Deep Connection Experience + Zouk Social @ Alternity Lounge and Elixir Bar, Toronto [12 August]

Deep Connection Experience + Zouk Social

13:30 - 02:00

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Alternity Lounge and Elixir Bar
236 Christie Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 3B8

Welcome to “Deep Connection” — a journey curated for the dancer, mover, conscious being, seeking to cultivate deeper presence, awareness, and connection to take their social dancing to the next level.

This is an event created for the Zouk community, with an open invitation for anyone who wants to explore deeper human connection through music, movement, and dance. This includes folks who love Contact Improv, Fusion, Kizomba, Bachata, and other types of partner-based dancing. Or even if you are just curious about partner dancing!

We have prepared this one-of-a-kind, two-part journey for your exploration and growth in dance — which combined will span the whole-day, on Saturday August 12, 2017.


This part of the journey will be about centering and grounding in your own self-awareness, cultivating presence and mindful movement, to help you to develop a better foundation for improving your social dancing. When you are more self-aware, present, and connected, you become a better dancer for your partners — and for yourself. This entire section is designed to be accessible for experienced and inexperienced partner dancers.

We will begin this transformative journey with a Sound Healing session with ‘Jia Hang Vibe’. This will warm up and open our senses to connecting with music from a deeper inner place, as we practice grounding and present-moment awareness.

Next, we will explore intuitive and self-guided free-form solo movement to a wide genre of music, in a workshop with ‘Intuitive Feels’ — this will help us to stretch, and find freedom in our creative expressions of dance.

From here, we will move into a workshop for developing Deep Partner Connection with Danielle Nash — this workshop will give us an opportunity to apply some of the principles gained in the first two sessions, through engaging in co-creative exploration, connection, and partnerwork.

Finally, we will close the first leg of our journey with a community-oriented discussion, a ‘Conversation on Connection’. This will be an opportunity for us to talk about some of the deeper issues that come up in the spaces of connection and social dance. What are things that aren’t often talked about, but should be? Sexuality vs Sensuality? Vulnerability? Boundaries? Consent & Safety?

HEALTH BREAK (6:30-8:30PM)

A break to honour your health and give your body nourishment! Healthy holistic foods will be available at the venue for your purchase. (One complimentary elixer is included as a gift with your ticket.) Please see Alternity’s full menu at

To help you to take care of the needs of your body, healers will be on-site to offer private 1-on-1 Reiki and Thai-Massage sessions in 30-minute chunks. Please let us know in advance if you would like to book a session with one of our healers!


The second leg of our journey will be what we all love most, the why and how we come to connect, the sweet nectar at the centre of it all… social dancing!

We will kick off this special Zouk social with a workshop centered around creating Deep Connections in Zouk. This workshop will be offered by Shravan Sunder and The Real Sun.

Followed by a social with music by our amazing local Zouk DJs — DJ Boon and DJ Sunder, who are preparing awe-some sets for you especially for this night — with music specifically geared towards cultivating deeper connection in your social dancing, so that you can lose yourself in surrender, and give everything to the moment.

This, will be a night to remember.



1:30 PM Registration

1:45 — 2:45 PM Sound Healing by Jia Hang Vibe

3:00 — 4:00 PM Intuitive Feels workshop

4:15 — 5:15 PM Deep Partner Connection workshop by Danielle Nash

5:30 — 6:30 PM Conversations on Connection


6:30-8:30 PM Dinner Break & Healing Sessions
Healthy Food will be available for purchase at the Alternity venue
Healers will be available for 1-on-1 sessions (Thai Massage & Energy Healing)


8:30 — 10:00 PM WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOP OPTION 1: Creating Deep Connection in Zouk
Workshop by Shravan Sunder & The Real Sun (For dancers with Zouk Foundation)

WORKSHOP OPTION 2: Partner-Dance Fundamentals 101 with Erin June (For Beginners and New dancers)

10:00 PM — 2:00 AM Deep Connection Zouk Social
DJ Boon & DJ Sunder


The Full Journey: Deep Connection Bundle
$35 ($40 at the door)

Journey Part 1: The Deep Connection Experience
$25 early bird ($30 at the door)

Journey Part 2: The Deep Connection Social
$15 ($20 at the door)

Sound Healing Only
$15 ($20 at the door)

Intuitive Feels Workshop Only
$10 ($15 at the door)

***Each ticket includes 1 complimentary special superfood Elixer by Alternity

— DRESS THEME: Sacred Geometry
Special sacred geometry themed merchandise from Alternative Thinking will be on sale at the event for your alignment!

The Real Sun
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At Mazouka, we want to share zouk in a way that makes social dancing fun. Our approach focuses on teaching dancers how to connect with their partner and with the music on the dance floor — the two key elements that make a dance truly feel amazing.
We believe that a fun, engaging class environment is the best way to learn, and that intimate classes keep students involved: we strive to keep our class sizes small and numbers of men and women evenly matched, so that everyone has as much instructor attention and practice time as possible.

Students of Mazouka get the full zouk experience. In addition to providing useful learning resources and practice time, we keep our dancers moving outside the studio by sharing the hottest zouk tunes and keeping them plugged in to all the upcoming zouk events in and around Toronto. Entering the zouk world has never been so simple!

The Real Sun aka SUN
The Real Sun is a member of the Toronto Zouk community who has a passion for cultivating deep connection and finding liberation through movement, dance, music, poetry, theatre, and the arts in general. She is a professional artist educator by day, who uses various art forms to guide and facilitate authentic explorations of identity, purpose, equity, and wellbeing for learners of all ages.

The Real Sun is also trained in integrated healing practices such as Psychotherapy, BioEnergetic Therapy, and various forms of Energy Healing. She has a passion for facilitating processes aimed at supporting individuals toward cultivating awareness, purpose, and empowerment, with 12 years of experience facilitating workshops centred around delivering Purpose Driven Education through the arts.

As the lead organizer of the Deep Connection event, she draws inspiration from her own journey of growth in dance and life as a guiding point for the curation of this experience. She believes deeply in the importance of cultivating self-awareness, and self-love as a pathway for not only becoming a great dancer, but in finding your True Inner Purpose, Authenticity, and Balance.

Danielle Nash
As co-founder of Mazouka Dance, Danielle has found her greatest rewards through helping people tap into deeper levels of connectedness with themselves, with the music, and with others through dance. For Danielle, dancing is at its best when all of these elements unite to allow a person's full aliveness to flow through in a spontaneous unfolding of movement.

Danielle's dance journey took her through the ballroom and salsa worlds before she fell in love with the musicality and partner connection of blues dancing, and began traveling around North America to train in blues. In zouk she found these same things that she loved about blues, layered with the flowing, expansive movements that zouk rhythms inspire.

As an instructor, Danielle emphasizes the importance of truly listening to your partner — both as a follow and as a lead — and of letting the music shape your own movement. An academic by training but an artist by nature, Danielle's teaching style breaks down even subtle movements in ways that are easy to understand and apply, while her potent use of metaphor helps her convey nuanced principles in an intuitively relatable way.

Supporting atmosphere with the intent to nourish good conversation and a deep connection with community. Harmony to a greater degree with powerful elixirs, healthy desserts, ambient music and tasteful decor. Inspirational environment for conscious interactions, the beautification of communication. Bar menu is infused with high-quality vegan, organic ingredients and ionized water.


Intuitive Feels creates a safe space to explore movement as a spiritual and physical expression. It’s a community created for movers to heal, release and expand awareness by exploring the power of connection and embracing vulnerabilities as a strength. Multi-Dimensional soundtracks are created to open your heart and allow your intuition to guide you on a vibrational and freeing journey! This class will be taught at a beginner level, no dance experience necessary, just a love for music, movement, and honest vibes!

What will we cover?
-Guided meditation
-Free form movement
-Group exercises to broaden our movement vocabulary and find emotional release
-Collective group sequence at the culmination of class

Tamina Pollack-Paris – an entrepreneur, performer and global inspiration! She is the founder of The Girls Club, a distinguished dance academy in Toronto that empowers tomorrows’ top performers through an integrated performance and business curriculum. Intuitive Feels is inspired by her spiritual journey of reclaiming her power in an industry that looks from the outside in. Her insecurities empowered her to look within to create a modality that encourages soulful expression, emotional release, and human connection.

Some of her credits include: The Next Step, The Stanley Dynamic, Degrassi, Glee, American Idol, X-Factor, Canada’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance: Season 1′. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Aloe Blacc, and Ke$ha


We invite you to enter the world of Jia Hang vibe, a unique atmosphere where inner peace and stillness come naturally, effortlessly. At a time where stress and anxiety are widespread, this amazing band creates an ambiance where mindfulness and peace are present. Melt with the sound straight of the universe to release tension in the mind, soul and body.

Gilles, the Hand drummer, has a background as an energy healer. He is a Reiki Master, a Bioenergy therapist and teaches adult classes in Toronto on the power of sound and vibration to maintain good health.

Celia is a bilingual musical therapist and an operatic singer who has sung with gospel choirs, quartets and musical comedies.

Venkatesh is an amazing Cajon drummer from India and Darren, a virtuoso guitarist player from the multi-awarded Blues band Raoul and the Big time.
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