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Looking to work on your rhythm or interested in taking a new dance class? Keep kizomba in mind. Originating from the Southern African country of Angola, kizomba is both a music genre and dance style. Kizomba also translates as 'party' in Kimbundu, one of the languages spoken by the Bantu group.
You might be more familiar with semba, which began a few decades earlier in the 1950s. If you haven't heard of semba, it is based on traditional African dance and colonial European influences. One of the most characteristic movements in this style is massemba, or the touch of the bellies. If you've seen this dance before, you'll notice that the moves are playful and quick.
Kizomba, on the other hand, is slow, smooth, and sensual, which makes it great for dancers at any level. The most important thing about this dance is connection. Check out some photos and facts of kizomba below, and sign up for a class near you!
What is kizomba?
Kizomba is an African partner dance known for its smooth movements and connection.
Did you know that you can dance kizomba with only four or five moves? Movement depends on the music.
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When you dance kizomba, you focus on the music.
“If it’s done well, if it’s done with the music, you don’t even need to do one saida, and I’m happy, you can only see a grin on my face because they’re feeling the music, they’re following the music. That’s what makes the dance as exciting as it is, not the moves,” says Angolan-born Riquita Alta, according to Kizomba Community.
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Is kizomba a Latin dance?
Many people confuse kizomba for a Latin dance. While this is a compliment considering the wonderful variety of social Latin dances such as salsa and merengue, kizomba is from Angola, which makes it an African dance. Kizomba music, however, does have Caribbean influences.
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What's the difference between semba and kizomba?
Although both semba and kizomba originated in Angola, kizomba is relatively newer. If they seem related, that's because they are! Kizomba draws its influences from semba but it has evolved to more closely match the music, which is generally slow and sensual.
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When it comes to kizomba, connection is key.
'I love the feeling you get with the connection of your dance partner... with the body movement... and the music,' says professional dancer Melissa Arenas.
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