What's so special about the Bali Zouk Retreat?

What makes this event extra special? Small classes and unrivalled access to our teachers.

Consider that there'll be a maximum of around 40 students, and with 5 internationals that's a teacher / student ratio of 1 to 8! We're also all living, dancing, eating, drinking and laughing together over 5 days.

The teachers don't disappear to their own private parties during the event because the whole retreat is one private party.

(It's really a big birthday party for Arthur Santos - so you'll be expected to party with him! 😂)

If you're used to huge congresses and snaking queues for the top Brazilian dancers you can see why we're intentionally keeping it small.

Remember our event strapline:

Exclusive. Intimate. Unforgettable.

We really mean that! 😍

Five days and nights of Zouk!

28th March 2019 - 2nd April 2019

Day parties

Five days of yoga, workshops, afternoon pool parties and adventures. 🧘 💃 🎉

This is how we keep you busy on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday:

  • 7:00am - 9:00am — Breakfast
  • 8:15am - 9:00am — Yoga with Simi (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 9:00am - 11:00am — Social dancing and private lessons
  • 11:00am - 11:30am — Morning tea
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm — Morning workshop, 1.5 hours
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm — Lunch
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm — Afternoon workshop, 1.5 hours
  • 3:30pm - 7:30pm — Zouk pool party and free time (except on the Tuesday, when we wrap up after the final workshop)

On top of that we've recently announced DJ Kakah is joining us, and she'll be running two 1-hour workshops over the retreat as well.

Social Dancing

Every morning of dance begins with 2 hours of social dancing, and as we're feeling connected and refreshed coming out of sleep and yoga a focus will be on deep connected zouk dancing.

There will of course be an amazing DJ set to match.


Yoga classes are run by Simi Roche - an amazingly talented yoga teacher and student of Arthur & Layssa's who understands how Yoga can and should connect to Zouk.

While optional it's highly recommended, even for those of you who have never practiced Yoga before.


Our workshops are alternately run by Arthur & Layssa and Leo & Becky. They are collaborating on an integrated, intensive zouk training week to take your zouk to another level.

We're taking care to ensure all attendees have mastered zouk fundamentals. It's not an event for beginners, will be challenging but doable for those who are comfortable with fundamentals, and will push even the most experienced zouk dancers.

Trust us when we say your zouk is going to be elevated. Think of how much more personal attention you're going to get from teachers in such a small-class setting over 5 days!

In addition to the core workshop tracks, DJ Kakah wil be running two 1 hour workshops over the retreat (exact scheduling of these workshops closer to the date).

Zouk pool parties

Every afternoon is a Zouk pool party! We kick off the tunes so you can kick back, lounge poolside, and zouk to an amazing DJ set.

If you'd prefer to take a break you can treat the afternoons as free leisure time: relax in your air-conditioned villa, or venture out with new and old friends to nearby shops, book in a spa treatment, or explore the exciting, tropical surrounds of Ubud with itss wealth of restaurants, bars and other sightseeing opportunities.

To make things easier you'll receive a guide with our top recommendations around Ubud. 😀

Evening adventures

With 5 nights of partying we've got a stellar evening line-up through the event which your ticket covers. Here's a brief outline:

Thursday Night Party!

We're all finally together! To celebrate, connect and decompress we're hosting welcome drinks and dinner for the whole retreat at Svarga Loka resort.

This is a chance to connect with friends old and new, relax into the tropical settings and hang out with our instructors.

Think poolside afternoon tunes, drinks and snacks and then a group dinner into the late evening.

Friday Night Party!

We're all still very fresh and that calls for our first social dancing evening at a spectacular nearby venue.

Dance the night away from 8pm till late with everyone, including our 4 international guest teachers. When almost 10% of the social scene are world-class international zoukers you know it's going to be an amazing first social. 😍

What also makes for an amazing zouk party? Why of course, an amazing DJ set from DJ Kakah

Saturday Night Party!

It's Saturday night - time to party!

We're planning something extra-special, and organising transport to take everyone to the most amazing poolside bars, venues and outdoor clubs in Ubud.

Taking up prime spots at every venue, we kick back in a tropical paradise, engrossed in conversation over candleight with our teachers, kicking back with cocktails and when the moment takes us getting up to dance zouk in a very public setting.

There's something magic about dancing in public: one hundred pairs of non-dancing eyes entranced by the dance and an eruption of applause and whoops from the whole venue, right down to all the staff!

Sunday Night Party!

We have a surprise event in store - Sundays are about chilling, tunes, and dancing in exotic locations...

Just keep some energy in store for a long, unforgettable, blissed-out Sunday session!

Monday Night Party!

To wrap up our 5 nights of partying we have another dedicated social dancing evening.

From 8pm till late we'll have a non-stop set of some of the best Zouk tunes to make for an unforgettable final night...

As our final night it's only appropriate that we line up another amazing DJ set by DJ Kakah.

Tuesday wrap!

Buzzed from 5 amazing nights of parties, we still muster the energy for a final day of workshops.

As part of our final event wrap up there's a farewell buffet lunch on us!

This is where we chill poolside, eat lunch, swap details with new friends and farewell old ones!

What an adventure! Until next time...