Welcome to our Kizomba dance classes! We are thrilled to have you join us and want to make sure that you feel comfortable and confident in your dance journey. We have different levels of classes to accommodate all skill levels and help you progress as a dancer:
Level 1: Absolute Beginners
This level is perfect for those who have no prior experience in Kizomba dance. In this class, you will learn the basic steps and movements, as well as the fundamental techniques of leading and following. We will cover the basic timing and rhythm of Kizomba music and how to dance to it.
Steps: Basic 1,2,3,4,5, turning left, turning righ, Saídas (homen, mulher, combinada, lateral), Estrela, Chacha, openings, closings
Leading and Following: changing weight with your partner, entering and maintaining a connection
Prior knowledge needed: nothing 🙂
Level 2: Beginners 2
In this class, we will introduce the foundation steps (not to be confused with "basics"). This is a crucial course and will provide you with what you need in order to experience what it means to dance Kizomba. We often advise to repeat this level several times due to the ground floor importance.
Steps: L-step, virgula, corridinho, estrela with chacha, 180°, half moon, pauses, ida e volta
Leading and Following: feeling chachas and pauses, leading and following as one entity
Prior knowledge needed: Level 1
Level 3: Improvers
We continue building on the foundations from the previous levels and explore more complex yet frequent combinations and techniques.
Steps: variations of L-step, X-step, N-step, V-step, Y-step, corridinhos, apple, saída combinations
Leading and Following: by now leading and following should be intuitive and automatic
Prior knowledge needed: all the content from Level 1-2
Level 4: Intermediate 1
At this level, we assume that you have a good understanding of Kizomba and can execute all common steps and movements with ease. In this class, we will focus on developing your musicality, body movement, and flow. We will move more and more into Semba from here and introduce intricate patterns to push your skills to the next level. Leading and Following Techniques will not be explained anymore in this level.
Steps: variations of all foundations including tempo and directions, saída do semba, circle, leans, sits, and ponies
Prior knowledge needed: all the content from Level 1-3
Level 5: Intermediate 2
We will further refine your technique, and introduce more complex patterns that will challenge your skills. We will focus on developing your musicality and body movement to create a more dynamic and expressive dance. From this level onwards we expect followers to be comfortable leading basic movements and leaders to be comfortable following them. Moreover, lifts, drops, dips & tricks will be regularly part of the routines.
Leaders and followers following different steps and tempi, being able to dance alone, style, confidence, spontaneity, drops & splits
Prior knowledge needed: all the content from Level 1-4
Level 6: Intermediate 3
At this level, you will have a deep understanding of Kizomba dance and will be able to execute complex patterns with ease. In this class, we will focus on perfecting your technique, developing your own style, and exploring new concepts in Kizomba dance.
Dynamics, energy exchange, playfulness, musicality, contextualisation of the music, more acrobatics
Prior knowledge needed: all the content from Level 1-5
Level 7: Advanced
We assume that by now you are a highly skilled dancer with a strong understanding of Kizomba and Semba and other dances falling under their umbrella (such as Tarraxinha, Coladera, Konpa, etc.). We will focus on developing your creativity, musicality, and individuality as a dancer. You will learn advanced techniques and concepts that will push you to the limits of your abilities.
This level is only by personal invitation and recommended for joining our show team.
It's important to remember that each level is designed to build upon the skills and techniques taught in the previous level, so it's essential to master the foundations before moving on to more advanced concepts. This will help you become a well-rounded and confident dancer and ensure that you get the most out of your dance experience. It's important to trust your teacher's judgment and expertise when it comes to your skill level.
Kindly respect the assigned level out of courtesy towards your fellow students and dance partners this will also ensure that you receive the right level of instruction, challenge yourself appropriately, and progress at a steady pace. If you do wish to join a level mid-way, we suggest you consider a couple of private classes to catch up with the rest of the group.
Our teachers are highly experienced and dedicated to helping you improve your dance skills. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide guidance and feedback to help you progress.
We hope that you will find our classes challenging, rewarding, and most importantly, fun!
So, let's get ready to dance together 🙂
Kizomba is a beautiful couple dance, originating in Angola. Often described as African Tango, it developed from the Angolan dance Semba in the 80's and 90's before starting to spread over the Portuguese speaking countries ...
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