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COMING SOON !!!! Act 3 Advance / Introduction to Semba de Roda with Christian Jean-Francois.
Kizomba is a new, increasingly popular, dancing phenomena to come to the
UK. Kizomba, meaning ‘to party’, originates from Angola. It is a fusion
of Semba from Angola and Zouk from the French Caribbean Islands. It is
characterised by smooth, seductive rhythms and is a very sensual dance.
A Partner Dance, (but you are welcome to come without a partner for
classes) which is equally as progressive to learn as salsa. Kizomba is
impressive to watch and stimulating to dance.
SEMBA de RODA
Pairs of dancers form a circle, with dance moves called out by one
person, a caller (or “Canto” in Portuguese). Many moves will have hand
signals to compliment the calls; these are useful in noisy venues where
spoken calls might not be easily heard. Many moves involve the swapping
ACT 1 Review
Kizomba is a close, romantic partner dance developed in Angola in the 1980’s, bringing together semba (a forerunner of samba), Argentine tango and zouk, an hypnotic rhythm from the French Caribbean. Here, Christian Jean Francois introduces beginners to the exotic moves and rhythms of the dance he grew up with, also dubbed “African tango”. Over the past couple of years, kizomba has exploded onto the club scene. Quick to spot a dance craze in the making, the United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing and Kindred Arts (UKA) launched the first official dance teaching qualification teachers in March. Christian Jean-Francois is a pioneer of the dance in the UK, a driving force behind the new qualification and the creator of a new style - Semba de roda - fusing kizomba with Cuban rueda de casino. Christian demonstrates a raft of beginners' steps, moves and body movement with dance partner Danusia Janick, including variations for saida, one of kizomba's key figures. There is essential instruction on authentic body movement for kizomba, including jinga or undulation (a fluid up and down movement) and dissociation (contra body movement) for both men and women. The setting is a well-lit dance studio, with simply dressed instructors. Instruction is straightforward and no-nonsense, with figures shown with a partner and separately, with and without music and, at the end of each section, as a sequence that gradually builds to include all the figures covered. I found this particularly helpful in highlighting my weaker steps and feeling the flow from one figure to another. Importantly, the pared-down delivery style and setting makes kizomba’s often subtle movements easy to follow. This is well pitched for the newcomer to kizomba; offering enough to challenge dancers and give a sense of achievement without being overwhelming. This is likely to give dancers the confidence to get out to a local club and on the floor enjoying an exotic new dance style and rhythm.