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?
Kizomba 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.
|Foundation 1||A. Kizomba Basic Steps, variations, connection, leading/following basics & walking mechanics||Complete Beginners|
|Foundation 2||A. Quarter turns & variations, directional intention & the art of staying connected while turning||Foundation 1, or other style|
|Foundation 2||B. Shuffle (virgula) Variations & reverse turn, the art of feeling weight changes & being on your axis||Foundation 1, or other style|
|Foundation 2||C. Men & Woman Saida Variations, understanding dissociations & exiting the line of dance||Foundation 1, or other style|
|Foundation 3||A. Flowing with it, Combining Foundation 2 steps with variations for a closed position flow||All Foundation 2 classes|
|Foundation 3||B. Open frame & taps, frame, intention & connection differences between closed & open frame||Foundation 2. a. & b.|
|Foundation 3||C. Hinges, cheating steps & t-bone, the playfulness of half open frames & using your connection points||All Foundation 2 classes|
|Foundation 3||D. Open walks, walk around & rhythm changes, the art of leading & following directional & timing changes in open frame||All Foundation 2 classes|
|Foundation 3||E. Bloque, zig zags & rocks, the art of redirection & strenghtening your connection||All Foundation 2 classes|
|Foundation 3||F. Saida variations, including saida loops & intro to leg pushes & the art of using the frame to lead footwork||All Foundation 2 classes|
|Foundation 3||G. Saida variations, including intro to side to side position & leg lifts & the art of using a side to side connection||All Foundation 2 classes|
|Foundation 3||H. Intro to kizomba turns and dips||All Foundation 2 classes|
|Improver 1||4 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 & posture||All Foundation 3 classes|
|Other||Tarraxhina, isolation body movements and excercises to dance tarraxhina, or add flavor to your kizomba, great to improve your ginga, flow, balance, posture, strenght & isolations||Recommended to have some kizomba basics|