Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance, originating in Angola. It is a derivative of traditional Angolan Semba. On this basis, Kizomba music emerged as a more modern music genre with a sensual touch mixed with African rhythm. Unlike Semba, Kizomba music is characterised by a slower and usually very romantic rhythm, sung generally in Portuguese.
At EDS we teach at 3 different levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced.
All kizomba courses at EDS are on weekly basis and one (academic) year courses. The Kizomba Speed Course, in contrast, begins mid-season.
At the beginners lessons the emphasis is on learning the basic steps and some extensions. In fact this means the focus on weightshifting and you will learn basic principles such as the saida do homen en saida da mulher. The goal is to get a good sense for the rithm and partnering. The speed and level of the class are adjusted according to the insight of the professor. Of course he will take the level of the participants into account, which means that it won’t go too fast but neither too slow.
At the intermediate lessons we expect you to have approximately 6 to 12 months of experience in kizomba. The knowledge attained in the beginners class is applied in order to learn choreografies and figures in detail. The level is once more adjusted by the professor, in so that he can also fall back to basic techniques such as the contra tiempo (or troco o pe).
The advanced class is a little more of a challenge and uses everything you have learned in the beginners and intermediate classes as base.
If you have any doubts about your level the professor is always willing to give his advice.
In all the lessons people are encouraged to attend parties. It is a good and fun way to apply what has been learned and get to know the society. Often a group of members goes and has fun at the best (dance) parties!