Kizomba Lessons Toronto

Learn to Dance Kizomba Socially

Kizomba dance is a wonderful dance originating from Africa. To learn Kizomba or take your current dancing to a whole new level, Access Ballroom dance school is the place for you! Book your trial private dance lesson with us today to try out our Kizomba Lessons and more. No partner or dance experience is necessary to book your classes.

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What is Kizomba?

Kizomba is a product of evolution. It denotes a dance form as well as a musical genre.

Kizomba is a Kimbundu word from Angola that means “party.” Within the Bantu ethnic group of Angola, Kimbundu is one of the most widely used languages. In the 1950s, the Angolan phrase “kizombadas” referred to a large gathering; nevertheless, neither the dance nor the music as we know it now were associated with it.

At that time, popular traditional dances included Semba, Kabetula, Kasukuta, Maringa, Caduque, Rebita, Cidralia, and Dizanda.
Carnaval dances make up the majority of these dances. Almost all of these dances may be seen one by one at the “Carnaval da Victoria” in Luanda, the capital of Angola.

The History Of Kizomba

One of the classic dances of fashion is the kizomba. Although fast, infectious, and rapid in its pace, it is both lovely and seductive. It is one of those dances that captures and entices us.
It is a breath of fresh air, something new, filled with emotion, and simple in its movement, for many individuals. Its fundamental steps are simple to create, as is the progression into ever-more-complex steps.
Although Angola previously practised a dance known as “Semba” in the 1950s and 1960s that we can consider the forerunner of the kizomba, its evolution as a dance is made in the 1980s. Even though the techniques and moves of this ancient dance, Semba, are not entirely defined, it is still very much alive in Angola. It is frequently danced at gatherings. Other traditional dances that are comparable to Semba include Rebita, Kasukuta, Kabetula, Maringa, Caduque, Cidralia, and Dizanda.
The combination of traditional Semba music and Zouk music has given rise to what is now known as kizomba. The various cultural elements that have colonized Europe, along with other South American musical styles, primarily the Argentine Tango and Cuban Merengue, have shaped the “kizombadas” dance style.

The Kizomba and Semba dances are very similar to one another in Angola. But Kizomba and Semba are completely dissimilar musically and in terms of their evolution.

In Angola, Portugal, and Cape Verde, Kizomba dancing has a long history. However, it has also expanded to a wide range of other nations, including Canada, the US, France, Egypt, Switzerland, Serbia, Spain, England, Poland, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Byelorussia, and Lithuania.

History of Kizomba Music

Following the influences of indigenous Semba music (the forerunner of Samba from Brazil) and Zouk music from the group Kassav from the French Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe, Kizomba music was created in Angola (in Luanda) in the 1980s.

Kizomba music developed as a more contemporary music genre with an African rhythm and sensual touch as a result.

Kizomba music, in contrast to Semba, has a slower and frequently highly romantic pace. The majority of Kizomba songs are performed in Portuguese because Angola was formerly a Portuguese colony and Portuguese is the primary language there.


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