Do you speak Kizomba ? Are you fluent?Read More
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It’s the giant elephant in the room at any Kizomba event, class or festival. The whirling, turning, circular argument, fueled by a few and gaining new fighters all of the time. That’s right, it’s the ‘Kizomba vs Urban Kiz’ debate.Read More
The part of the deal which we often forget is the deal we have with ourselves. In many cases we do not get sick pay, annual leave, or any kind of benefit associated with more regular working contracts. ‘The show must go on’, has been tattooed into our subconscious, so usually getting sick is simply not an option. How many stories have you heard of dancers and artists performing ridiculous jobs even with serious injury or illness? Maybe we just love the drama of it? Or maybe it’s time to engage the power of our ‘no’.Read More
Feedback is an amazing tool in our quest to improve our dancing. When we receive comments about what we’re doing well, what’s not working, or what we should try to change, it provides us with direction.
Photography: JS Almonte
Author- Rachel Cassandra
To keep up with Rachel Cassandra be sure to explore plenty more at KizombaCommunity.com, including more articles, instructional videos, and information on connecting to kizomba all over the world.Read More
The reality is this perception of the female kizomba artist could not be further from the truth. In a truly beautiful and synchronised kizomba dance both partners are 100% invested. Each person is giving 100% of their energy, and both people are receiving the other person’s energy. They are a harmonious team, representing yin and yang, lead and follow, invitation and response, to create something that looks and feels like real kizomba connection and artistry.Read More
Because Kizomba does not invite spectators. Infact, she discourages them. Tricking them with her supposed simplicity, she saves the subtle beauty of the dance to be shared between the dancers. Onlookers only see that bubble of calm which extends from their matching sleepy smiles, they don’t even know they share.
It’s a weeknight, you wander into your local club for your after work dance fix. Inside the dimly lit rooms the sweet sounds of salsa emerge, erasing the stories from that mid afternoon meeting. You slide into your dance shoes and let loose for a while. When you feel yourself getting into your happy dance bubble you saunter into the smaller, steamier room to get your kizomba and bachata fix for the nightRead More
The next stage is that kizomba light bulb moment! Its that moment where you are dancing and in an extremely cliche fashion the whole world seems to disappear, and you think you might be floating. This is pure connection. You are having an incredibly special conversation with someone, and it can be with anyone, and last a whole song, or many.Read More
Art is a funny double edged sword. For those of us who love dancing so much it has become inexorably tied to our identity, it is an expression of a very deep part of ourselves. Inevitably our sense of self worth also becomes tied up with our movements.Read More
This is one of the unique beauties of Kizomba. It is not designed to be watched. Of course the outside observer can see there is something special going on. But what is actually happening between a dancing pair is a feeling totally unique to that specific combination of people.Read More
The kizomba bubble can become a safe place to trust your own body and that of someone else. Kizomba allows us to open up to the possibility of having these unspoken conversations, with people we may hardly know, or others we know very well.Read More