Here are some tips for dancers on different levels - in salsa, bachata, kizomba, urban kiz, tango or whatever social dance you enjoy. We start out with beginners...
This is an excerpt from a bonus text in one of my books - "The Secrets of Social Dance - How to Become a Popular Dancer" which you can find on Amazon.
First of all, don't hesitate to go dancing. The longer you wait, the longer you miss out, and the harder it will be to dare to go. You don't have to be a great dancer to enjoy dancing.
When I started with capoeira, I went to classes for some time, but I think I took at least ten classes before I went into the roda, before I put anything that I had learnt to the test. I started seeing people who had just taken one class or a couple of classes going into the roda, and I began to wonder what I was doing. Why didn't I enter? Waiting for too long just made it more and more difficult as the pressure to perform got higher.
The earlier you start,...
In this post you will learn what leaders really think are the biggest mistakes followers do when they dance kizomba, kizomba fusion and urban kiz.
So, the biggest follower mistakes - this is something I really know about. I dance a lot, I teach a lot, and I give many private classes. But, to be really, really sure I also took some help from Facebook and asked this:
Leaders, in your opinion, what are the biggest mistakes followers do in their dancing? In terms of technique, attitude, anything...
I made the exact same post, but for leaders. Anyway, guys gave a bit different answers than girls did. It was more focused on technique than the answers that girls gave.
So, let’s get to it!
Not keeping your own balance
This is really bad for the leader because the follower needs to rely on him for balance and it can even pull him out of balance.
There are several different reasons. Some of the reasons can be:
- Feet are too far apart in taps
- Not walking on a line
Here you will learn what followers really think are the biggest mistakes leaders do when dancing kizomba, kizomba fusion or urban kiz.
Originally, this was my plan - to talk about the 5 biggest leading mistakes in kizomba. I was thinking a bit more technical tips, but some other tips too. I had it all ready, I knew what I was going to talk about, but then I asked a question on my Facebook, to get a bit more insight.
“Followers, in your opinion, what are the biggest mistakes leaders do in their dancing?”
I made the exact same post, but for followers. Anyway, the answers I got from followers were a bit different from my original plan.
The answers I got related more to other things, not the actual leading, but more things like attitude, connection, feedback, musicality etc.
So, I decided to include more of that, and instead call it the five biggest leader mistakes.
Just to be clear, this is not scientific at all, and it is not in any specific order,...
We are living in a world where social dance is currently a bit restricted, very restricted or outright forbidden. But before we ended up where we are now, kizomba and the related dances kizomba fusion and urban kiz managed to conquer the world, in just a few years.
Recently I realised that I actually took my very first kizomba steps in 2004, with a friend from Cape Verde. She showed me the steps in a normal club. So, in PALOP communities kizomba has been present around the world for quite a long time, but I didn't start dancing kizomba until 2011 and then there were maybe just 3-5 festivals per YEAR in Europe. In 2015 I had already been travelling to teach in several different continents. So, from 2011 to 2015 we went from having 3-5 kizomba festivals per year in Europe, to having 3-5 festivals every weekend and festivals in many other places all over the world. And in 2019, it was much more.
There are many reasons for this. I probably...
What is the history? How did kizomba conquer the world? What are the similarities and the differences between these dances?
What is Kizomba
There is some confusion as to what really is kizomba music. This is because the word has also become a kind of umbrella term that incorporates several different genres, including the real kizomba, coladeira, cabo-love, ghetto zouk, tarraxinha , and even European...
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