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.
Kizomba Class Level Progression
N.B. We dont recommend jumping in the middle of a 'Kizomba course' unless you've had Kizomba experience, this is why we have a Free 1st Kizomba class only on the start date.. So for New Kizomba dance course start dates coming soon & Kizomba Level information see below. For levels above beginners 101 you will need to grade and gain a certificate to join these levels, read more about this below.
Kizomba Beginners 101 Courses
Beginner Course Start Dates:
★ Mondays 7:30pm ............. 12th April (101 Course)
- Partner-work & Footwork / Shines
- No Partner required (partner rotation)
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.
• Level: Beginners 101 = Courses are 8 Weeks, which includes 4 weeks of 101 & 4 weeks of 201 levels
• Duration: 1 hour, once a week every week for 8 weeks
• Free 1st Class: Only on Week#1 of the course is Free.
• No Partner Required & Everyone welcome
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 Salsa 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 >
Progressing & Grading for 101
Progressing to the next level in Kizomba you will need to do a grading on the last week of the 101 course to join a higher level. 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.
A Special Course Deal will be available close to the start date and up until midnight of the course start date in our online store. So snap these up because they are at a great price and are only available in beginner courses! You can choose other options such as concession cards, these are like bus tickets and can be used for any Salsa, Bachata or Kizomba class at any level. This give better flexibility while saving a reasonable amount. 3rd option you can pay as you go, but is the most expensive. See the bottom of the page or here for more details on price >
Kizomba Intermediate 301-308 Courses
Intermediate Course Start Dates:
★ Mondays 8:30pm ............ 15th Feb (303 & 304 Course)
★ Mondays 8:30pm ............ 12th Apr (305 & 306 Course)
- Partner-work & Footwork / Shines
- No Partner required (partner rotation)
Joining & Grading
You can only join this level when you have passed the Kizomba beginner level 101 Grading.... see here for info on grading.
Remember you can always repeat beginners & improver sections as well as this class to improve your base level.
Enrolment is not required for this level.
• Courses are 8 Weeks, which includes 4 weeks of each section
• Duration: 1 hour, once a week for 8 weeks
• Courses 301-308, join any course after beginners
• 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. 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 301-306
The Kizomba footwork syllabus has over 24 styles to learn over 24 weeks, a new footwork every week. each section is a 4 week block. note partner-work is different every week, no repeats.
FREE Kizomba Practice Times
This is a chance to practice all those moves you've been learning in class. You can turn up to either of the practice times, and its FREE for current Salsa Latina Kizomba students.
★ Mondays 7:15pm (15mins)
★ Mondays 8:30pm (40mins)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I bring a friend?
- Do I need to bring a partner?
- If I'm bringing a partner do I have to swap?
- I have done some classes, do I still join beginners?
- What Level am I? ..where should I start?
- Classes to Easy or to Hard?
- What should I wear?
- Do I need special footwear?.
- Do I need to bring anything?
- How long will it take me to learn to dance well?
- Do I need to Practice?
- Should I use Youtube to help learning?
- Do I need private lessons?
- Latin Dancing & International Latin, what's the difference?.
- Should I Learn Salsa first?
- Am I too young, old, small or big?
- What are the Benefits of Salsa & Latin Dancing?
The Kizomba dance is a couple dance from which many styles such as, Tarraxinha and Urban Kiz derived from. Before the word Kizomba was adopted most PALOPS used to refer to it as “Passada”. Passada uses the universal basics of partner dances. Side to side, Travelling & 360 degree rotation. These are basics came from the European dance called the Waltz which is dating back to the 16th century. Almost all partner dances have universal basics; from Bolero, to Son, to Bachata, to Semba, to Forro, to Tango etc… Each of these dances are how each culture perceived and mutated those basics into something that reflects their identity.....also see the video & Article about the Waltz here
Kizomba is characterised by a slower, romantic, more sensuous rhythm than Semba dance. Kizomba music emerged as a more modern music genre with a sensual touch mixed with African rhythm and Haitian Kompa & French Zouk .... read more >
Kizomba Dance Teachers
Find out more about our teachers, see their profiles
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'.
New Updated system added in Jan 2020
#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.
Kizomba vs Urban Kiz
We cover 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 while reinforcing fundamentals.
You will Learn;
- 30 Footwork patterns
- Basic Timing & Counts for Kizomba
- Kizomba Dance Partnering Technique & connection
- Essential Kizomba Basics & Beginner fundamentals**
- Traditional Kizomba Style (Generic)
- Urban Kizomba
- 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
Salsa Latina Class Prices:
• FREE 1st class; only applies the 1st week of Beginners Course Only.
• No Contracts or joining fees
• No Obligation
• Pay as you go system
• We accept Cash or Paypal & major bank cards (not EFTPOS)
• Beginner Course Rate ..........................$70 per course ($10 per class)
This is $70 for the Whole beginners 8 week course. x1 Free class and x7 remaining classes. This Special Course Deal for Beginners will be on offer close to the start date up until the 2nd week of a beginner course. For more details please see the pricing page>
• Blue x5 class Concession card ................. $65 ($13 per class)
• Red x7 class Concession card ...................$85 ($12.14 per class)
• Gold x9 class Concession card ..................$105 ($11.66 per class)
• Platinum x9 class Concession card ...........$105 ($11.66 per class)
• Casual Rate ...........................................$15 per class