Kizomba is not just a dance and music, it is also a way of life. The term derives from "Kimbundo," a language of Angola, which means "Party". The music is the result of fusion between Semba music and Zouk-Love music (1980's). The dance steps come from Semba with a new twist to fit the interpretation of the Kizomba music. Songs are sung generally in Portuguese, although with its popularity in Europe, more songs are being interpreted in English and even Spanish. The Kizomba dancing is known for having a slow, insistent, somewhat harsh, yet sensuous rhythm; the result of electronic percussion combined with African rhythms.
The sensuality of dance and music of Kizomba is very strongly making its entrance into the US. Join this new dance style and be part of a movement that is turning heads and winning hearts among couple in different dance venues! The dance is elegant, sophisticated, and simply looks hot!
Class will be taught by Christian Franco Gutierrez - instructor with 3 Kizomba training and formation courses from KizombaFeeling.com (levels 1 and 2; 6 hrs) and Kizomba Kingdom (levels 1, 2, 3, & 4; 9 hrs), and Meste Petchu Kizomba Formation Course (30 hrs).
Christian has gained cumulative kizomba knowledge by attending Pablo Vilches (Spain), Ivan Ayuste (Spain), and Ricardo and Paula (Afro Latin Connection, Portugal) when they visited Dallas, Houston, and Austin promoting the Kizomba dance at the Dallas Bachata Festival 2011; Kizomba and Bachata Summer Festival in Houston (2012); Houston / Pearland Kizomba Bootcamps (2012); and the Austin Inspired Movement Intermediate Kizomba Bootcamp (2012).
Christian has further gained more knowledge in Kizomba with Kwenda Lima, Eddy Vents, Ivo Viera, and Oscar BA when he visited the 1st San Francisco Kizomba and Zouk Dance Festival 2012. At the Dallas Bachata and Kizomba Festival 2012 workshops and Houston bootcamps, master classes he has learned from David Campos and Guira Rei (New York) and Fred Maestro (Paris). Most recently Christian attended both the Sensual Dance Madrid Kizomba Congress and Milan Kizomba Festival in December 2012 where he attended workshops by Afro Latin Connection, Mestre Petchu, Ivan and Eva, Ruddy and Vie, Tamas and Veronika, Fernando, and Michaela, Joao and Mafalda, Victor and Coralie. World-known instructors in the art of Kizomba. Between January 7th to Jan 14th 2013, Christian traveled to Lisbon, Portugal to spend 1 week training with Mestre Petchu Kizomba and Semba Formation Course.