Tango and Kizomba dance styles definitely have a lot of similarities, but there are also some key differences. At first glance, Kizomba seems to be a lot more sensual and romantic, while Tango is often more passionate and powerful. However, as you probably already know, that isn’t always the case and a lot depends on the music, the personal style of the dancers, as well as the different sub-genres of Tango or Kizomba that are being performed.
The only thing that is for sure though is that both dances are visually beautiful, very expressive and can be perfectly well mixed together as we can see from this video of Ségo and Claudyo fusing these two popular dance styles into a unique new form. As some of you can probably notice that at times it can be quite difficult to decern between the two dances as there are moves that seem to be borrowed from one style and then used in the other as well.
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Kizomba is a relatively new dance which was created in 1984 in Angola (Africa), while Tango was invented in the 1880s on the border between Argentina and Uruguay (South America). So it would be safe to say that it was Kizomba that borrowed some of its moves from Tango and not the other way around.
The main difference between the two however is the music. Kizomba music has a very consistent and easily recognizable beat, while Tango music is not as rhythmic and has a much more eclectic sound. At the same time, both types of music are well suited for dancing and have an almost hypnotic effect that keeps the dancer in the “flow” and the vibe is very intimate and sensual as a result.
If you would like to learn any of these dances for yourself there are plenty of beginner classes and workshops available both online and offline. However, since both of them are partner dances focused on social exchanges I would recommend joining a local dance studio as this will not only help you get better faster but will also allow you to meet new people and make friends who share the same interests as you. It is often a life-changing decision for a lot of people as it gives them an opportunity to connect with others on a personal level which is often missing in today’s world of smartphones and social media.
To wrap things up I would just like to mention that I am a big supporter of lifelong learning and a proponent of the fact that learning does not have to stop once you have reached a certain milestone in your life. Therefore it doesn’t matter how old you are or if you had any dance experience in the past, it can all be learned with the right guidance and some practice. So don’t underestimate your abilities and you will be sure to surprise yourself with newfound talents in no time!
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