Dancers in Shanghai joined forces with people in 160 cities across the world on September 21 to celebrate “International Day of Peace” by performing Brazilian Zouk, a flamboyant dance that originated in Rio de Janeiro.
“We celebrate peace and that can only be achieved if we are able to connect to each other on a human level. Dancing zouk is one of the best ways to do that. We, from Shanghai will dance with people from all over the world and from all ways of life”, said Willemijn Passtoors, the local organizer.”
“(Through this event, we connect) not only in person but also in spirit, as thousands danced the same choreography in over 160 cities world wide. It’s a perfect way honour the International Day of Peace.”
Unsuspecting bystanders stood by to watch as dozens of dancers suddenly broke out in Brazilian Zouk, a dance that originates from Lambada, but is heavily influenced by modern dance and hip-hop. The dance started up in the nineties in Rio de Janeiro, but is currently performed and danced socially all over the world.
For the second year, popular Brazilian singer Paulo Mac has freely offered his song ‘INTENÇÕES’ specially for this event.
Watch the event unfold at the Bund below:
[Image: Alexander Cherkasov]