazilian Carnival parades.

Samba de Pagode

Samba partner dance that resembles the Samba de Gafieira but tends to be more intimate.

Come and join our great class. First free session!