January 13, 2009 § 10 Comments
Get in touch with kizomba and become “kizombeiro” says Benjamim Nande, Portugese kizomba dancer, teacher and choreographer, who has developed a very easy step-by-step method of learning basic steps and progressing quickly. You can easily check how this method works on a second Kizomba and Salsa LA festival in Belgrade, where Benjamim is returning next month. The event is on between 7th and 8th of February, and will present kizomba, salsa and bachata lessons. The best thing is, that this is a REALLY affordable seminar – full pass from only 20€ on. (ok a little publicity, but you don’t see such affordable thing every day, now do you) 🙂
I am very happy that Benjamim agreed to an interview and by that presented the magical kizomba to all of us, who have not tried this dance before.
1. Benjamim, I’m very happy you agreed to do this interview. Especially because where I live, kizomba is still far from being popular. We don’t do kizomba in Slovenia yet, so for starters, please explain the beauty of this style of dance!
Hello Irena! I am also very glad that you gave me this opportunity to bring a little bit of this world to Slovenia!
Kizomba is an African rhythm. It was born in Angola during the late 70s. Kizomba is in fact the result of an evolution: young generations, listening to traditional rhythms, felt something was missing – a modern and sensual touch. Adding an electronic percussion with a slow and extremely sensual rhythm… kizomba was born. The description that suits kizomba the best in my opinion is the following: A music that catches your ear and a dance that catches your soul.
2. When I watch kizomba it seems so smooth, reminds me a bit on foxtrot. Do you consider it as a very intimate dance (like some people classify bachata) or do you think it’s more social thing like salsa?
I believe that there is a misunderstanding in this concepts. An intimate dance can also be a social dance. Kizomba is a very intimate dance! But it is also a very social dance! That is the beauty of dancing – the intimacy starts with the music and ends with the music. You can dance kizomba with anybody in a intimate way – dancing is about enjoying the moment, the music and let it flow between you and your partner.
April 25, 2008 § 2 Comments
I haven’t. First time I heard about it I thought it must be some esoteric discipline, maybe martial arts thing or at least something Asian?! But it’s not. Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music created in Angola. Primarily it’s a genre of music, generally sung in Portuguese, a romantic flow mixed with African rhythm. The music and singing is of course combined with a very special dancing. The kizomba dancing style is known to be a very sensual. It was supposed to be created in early 1990’s as a fusion of semba (predecessor of samba) and Zouk (I’ve heard about that one before… yeey). As my friend Google and his lady-friend Wikipedia say, it is danced with a partner, very smoothly and slowly. Apparently a rather high degree of knee flexibility is required?! 🙂 Here’s a sample:
Somehow I see it as a salsa-bachata-tango thing? Well, it sure looks interesting.
A friend from Belgrade is organizing first festival of kizomba on 10th – 11th of May 2008. It will be a first time for them as well 🙂 They invited a Portuguese instructor Benjamim Nande, who will give basic classes of Kizomba and LA salsa style.
Jasna Kovačevič, the organizer of this first Belgrade Kizomba&Salsa Weekend says she’s really excited to have Nande on the festival. “Nande has taught kizomba in various countries, from Portugal, Spain, Poland, USA, Brasil, … and is known to teach kizomba in such a specific way it is really easy to learn and love immediately. On our seminar he will give all the basics of kizomba and then progress to improving levels.”
All interested please contact me, so we can share a ride (especially those with insured cars 🙂 🙂 )