Kizomba in the Kimbundu language of the Mbundu tribe of Angola means “to party”.
Kizomba, the music and dance finds its roots and influences within the Lusophone countries also known as the PALOP (Paises Africanos De Lingui Oficial Portuguese ) countries, a Portuguese abbreviation which loosely translates to ‘The group of Portuguese speaking African countries’.
These PALOP countries comprise of Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe.
Kizomba to the people of the PALOP countries is more than a dance, it is a cultural movement, one that helped its people express themselves and in doing so, in most cases stand up against the oppression by their Portuguese colonizers, who colonized them for up to 400 years.
Kizomba as a dance is built upon the pillar of ‘Connection’, not as much around the physical kind of the leveraging of push/pull, but more the emotional where dancers connect and move as one.
Kizomba as a partner dance stems from a humble embrace and is danced in a circular motion whilst always staying grounded.
It is danced to the rhythmic structure of Kizomba music; music which is heard all over the PALOP as a product of fusing the rhythms of Zouk music from the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadalupe, to their own traditional African rhythms.
Kizomba At Dance Blaze
Our teachers Infantino and Natalie, in sharing the basics of Kizomba, use it as a tool to help students connect with themselves, as they believe that connection with partner and with the music is only genuinely possible if one connects with self…first.
The syllabus is not level-based but rather designed taking into consideration that everyone can dance and belief in self is all that usually lacks.
The initial duration of 8 weeks helps students find themselves by sifting through the social structures that have piled up over time, eventually settling-in to a level of comfortability where they are to able to understand the reason they dance and are able to execute the basics of Kizomba in a social setting, with relative ease.
It prepares them with the understanding of the origins and influences of the dance, enabling them to improvise creatively whilst respecting the roots of the dance.