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

Sunday Train & Chill Fall Workshop Series: Tarraxhina/Tarraxa/o

This series of Workshops about Tarraxhina/Tarraxa/Tarraxo and Styling are all connected, but can all be taken separately. They are a great way to gain understanding and to integrate more style and body movements in your kizomba.

From 12-1:30pm: Learn about the origins of body movement in Kizomba and about the flowing movement of it’s sister dance, traditional Tarraxhina in later workshops about the evolution of Tarraxhina in the more urban style of Tarraxa and then the latest style Tarraxo. Including the basic steps body movements and musicality for each style.

1:30-2:30pm: Potluck Lunch break and open question period

2:30-4pm: Basics of leading and following Tarraxhina/Tarraxa/Tarraxo (depending on workshop focus) as well as a pattern with variations.

4-5pm: Social dancing and answering questions

(very basic Kizomba needed to take this workshop)

The last Workshop on Wed Dec 12 will be about giving space and taking your place in the dance with body movement and styling in your kizomba/urban Kiz

More info on all the workshops:

One Workshop: $45/student $40
All workshops: $150/student $130
(There are also specials if you register for regular classes too, check out prices:

At Happy Soul Dance Studios, 3089 Oxford st, Halifax
Organized by Brigitte Aucoin and Free to Move Dance School,, 902-471-6154

Excited to be teaching the first workshops of the Fall series this weekend! Tarraxhina Foundation! People have been asking be the difference between the different styles that I will be teaching (I do want to mention that the terms I am using are not universally accepted… but commonly used) All these styles can be danced as a stand alone dance, or used to add some spice and musicality to your kizomba/urban kiz.

Here are the videos and descriptions of the different styles:

Tarraxhina is the original Angolan sister dance to Kizomba that is all flowy hip movements and showing off the follow. It is danced almost on the spot, very focused on isolated hip movements that are quite contained, the music is also more similar to regular traditional kizomba, so still quite flowy.

Tarraxa is the younger cousin of Tarraxhina and the sister to Urban Kiz. The movements isolations are still for the most part circular and more focused on the hip movements, but bigger movements on a whole with more kizomba basic steps added, so it moves more around the room. The music is also more urban and has more beats to it. It also has many flavors and a wider range as it encompasses all the changes in between Tarraxhina and Tarraxo:

Tarraxo (or Tarraxa Osteo) is a very recent style that developed out of Tarraxa in the last 3 years in response to the evolution of the music with harder beats and bringing influences from different dances. Tarraxo, it uses more isolations and movements coming from the whole body, not just the hips. It also uses more hits with the hips in an up/down motion and moves around the room more. The music is also quite urban and has much harder beats.

Hope this helps and hope to see you in the workshops!

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