Kizomba Dance Classes Christchurch
Learn to Dance Kizomba in Christchurch City from New Zealand Champions
Kizomba the dancing style is also known to be very sensual and flows with a music of a romantic flow. Kizomba is a beautiful, sensual partner dance that is a fusion of European, African and Caribbean styles. Kizomba to the newbie looks a little like Tango, there are even fusions of Tango in some styles of Kizomba and there are more similarities because even Tango has roots in African dance "see history for more info". Kizomba was popularised in Portugal from Passada, more about the History below. It's popularity is growing extremely rapidly, if not the fastest partner dance style gaining popularity around the world at the moment, particularly Europe.
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Kizomba 101 Beginners Courses
- Free 1st Class on Week#1 Only
- Duration: 1 hour, once a week every week for 8 weeks
- No Partner Required
- Everyone welcome
- Start Dates above
When to Join?
It's best to join when the course starts (week#1) but can join any time up to week#2 at the latest. Even if you have done Kizomba somewhere else you will need to do our Kizomba syllabus to progress to the next level.
tip: Check the timetable for week numbers.
Kizomba Beginner Beginner 101 courses are ideal for absolute beginners & anyone who has had some partner dancing experience or if you have done Kizomba before, this is a chance to recap and learn more. Learn all the basics of most of the styles of Kizomba traditional style. Once you have completed the beginners 101 you can progress to the New Intermediate level.
Regardless of your dance level in other styles its always best to start at the beginning, we've redesigned this course for the absolute beginner in mind. Latin dancing is a great way to Have Fun, keep fit and meet lots of new people! If you have done some Kizomba before, we highly recommend you do this level regardless, teaching styles & information vary between dance schools. This is the most important of all the levels to master, worth repeating
Done Kizomba Before?
If you have done some Kizomba before, we highly recommend you do this level regardless, teaching styles & information vary between dance schools. This is the most important of all the levels to master, worth repeating at least a few times. If you are a confident dancer and know all the basics you'll need to get a grading to join higher levels regardless of your actual level. Please contact us if you wish to arrange a private grading here >
Kizomba Intermediate 301-314 Courses
- Modules: 301 - 314 (14 Modules)
- Duration: 1 hour, once a week with endless content
- No Partner Required
- Grading Required to Join
- Start Dates above
Requirements to Join & Grading
Progressing to this next level in Kizomba you will need to pass a beginner 101 grading. You won’t be able to join higher levels than 101 without grading from 2021. On week#8 of the 101 level there will be a grading/revision class, this is a fairly easy & fun class, focusing on revision of moves done at this level. If you miss a grading you can always book a 15min Private grading. Grading is a chance for Salsa Latina Teachers to give you direct feedback on your dancing. Once you pass you can join any new Intermediate Kizomba course and enrolment isn't required.
Enrolment Not Required
Typically, progression from the Beginners level to this stage occurs after successfully completing a grading. As a result, enrollment is automatic and not necessary. Nonetheless, if you are new to our classes and are visiting Christchurch, and would like to experience a casual class, or if you already have experience in this dance style, you have the option to register - enrol here >
• Duration: 1 hour, once a week for 8 weeks
• No Repeated courses, So you can continually learn once at this level.
This Intermediate Kizomba dance level we place more emphasis on timing, leading skills, connection, styling, variations of the fundamentals, positioning, body isolation with complex moves & combinations. This is where you get to learn how to play with the structure & fundamentals taught in beginners and start exploring Kizomba Fusion. For the more Advanced levels, tips will be given to take it to a higher level i.e. Advanced levels. More about the syllabus below...
Kizomba Footwork 301-314
The Kizomba footwork syllabus has over 1 year content, a new footwork/shine every week. note partner-work is different every week, no repeats.
Kizomba Dance Class Syllabus & Style:
Salsa Latina has been pioneers in bringing many dance styles to Christchurch and had its first Kizomba Classes in 2009 with Nikal (USA), it's quite possibly the first class in NZ of this style. Our System is based on Kizomba Fundamentals, known as the 'Salsa Latina Foundation System', which is unique in New Zealand. It's based on and very carefully constructed & refined from some of the best Kizomba dancers in the world & constantly updating. We specialise in Modern Improvised Freestyle Street Styled Kizomba with a good mix in all traditional & Urban flavours. good leading & following is the key. Many Latin dance schools do not know the difference on what is leadable & what isn't, if it can't be lead or followed, we don't teach it.
The 'Salsa Latina' Kizomba Foundation
At the start of our Kizomba classes we start with a Kizomba Footwork which also acts as a warmup to learn the essentials in mastering the feet, then we partner ladies & guys up aka 'Partnerwork'.
#1 Kizomba Partnerwork:
Learn from the ground up, a foundation that will build on itself, Think of it like a House foundation. Master these core moves known as Fundamentals and you will progress very quickly. You'll discover that all Kizomba dance 'combinations & patterns' are simply 'variations' of 'fundamentals'. We don't teach a random move of the week, rather it is taught to you in a way that is specifically designed to be progressive which build on previously taught elements giving the best results.
#2 Kizomba Footwork
You will also Learn Kizomba Footwork, even through Kizomba isn't traditionally a solo dance, learning about footwork is essential for any balanced Kizomba dancer to find their own balance 'literally' as well as flavour, skills & technique. We believe it's just as important to manage ones own footwork or 'shines' as a solo dancer before dancing with another.
We cover traditional fundamentals of Kizomba mainly in the beginner & improver levels to make a great foundation to learn Kizomba. Once we reach Intermediate level we teach a mixture of styles & flavours which include Caribbean flavours including French Zouk & Kompa & Afro styles which include Semba influences. While reinforcing Kizomba fundamentals, we also start exploring Tarrax, Kizomba Fusion & Urban Kizomba (Urban Kiz). We love to teach "all" the flavours that Kizomba has to offer, just like other forms of dance these how the style develops.
read more about the history and flavours Kizomba has become here >
You will Learn;
- 60 Footwork patterns "shines"
- Basic Timing & Counts for Kizomba
- Kizomba Dance Partnering Technique & connection
- Essential Kizomba Basics & Beginner fundamentals**
- Traditional Kizomba Style (Pasada)
- Urban Kizomba
- Caribbean French Zouk
- Kizomba Fusion
- Extra tricks
- Styling & Body Movement
- Advanced: Catering for Advanced level dancers as well.
- More advanced partnering techniques & dance technique
- How to dance the dance!
- Advanced Timing & understanding music & musicality better