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What is Kizomba?

Kizomba is an amazing social dance originated in African countries such Angola, Cape Verde, among other countries, influenced by Semba dance, Compa and Zouk music becoming the new social dance sensation all over the world. Is generally attributed to Angola as the word Kizomba comes from Kimbundu (is the second-most-widely spoken Bantu language in Angola) meaning festival, party,  to party.

Kizomba is also a music genre traced to the late 1970 finding the core in the Angolan culture and music. It is a slow, gentle, romantic rhythm with strong African colors, Zouk and Haitian Compas. Most of the Kizomba music is sung in Portuguese, as Portugal had a big influence in the history and culture of the Angolans, and therefore also in the Kizomba evolution.

What is Urban Kiz?

Urban Kiz as dance, is a subtype of Kizomba which was born from the new Kizomba styles of music(Zouk Bass, Ghetto Zouk, etc) that the Producers brought to the market and DJs played at the parties and at festivals.

Urban Kiz is characterized by brusc changes in the rhythm and flow of the dance, lots of syncopation(contratempo), the leading and following process is lineal and the dancers can mix between a straight/elegant posture to a relaxed one, the figures selection require a lot of technique, control of balance and body isolation(especially for tarraxinha and tarraxa/o), and the focus is usually put on total musicality and interpretation of the songs, distance between dancers, turns and spins, and flow contrasts.

What is the difference between Kizomba and Urban Kiz?

In comparison with Kizomba this style is more technical, dancers can have distance between each other allowing space for styling(Kizomba the frame is much closer), Urban is a lineal dance and Kizomba the motions are more circular (a good comparison: Kizomba is like Cuban salsa and Urban Kiz is more like L.A. Style Salsa), musicality is brought to the limits in Urban Kiz as in Kizomba the interpretation of the music is not as exact, Urban Kiz is technically more challenging for the follower as on the other side Kizomba puts more focus on the flow using relaxed rounded motions where the follower feels secure in the frame of the leader and achieve complete relaxation. But don’t be mistaken Urban Kiz can be as relaxed as Kizomba or even more especially when dancing on douceur. The music difference is also important as Kizomba is mostly sung in portuguese, as Urban Kiz dancers dance on R&B mixes and covers, Ghetto Zouk, Tarraxinha, even Dance Hall & Hip Hop mixes.

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Kizomba Intermediate

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Become and excellent dancer. Variations in the music, styling and flow are the elements you can easily play with on …

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Develop a strong Urban Kiz style. Understand and control the special flow and way of moving characteristic to …

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