Kizomba came alive as Fred-Nelson and Morgane communed through dance. The hypnotic beats began, and suddenly I was transfixed. My eyes could not look away as this divine duo glided across the floor, their bodies undulating in flawless unison. It was a demonstration of kizomba’s magical power to speak to our soul. Check out the video below:
After teaching a sizzling workshop, these two world-famous dancers had taken the stage to showcase choreography at the 2023 Kizomba Open Festival. As soon as their feet started tapping, the atmosphere electrified. The crowd faded away; the only thing that mattered was their dance.
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This charming couple danced with flair and passion. Fred-Nelson, proud of his Portuguese heritage, was born in France but raised with close ties to Portugal. His parents hail from Viseu and Guarda, where he still returns regularly for holidays and family. By his side shined Morgane, the luminous dancer he fell in love with a few years prior. Together they imbued kizomba with other influences like tango, salsa and bachata. But their connection honored kizomba’s very essence – two as one.
I was spellbound watching them match each nuance of the music. Freezing as the beat dropped out. Slow motion gliding on extended notes. Quick pulsing steps amplifying driving rhythms. Their artistic musicality proved mastery transcends technique alone. Still, their prowess was astonishing—every grind, dip, turn and pop executed with precision and ease.
But more than flawless dancing, this couple modeled the spirit that makes kizomba magical. Their faces radiated pure joy, lost in the dance. Their chemistry revealed the foundations of a terrific partnership – communication, trust and relationship cultivated over time. This dance fed their shared passion.
They first met when Morgane, also a dancer, attended Fred-Nelson’s class with her mother. He instantly asked Morgane to dance, captivated by her grace. Although completely self-taught, he mentored Morgane in all he knew. Months later, the two won a major international competition, launching their success as a duo. “Fred-Nelson and Morgane” have since put on shows across the globe.
Beyond performing, Fred-Nelson directs his own dance school Studio Influence, training new instructors while teaching full-time. Morgane teaches there too, balancing it with instruction in jazz and ballet. For these partners, dance is both romantic chemistry and career. Their love spawned on the dance floor but expanded into everyday life.
Watching Fred-Nelson and Morgane glide so effortlessly rekindled my motivation to keep learning and growing as a dancer, at any level. Skills matter less than the happiness we feel moving as one. Their fearless authenticity inspired me to embrace myself and connect with others through dance.
Because dance speaks a universal language, beyond words. It provides an oasis where age, race and background dissolve away. Kizomba, like all partner dances, satiates our instinctive reaction to irresistible beats. We are wired to commune through rhythms.
My toes still tap just remembering their flawless choreography. So next time I hear contagious music, I vow to let loose without judgement. To find joy in community, creativity and imperfection. I feel called to join a class and discover the magic ignited by kizomba and other partner dances.
Studios welcome newcomers with open arms. The only price of admission is willingness to be your authentic self while having fun with welcoming people. Partners rotate so everyone dances. Skills learned transfer to other styles too. Someday you’ll also be gliding across the floor like Fred-Nelson and Morgane. Just make the first step.
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