Kizomba & Rhythm – Class / Social

  • Date/Time
    Tue Jul 03, 2018
    7:00 pm

    La Pena

    Dance Style(s)

    7:00p-9:00p Beginner / Intermediate class 9:00p-10:00p Social $15 Class + Social

    What we teach
    Kizomba, derived from the traditional dances Semba (Angola) and Pasada (Cape Verde) among others, is a sensual partner dance coupled with music from Angola, Cape Verde and the Caribbean primarily sung in Portuguese or French Creole.

    Why we teach
    Our chief goal is for dancers, especially Kizomba dancers, new or improver, to learn to experience a different dance each time especially when dancing with the same partner to the identical song.

    Our philosophy
    Like most dancers, dance is leisure so:
        – Have fun
        – Make the dance your own
        – Listen to your dance music over and over until your very familiar
        – Dance with EVERYONE in the dance community
        – Turn your mistakes into possibly your signature move
        – There is one leader, the music, and two followers:
            – First follower follows the music
            – Second follower follows first follower and the music
        – Rhythm is key to a successful dance

    On-going Class
    $15 / $10 w/Student/Teacher ID
    Drop-Ins Welcome
    No Partner Required
    Private lessons available

    Title: Kizomba & Rhythm
    When: 7PM Tuesdays*

      * Schedule subject to change … La Peña website for updates

    Where: La Peña Cultural Center

                 3105 Shattuck Avenue
    Berkeley, CA  94705

    Instructor Bios

    Influenced as a young child by Rhythm & Blues, Classical, Jazz, Country, Salsa, African Rhythms and contemporary music, among others, David started taking dance seriously after younger brother Christopher introduced him to Salsa. Introduced to Kizomba after four years of dancing Salsa and Salsa Rueda, he now teaches Kizomba with his brother as “The Brothers Kizomba.”

    David, a student and instructor of Martial Arts for over 30 years, has a B. S. in Recreation and an M.S. in Education from California State University East Bay where he is a lecturer in the department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism.

    Also influenced as a young child by the same music as brother David (i.e. Rhythm & Blues, Classical, Jazz, Country, Salsa, African Rhythms and contemporary music, among others), Christopher was persuaded to try formal Salsa dance lessons. After five years of Salsa and four years of Salsa Rueda, a single Kizomba song led to Kizomba lessons and now teaching with brother David as “The Brothers Kizomba.”

    Attending well over 50 workshops and festivals, both domestically and internationally, both David and Christopher continue their Kizomba education from world-renown instructors including:

    Afro Latin Connection
    Albir Rojas & Sara Panero
    Cymeon Mopao
    Helio Santos
    Isabelle & Felicien
    Joao Rocha & Giedre
    Kwenda Lima
    Mafalda Butterflies
    Mandella & Lisa
    Mestre Petchu & Vanessa
    Ozy Shine
    Sara Lopez
    Tony Pirata & Sophie Fox
    Yami Step One

    Christopher holds an M.S. in Education and a B.S. in Management Information Systems.

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