Lambada comes from the Portuguese lambar 'whip '.
It is an erotic Brazilian dance in which the partners hold each other's hips and move synchronously. Lambada stems from, among others, Brazilian dances Forró and Maxixe.

Lambada was late eighties at once world famous by the hit of the band Kaoma. The "Lambada" was released in 1989 and is actually a cover of "Llorando se fue" from 1982 by the Bolivian group Los Kjarkas. The music video of "Lambada" was recorded in Bahia Porto Seguro, where the dance comes from. After this there was around and after 1989 a brief boom with Lambada 'dance schools’. It disappeared as quickly as they had arisen. In 1990 it was followed by two films "Lambada" and "The Forbidden Dance".

In addition to Kaoma Lambada was also danced to songs like "Rei da Lambada" from Beto Barbosa. This Brazilian artist was known for eighties hits like "Adocinha", "Preta", "Paramaribo" and "Diz Pré mim".

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In the early 90'' Lambada hype was over and Lambada was mainly danced on (fast) Zouk music.

After 1994 the few remaining dancers were going to use usd slower Zouk (love) and Kizomba music to dance Lambada. Lambada was also danced to Arabic music as Khaled. The other music also led to an evolution in the dance itself. That was slower and more sensual. He is no longer to characterize as Lambada and late nineties, he is called Zouk for the first time.

From 2003 (international) are used different names and discussed for the dance. Circulate namings like "Lambada", "Zouk - Lambada" and "Lambada - Zouk", "Lambazouk". Many of these characterizations are usually understood as a reference to a specific different dance style.

The evolution to the slower (Brazilian) 'Zouk' makes the dance very sensual. It is also characterized by deep cambrés. A viewer sees especially many flowing movements, which are complemented by the dancers with undulating movements of the body and swinging movements with the head (for women).

The faster Lambada is characterized by "chicotes’ (where it appears to the viewer as if the head of the woman is thrown back) and "bonecas"(the head of the woman is moving in a sort of three-dimensional eight).

The dance is very dynamic and fluid. It is danced in a ‘long, short, short' rhythm, which is often in a football stadium to hear.

In 2007 a ​​lot of Zouk-Lambada style is danced. The Zouk - Lambada has been introduced around 1998 in the Netherlands by the Brazilian Claudio Gomes. In subsequent years, emerged in various 'Brazilian Zouk’ - (or Carioca Lambada) specialist dance schools. Some already existing dance schools have adopted the zouk in their program. Zouk and Lambada belong to the salsa family.