The world of dance is ever-evolving. Dance enthusiasts take elements of their favorite dances and combine them, bringing them to life with traditional music or contemporary compositions. Historically, immigrants and colonists have traveled the globe, bringing their cultures, including dance, everywhere they go! While the people intermingle and share their love of dance, they create new dances. Virtually every dance was born this way, but some have been around longer than others. When new dances emerge and grow in popularity, the dance community gets very excited! A new dance that is making its way to Arizona is Kizomba. The word “kizombada” means “party” in Kimbundu, which reflects the sensual fun and excitement that the dance evokes!
Kizomba comes from Angola, a South African country where traditional dances like Semba, Kabetula, Kasukuta, Maringa, and more were widely popular when Kizomba came to be. The majority of these dances are danced at Carnaval (a cultural festival), which has spread the popularity of these dances internationally. Kizomba is especially popular in Portuguese-speaking countries like Cape Verde, Mozambique, Brazil, and more! Yet, its popularity is also growing rapidly in the Western world and nowadays Kizomba can be found also in Portugal , the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Spain, the US, and some Eastern European countries, among others. Here in the states, it is hot in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities.
This dance is very unique, and is characterized by a slower, romantic, very sensual rhythm. Kizomba music is more modern, with a sensual touch and African rhythm. Angola is a former Portuguese colony, making its official language Portuguese. Because of this, current Kizomba music is generally sung in Portuguese and allows for the romantic flow of partners on the dance floor. The style of dance in Kizomba is exciting and sexy, with influences of dances like Semba and Tango. It is known for having a slow, insistent, sensuous rhythm with frequent simultaneous hip rotations coordinated between dance partners. The style of Kizomba now emphasizes a very smooth way of dancing with influences of Tango steps, but there are differences in hip movement. If you love the sensuality and intimacy of Latin dances like Salsa and the Argentine Tango, you just might love Kizomba!
We in Arizona will be experiencing a lot more of this sexy dance thanks to events like Dance FX Studios’ Kizomba Social on Saturday, July 19th, 2014! This event will be held at 1859 West Guadalupe Rd. #105 in Mesa, Arizona. Come join in the fun with a Kizomba group dance class and social dancing to follow in all of your favorite Latin dances. The class is just $10 and the social to follow is FREE with the purchase of the class. Otherwise, the social is just $5 a person.
You can really come prepared by taking a few private Latin dance lessons beforehand. Add some spice to your life with Latin dancing! Whether you have some experience and want to fine tune your skills or you are a beginner Latin dancer wanting to join in the fun, come try our Introductory Offer for Latin dancing lessons. You can see which dances you are interested in exploring and then hit the dance floor with one of our amazing instructors for some tips in Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha and more! During an Introductory lesson at Dance FX Studios, your instructor will help you begin your journey to becoming a Latin dance aficionado. Call us today at 480.968.6177 and join the Latin dance craze!