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What is Kizomba?
It is a musical genre and a dance that began to be composed between the late ’60s and early ’80s in Angola. This word comes from the Angolan dialect Kimbundu which means party.
What is New Kizomba Dance?
It is a social dance danced in couples in which the boy guides the girl through some basic steps and a great variety of combinations that the boy can modify by means of some guidelines. There is a great variety of styles, due to the great expansion and reception it has had in many countries of the world.
What is Kizomba Music?
This is a subject of great controversy. After I was researching and talking to various sources there is no official theory, but there is a lot of valuable content about the origin of this kind of music. It was a sound arising in the early ’80s, strongly influenced by the appearance of ZOUK, taken to Africa by the Antillian group KASSAV. Several Angolan artists began to create songs derived in the Semba (traditional Angolan music danced in couples). In the mid-’90s this word began to be used in Portugal to designate all the African music danced in African discotheques and dance clubs.
How to dance it?
All the substyles have in common that the leader embraces the back with his/her right arm to the follower and takes with his/her left hand the right hand of this one. The follower hugs the leader over his/her arm and shoulder with his/her left arm, and totally confronted, the leader guides the follower controlling the way in which the follower distributes the weight of his/her body. Almost all the dancing is guided by the leader with his/her right arm. There are basic steps, such as Basic 2, Basic 3 and Walk. There are also basic figures that are indispensable for dancing it.
What do classes usually look like?
In most classes, you usually don’t need a partner, everyone dances with everyone through changes that the teacher says every so often.
What is the best clothing for dancing it?
The recommended clothes should be comfortable clothes but do not necessarily casual. Special mention should be made of the girl’s footwear since as her dance level progresses, she will need a shoe that is more suitable for dancing. This is not necessary for the first classes of initiation, in which the majority of the girls opt for flat footwear and walk without supporting the heels.
What is Tarraxinha?
We could say that tarraxinha is the sensual ‘sister’ of kizomba. There is great contact between the dancers.
What does it consist of?
It consists of making soft movements and dissociations as if the two dancers were one.
What is its main characteristic?
Its most important characteristic is the scarcity of movements because it is not a dance to show off but to create a connection with your partner that no other dance provides. Its name means “zipper” which is precisely the movement you have when dancing. Both the boy and the girl create a movement similar to when we open or close a zipper.
Is tarraxihna danced like Kizomba?
If you are not used to recognize these rhythms it is very possible that you confuse Kizomba with tarraxa because they are similar. Although KZMB can be danced as tarraxa, tarraxa cannot be danced as KZMB, since in this rhythm there is no such thing as the “figures” that we have in modern KZMB.
As a curious fact we must point out that tarraxinha in its origins was created for the girl to guide the boy. Over time it has been included in the structure of all the dances where it is the boy or leader who guides the girl or follower.
It is a beautiful, sensual, explosive and contagious dance that has conquered the world in recent years. It is perfect for anyone who wants to enter the world of dance due to the softness and ease of execution of its basic steps. It allows to evolve to more complex steps and figures.
It is a dance that allows the couple to reproduce the music they are dancing with their movements and improvisations. According to their intimacy, it becomes a dance with a close embrace and a slow and sensual movement, which requires great driving skill and complicity.
Normally, an intimate embrace is generated. Leader’s guidance is primarily through the torso, but also with the arms and hip. The steps and figures walked are done with a slow cadence, so that the leader normally looks for the follower to walk as relaxed as possible, taking small steps and proposing soft rhythm changes.
This dance requires great flexibility in the knees for the upward and downward movement of the bodies in the dance, combined with cross and rotary hip movements.
The dancers´torsos are in contact most of the time, except in a few steps where the contact is lateral.
In its beginnings, this dance lacked turns, however it has undergone certain changes in Europe.
There are several bases or styles:
It is the most basic part of the kizomba dance. The couple walks together.
One does not walk, but the leader marks the cadence of the music softly with the hip during the musical pauses in which there is no beat.
The follower separates a little and walks beside the leader.
The couple dances imitating the movement of a fan turning from left to right.
Their thighs move describing a square.
It is danced on much more powerful beats. It is a more raw and dark version of tarraxinha, more focused on the percussions, rhythm and less on the melody
In Angola, there is not a great difference between the way of dancing Kizomba and Semba however, the music Kizomba and Semba are totally different.
Its musical base is easily recognizable. Touching it with the palms of the hand would correspond to the following sequence: A strong clap (which would correspond to beat 1 of the music), followed by two softer claps and very close together in time (the first of them would be a syncopated note and the second would correspond to beat 2 of the music) and finally a third softer clap also separated from the previous ones (which would also be syncopated).
Although there are currently several types, we can consider its precursor to the Angolan Kizomba, whose greatest exponent is Barceló de Carvalho, better known as “Bonga”. He introduced this rhythm in Europe at the beginning of the 70’s.
Due to the fusion of this rhythm with other trends, other styles have emerged:
It is very similar to the Angolan, being its main exponent Juka.
It is different from the Angolan one, being softer its rhythms, less rough and more lyrical.
It is a rhythm that is fashionable in Angola and that emerges with force.
It is another style of Tarraxo, a street style. It is stronger and has a faster rhythm compass