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Kizomba is a partner dance originally from Angola characterized by close connection and smoothly grounded movement.
What is semba?
Semba is a rhythmic form of music and dance from Angola, born in the 20th century at the creative intersection of traditional African dance and colonial European influence.
Tarraxinha is the sexy, percussive cousin of kizomba; the name means “little screw in a bolt”.
What do these have to do with Latin dances?
Kizomba is an African dance, not a Latin dance, although the music has Caribbean influences. Salsa has become such an incredible global phenomenon that European organizers knew the best way to introduce kizomba to the dancing community of the world was through salsa congresses. As kizomba and semba have increased in popularity, new events have formed. Kizomba may now be found at festivals focused on ‘sensual’ dances and both kizomba and semba are featured at others that bring together numerous African dances.
Kizomba Community was an organization aiming to promote kizomba dancing and foster community building. This website offers an archive of content formerly located on KizombaCommunity.com. You can still find information about kizomba, resources for community, blogs, and interviews here. You can also still purchase videos on kizomba technique and styling. The site is no longer actively updated.
Rachel Cassandra is the founder of Kizomba Community. She spent several years traveling the world to teach kizomba, but she “retired” in 2017 to a more settled life in Stuttgart, Germany.