Cuban Salsa (Casino), Rueda de Casino, Kizomba & Urban Kiz Classes in Halifax


Scroll down for class descriptions! Click here to check out the schedule for current classes For prices click here. Location: Happy Soul Dance Studios, 3089 Oxford St, 2nd floor, Halifax, NS, (Entrance is on the side of the building on Bayers Rd.) We have new sessions starting every 4 weeks!

What is Kizomba?


IMG_3490Kizomba is a closed embrace subtle and beautiful walking dance from Angola that is gaining popularity all over the world. It’s a slow dance 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.

Below is the class options, typically there are always a minimum of 3 level of kizomba classes running each monthly session, so there is always something for every level of dancer. See the Schedule for the current schedule. Below is 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 (we recommend taking all of them if possible before moving on to Foundation 3, but there are a few options that only require some f the Foundation 2 classes) Then you take any of the Foundation 3 classes in any order again and for these we recommend you take each of them more than once 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 be believe that perfect practice makes perfect, we highly recommend considering to take our unlimited passes, which if you get 6 months or more give you a really good deal. Taking more than one class within your level ability, including redoing classes is super useful to you becoming comfortable enough with the material to be able to use it socially and really start having fun dancing.

LevelSub LevelPrerequisite
Foundation 1A. Kizomba Basic Steps, variations, connection, leading/following basics & walking mechanicsComplete Beginners
Foundation 2A. Quarter turns & variations, directional intention & the art of staying connected while turningFoundation 1, or other style
Foundation 2B. Shuffle (virgula) Variations & reverse turn, the art of feeling weight changes & being on your axisFoundation 1, or other style
Foundation 2C. 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