Mission of Zouk N Play Festival

A Playground to Seek and Discover

Zouk N Play Festival, brought to you by Founders (Ryel Velandia and Leslie Evangelista Tietjen) of the successful NYC ZOUK FESTIVAL in New York City and creator/director of ZenZouk LLC is one of the FRESHEST new summer events on the East Coast, situated on the beach and boardwalk of Atlantic City.  This will be our Third Year and we can not be more excited!!


The mission of Zouk N Play is:


  • to grow the Brazilian Zouk and Lambada scene in the United States offering a regional place for local Brazilian Zouk and Lambada communities to grow together
  • to provide cultural awareness of the Brazilian Zouk Dance scene through our Production and Dance Company ZENZOUK LLC




About Zouk "N" Play 2020


Now in its fourth year, Zouk N Play worked hard to find an amazing venue to run our Production and grow the Brazilian Zouk and Lambada Culture in the US. ZNP will be held at the SHOWBOAT HOTEL in Atlantic City at the FORMER "HOUSE OF BLUES" CONCERT VENUE aka as the Bourbon Room.

It will be the first concert venue in the US and North America that zouk will be hosted in!!


With over 20,000 square feet, we are expected to massively grow this scene as much as we can offering a variety of activities and focused learnings and Performances. Highlights will include the epic ZenZouk Colors show as well as guest production shows on stages that were once performed on by Famous International artists ie Michael Jackson, Pat Benetar, HUey Luis and the News and More. Team competitions like the BZDC as well as dedicated PEACE OUT PEACE IN room guided by Ruth Gatling will also be hosted. THe festival is expected to begin 1st with ZenZouk Teacher Training and end on July 6th! So make sure you take off work for the week of JULY!

The ShowBoat Hotel has direct access to Atlantic City's Newest and growing popular casino the "Hard Rock Cafe" and directly next door is the new Ocean Atlantic formerly known as the Revel. We are happy to announce our partnership with the Showboat to deliver an exceptional festival.

Sun, sand, towering resort hotels, the bustling Boardwalk, the awe-inspiring Atlantic -- this is one beach summer festival you don’t want to miss.

Offerings at Zouk N Play 2020

ZOUK N PLAY BEACH FESTIVAL 2019 will offer the following:


⛱ One Hotel and Premiere Venue in one place

⛱ Beach and Boardwalk Access

⛱ Day Workshops and gatherings

⛱ Friday Evening Performances by Community Teams

⛱ The 2nd PREMIERE of the ZENZOUK COLORS SHOW in the former "House of Blues" Theatre!! This is an 1.5 hour long production that you do not want to miss!!!

⛱ Day Parties in the Zen and Buddha Like Foundation

     Room - a former high roller suite!

⛱ BZDC Brazilian Zouk Dance Council Competition

⛱ 3 AFter Show parties 



About Ry'el Velandia

It's our Playground - Let's Play

Proud to present the Talent Director, Choreographer, and Performer of the ZENZOUK COLORS SHOW in Atlantic CIty. 


Ryel  Velandia, a true Brazilian Zouk Evangelist, shares his passion teaching Zouk to students and is on a mission to provide others the gift of dance and movement. He is an international performer, choreographer, instructor, and dance coach, and talent director, 2014-16 Bras Do Santos Brazouka’s  dance captain / company member,   2013 International Zouk Flashmob choreography winner with his sister Clo Ferreria, 2013 World Salsa Summit champion, a member of the Cast for the famous TV show Mira Quien Baila 1st season (Look who is dancing, Univision) 2010.  He performed as part of Cecilia Marta’s dance Company in NYC Summer stage at central park and DRA Gala (dancer responding to aids) and creator/director of ZenZouk, a method of teaching Brazilian Zouk Lambada and over all body movement through multiple exercises and philosophies based on the “elements”,  including earth, water, fire, and air - as symbols for analyzing dance and personal  movement.


Ryel’s  main aim is to educate and cultivate the appreciation for each one of these different styles of Brazilian Zouk-Lambada,  building a strong foundation of versatility by embracing  evolution  through the classics techniques found in the origins of our dance (Lambada).


More about Ryel Click Here


See his work and artistry here


Ryel developed his curriculum based on his experience teaching Zouk and movement, and traveling/teaching with internationally known Bras Dos Santos (pioneer of LambaZouk) and the cast of Brazouka. He holds many classes in New York City teaching both LambaZouk and Traditional Zouk, while using his ZenZouk methodology to create awareness in oneself to become a better dancer. 




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