Kizomba is a style of dance and music that was created in Angola in the 1980's. Kizomba music is closely related to Zouk and is known for having a slow, sensuous rhythm that is the result of electronic percussion. Kizomba as a dance emphasizes a very smooth way of dancing combining African dances with Tango steps. People dance in a close embrace on the tempo, occasionally using syncopation steps. Kizomba dancing is very sensual: the music has a pulse that is easy to connect to. Once you start dancing, you can feel that pulse connect you to the music and your partner.
Listed below are the Kizomba classes we offer. We don't always offer every class, so make sure to check the Class Schedule to see what is offered each session.
Learn how to walk and move together smoothly with your partner to the rhythms in Kizomba music. This class will show you how to step and move to the core rhythms in the dance and teach you common step patterns that you can then use to express what you hear in the music. You will also learn about saidas: moves that disconnect you from your partner and allow you to reconnect to make the dance more dynamic. You can take 1a and 1b in either order. Both are required before moving on to Kizomba 2.
Kizomba 1a AND 1b
Kizomba 2a, b & c will build on the basics and teach you combinations designed to make your dancing more dynamic and improve your lead/follow connection. Classes can be taken in any order.
Kizomba 1a or 1b preferred but not required
Afrobeats is a combination of traditional Nigerian and Ghanaian music, jazz, highlife, funk, and chanted vocals, fused with percussion and vocal styles, popularised in Africa in the 1970s. We start class learning movements that go with Afrobeats to put you in the right mindset for Semba.
Semba is an energetic dance from Angola and the root dance of Kizomba. Unlike Kizomba which is focused on the soft and internal connection between dance partners, Semba has an outward focus: where the lead gets to play and show off while the follow presents herself.
Kizomba 1 or equivalent experience
For the Kizomba dancer that's looking to understand more about the dance and how to develop your own style and musicality; join us for a 5 week session where we'll explain body movement and the different dances that have influence or have been influenced by Kizomba.
Week 1 will cover body movement that will help you with you ginga.
Week 2 will go over Tarraxinha and how it fits in with Kizomba
Week 3 will cover Semba, a dance and music style from Angola that is one of the main contributors to Kizomba.
Week 4 will cover Urban Kiz, a dance style that grew in France with influences from Kizomba.
Week 5 will cover Kizomba Fusion, kizomba mixed with other dances like Tango.
We will teach a different topic each week covering dances related to Kizomba: Semba, Afrohouse, Kizomba Fusion, Urban Kizomba and Tarraxinha.