While often placed with the Latin dances, kizomba is actually an African dance from Angola that is something of a descendent of semba. It was originally danced to kizomba music, although it is now often danced to a wide range of music with a similar beat. It is growing super quickly as a dance style, so what is it about kizomba that makes it so popular? Before we continue check out this video:
Here Sara Lopez and Ivo Vieira perform their demo to the rhythmic song Suculento by DJ Tarico, though the techno-like character of this piece suits Tarraxinha more than traditional Kizomba. Usually accompanied by melodic, romantic music at a slower pace, Kizomba highlights fluid hip motion and intimate connection between partners. Yet the infectious vibrancy of this particular track allows Sara and Ivo to infuse playfulness and flair, showing how Kizomba retains its inherent grace and allure across various manifestations.
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So now let’s talk about the reasons that make Kizomba such a popular dance:
1) It is romantic
Kizomba has sometimes been derided as being too sexual and, while it is true that the dance couple is in a tight embrace and there is a focus on hip movements, it is more of a romantic dance than a sexual one. I now that in our today’s video of the day you can’t really see romance, but in most cases you’ll be dancing to more melodic music and that’s what will set the tone for everything else. In Kizomba couples are joined at the ribcage/stomach, not the pelvis, and the hip movements are technical and specific. So if you are dancing with your romantic partner, kizomba is a great way of boosting your intimacy.
2) It is easy to pick up
Kizomba is one of those dances that are easy to learn but hard to master. You can learn the basics of kizomba in a few weeks and at least be competent enough to have fun at a dance social. Truly mastering kizomba can take a lot longer than that, however. There is a huge vocabulary of steps and movements that can be added to the dance so it can be as simple or complex as you need it to be.
3) It is versatile
And this large vocabulary can mean that kizomba is endlessly versatile. Take the above-mentioned video of Sara Lopez, for example. They are dancing kizomba in a completely new and interesting way but a way that is still unarguably kizomba. As long as the beat is right, kizomba can be danced to a wide range of popular music and it can be danced as a couple, solo, or in a group.
If our article has sparked your interest, now emerges a perfect moment to give Kizomba’s joyful cadence space to enter your days. Locate a class, studio, or social dance gathering in your area, then open your senses as this remarkable dance gently takes your hand. The time for new rhythms dawns bright with potential — will you heed the call?
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