Brazilian zouk dancing gains popularity in US

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kendra Haynes stretches so far back that her long blonde hair touches the floor.

It is a Monday night in Miami and the hour is approaching midnight. At the C Lounge and Cigar Bar, Haynes and a small crowd dance to the sounds of zouk.

Zouk dance and music is now taking root in the United States. It was born in the French Caribbean, adopted in Brazil and spread throughout Latin America and Europe.

Brazilian zouk classes and dance scenes can be found in cities stretching from Seattle to New York, and festivals featuring parties and top dancers are being held in Miami and Washington. A second annual zouk congress starting Thursday in Los Angeles is expected to draw hundreds.

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