Kizomba Classes

What is Kizomba ?

Kizomba as a dance and music genre originates from the African country of Angola. The term “kizomba” comes from the Angolan language Kimbundu, which means “party”.

Kizomba was born in the 1980’s in the capital of Angola, Luanda, after major musical influences from Carribbean Zouk (not to be confused with Brazilian Zouk) and has its origins from Semba, a popular Angolan music genre. 

In the 60’s parties between friends and family were already referred to “Kizombadas” since Kizomba didn’t exist as a dance or musical genre at that time. Since the 50’s, Angolan people used to dance Semba, the precursor to modern Kizomba.

In the 90’s is when actual Kizomba music started to gain popularity, Kizomba dance started receiving more and more credit and began to take the form it has today. Angolan Semba dancers started to adapt their Semba steps according to the tempo and flavour of the Kizomba beats.

In a way, Semba danced in a slow way to Kizomba music is the basis of the Kizomba dance we know today.

Kizomba is one of the many partnered styles danced and enjoyed in a number of countries across the world.

Weekly classes

When: Wednesdays from 8pm-9pm

Where:  Otumoetai College Action Centre, 105 Windsor Road, Otumoetai, Tauranga

Cost: dependant on the course being taught,  casual rate is $15 per person per session

Contact: 021 034 8182

Email:  merwanandsaskia@gmail.com

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