How to Master the Steps for Kizomba

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Kizomba is a popular style of Angolan music and dance that originated in the early 1990s. The Kizomba dance is a sensual partner dance performed to Kizomba standards. Both the dance and the musical style have become popular throughout the world. Most steps of the Kizomba rely on a simple 1-2 or 1-2-3 pattern, while the emotion of the dance is performed in the hips. Mastering the steps for the Kizomba, like mastering the steps for any dance, relies on practice and patience.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Kizomba music
  • Open floor space
  • Partner
  • Mirror

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Instructions

    Mastering the 1-2 Step

  1. 1

    Lift your left heel off the floor, while keeping your toe on the ground.

  2. 2

    Switch the weight from your right foot to your left foot. Keeping in time to the music, lift your right heel off the ground. Pause for a beat with your right heel in the air.

  3. 3

    Repeat Steps 1 and 2 in time to the music. Counting 1, 2, pause can help keep in time to the music.

  4. 4

    Perform the 1-2 step in front of a mirror. Watch your hip movement to see that it coincides with the rhythm of the music.

  5. 5

    Perform the 1-2 step with a partner. The male partner should hold the female's right hand with his left, while holding her upper back with his right hand. The male partner begins the 1-2 step with his left foot, while the female begins with her right. Hips should remain in contact and move together to the music.

    Mastering the 1-2-3 Step

  1. 1

    Lift your left heel off the floor, while keeping your toe on the ground.

  2. 2

    Switch the weight from your right foot to your left foot. Keeping in time to the music, lift your right heel off the ground.

  3. 3

    Switch the weight from your left foot back to your right foot, and lift your left heel off the ground again. Pause for a beat with your left heel in the air.

  4. 4

    Practice these steps in time to the music both alone in front of a mirror then with a partner, using the posture described in Step 5 of Section 1.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice makes perfect. Repeating these basic steps of the Kizomba will allow you to master the dance by helping your body communicate with the music. Once you've mastered the 1-2 and the 1-2-3 step, you and your partner are ready to use the steps to begin the movements of the dance.

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