What is Kizomba?
The word “Kizomba” means party. Originated from Angola, Africa, it is a close partner dance with few variations in the moves depending on the style. Contrary to your typical ballroom dances, Kizomba is a circular dance or in line dance (depending on the style), the steps are not repetitive and their association can be magical. Musicality plays a vital role in this style, the lead has full control of the dance with the follower having no control whatsoever. In fact, it’s better to dance it with your eyes closed to enjoy the infinite power of the body moving together in unison.
The joy of dancing kizomba lays on its simplicity: one, two, three steps and a few Saidas and you are done. When the lead takes charges effectively, the follower smiles throughout the duration of the song enjoying a lifetime connection experience.
Like any other dance style, Kizomba is evolving daily as different patterns are being added. The style has been brought up to special TV programs like “So you Think You Can” by countless worldwide renown instructors (like Felicien and Isabelle). Tango and similar styles have had a tremendous influence on Kizomba making it very close to any other Latin or other dance styles but keeping its original African touch. This diversity makes it easy for everyone to learn in little or no time using the dance floors as a test ground. It is a captivating and a unique experience.
Being a close dance doesn’t mean “sexual” or “romantic” invitation on the dance floor. The partners (dancers) decide how vivid they want to make their experience. Leads are always respectful and courteous to their followers and vice versa. No need to feel intimidated by your dancing level/skills or staying “too connected”, let the magic of Kizomba enchants you.