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What is Kizomba/Urban Kiz and Why You Should Learn It!

What is Kizomba?

Kizomba is a closed embrace subtle and beautiful couples social dance from Angola that is gaining popularity all over the world in the last 5 years. It’s a slow dance based on walking patterns that creates a beautiful flow and strong connection that allows for an incredible amount of personal interpretation and musicality. It included both linear and circular walking patterns, and hip and body movements. It is sometimes called the African Tango, because of the close embrace and the similar walking patterns to Argentine Tango. Kizomba started in the 1980’s when Zouk and Kompa music from the Caribbean influenced Angolan music. Many of the Kizomba moves come from traditional Angolan dances, most well known are Semba (which looks a lot like really fast Kizomba). Today there are different styles of kizomba music and dance, but for all styles the basics are the same, which is what I teach first, then I teach a mix of the original kizomba style and the Urban Kizomba style.

Why Should You Take Classes? (And Why Take Them With Us)

First of all I will say that no matter if it’s Kizomba, flying a plane, learning how to draw or singing in a choir, try things, do things that make you happy, pursue things that you are passionate about because life is meant to be lived fully. (Check out the Current Class Schedule)

Secondly If you like Social Dancing, or are curious to try it, do try it! At Free to Move you are in good hands, Brigitte has been dancing for 14 years ( years for kizomba) and teaching for 8 years (4 years for Kizomba). She is passionate about teaching and is always bettering herself  training with different International Kizomba teachers for the last 5 years. Because she learned to dance as an adult she understands how a beginner feels and she is very patient with them, and she also knows how to break things down to help you understand the movements and steps. So the classes are challenging but also fun and you will feel welcome and like you are learning and understanding every class more and more. She focuses on giving you a good foundation which allows you to dance with everyone, to feel comfortable no matter if you are dancing in Halifax, Paris or Angola. Just be aware that yes everyone can learn how to dance, but it is a skill ad any skill takes practice ans effort to learn, so also give yourself time to learn. Typically to start getting comfortable enough to social dance, it takes most people about 6 months of classes

The way the learning system works at Free to Move, everyone starts with the Foundation 1 class to learn the basic steps and then, you can take any of the Foundation 2 classes in any order  Then Foundation 3 classes before moving on to Improver 1. The overall program is progressive, but each 4 week session focuses on different moves, skills, steps and concepts that are more or less independent from each other. Because we believe that perfect practice makes perfect, taking more than one class within your level ability, including redoing classes is very useful to gaining the body memory of the material so that you become comfortable on the social dance floor.

LevelSub LevelPrerequisite
Foundation 1A. Kizomba Basic Steps, variations, connection, leading/following basics & walking mechanics and basic circular movement and walkingComplete Beginners
Foundation 2A. Quarter turns, shuffles (virgula) & variations, and reverse turn, directional intention & the art of staying connected while turning and the importance of your axisFoundation 1, or other style
Foundation 2B. Men & Woman Saida Variations, understanding dissociations & exiting the line of danceFoundation 1, or other style
Foundation 3A. Flowing with it, Combining Foundation 2 steps with variations for a closed position flowAll Foundation 2 classes
Foundation 3B. Open frame & taps, frame, intention & connection differences between closed & open frameFoundation 2. a. & b.
Foundation 3C. Hinges, cheating steps & t-bone, the playfulness of half open frames & using your connection pointsAll Foundation 2 classes
Foundation 3D. Open walks, walk around & rhythm changes, the art of leading & following directional & timing changes in open frameAll Foundation 2 classes
Foundation 3E. Bloque, zig zags & rocks, the art of redirection & strenghtening your connectionAll Foundation 2 classes
Foundation 3F. Saida variations, including saida loops & intro to leg pushes & the art of using the frame to lead footworkAll Foundation 2 classes
Foundation 3G. Saida variations, including intro to side to side position & leg lifts & the art of using a side to side connectionAll Foundation 2 classes
Foundation 3H. Intro to kizomba turns and dipsAll Foundation 2 classes
Improver 14 weeks focus on a pattern with variations based on foundations steps and introducing more advanced steps like ochos, urban saidas, turns & dips & strenghtening the connection, walk, frame, ginga, musicality, self expression & postureAll Foundation 3 classes
OtherTarraxhina, isolation body movements and excercises to dance tarraxhina, or add flavor to your kizomba, great to improve your ginga, flow, balance, posture, strenght & isolationsRecommended to have some kizomba basics