What is 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
Why Should You Take Classes?
(And Why Take Them With Us)
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
(5 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. For example she spent one month in France this summer going workshops, classes and privates with world renowned instrutors. 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 and any skill takes practice and effort to
learn, so also give yourself time to learn. Typically to start getting
comfortable enough to social dance.
The way the learning system works at
Free to Move, everyone starts with the Foundation 1, 2 and 3 classes to learn the
basic steps, turns and movements, before moving on to Improver. 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.
For Kizomba we also offer all level classes focussing on different techniques or dances relating to kizomba as well as several special themed workshops a year with both Brigitte and others with international teachers. 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.