Kizomba is...

"An embrace means I don't feel threatened by you, I'm not afraid to be this close, I can relax, feel at home, feel protected and in the presence of someone who understands me. It is said that each time we embrace someone warmly, we gain an extra day of life."

A quote from Paul Coelho (one of my favorite authors) that describes for me what dancing kizomba is like.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Kizomba Weekend: Jamba and Adoree May 16-17, 2015

We are happy to welcome Jamba and Adoree to Seattle May 16-17, 2015! This will be their first visit to Seattle so let's give them a warm welcome. This couple hails from Prague and bring with them lots of energy, playfulness and passion. The weekend also coincides with 3rd Saturday Late Night Kizomba in West Hall at the Century Ballroom to make this a mini-kizomba-semba treat. Come learn from, dance with and meet this creative and fun couple.


May 16, 2015 WORKSHOPS
1:00 - 1:30 Registration
1:30 - 2:30 Kizomba Foundations
2:30 - 2:45 break
2:45 - 3:45 Kizomba Improvers
3:45 - 4:00 break
4;00 - 5:00 Semba Foundations
5:00 - 5:30 Wrap-up, Pictures, etc.

May 17, 2015 MINI-INTENSIVE
For the dancer that's looking for more specialized attention at an affordable rate.

These 1.5 hour sessions that will be limited to 10 people. These sessions are designed for dancers who want to take their dancing to the next level. Not only will you be able to get more individual attention from the instructor, you will also be in a class with other dancers that share the same goals.

When you register for this option, you will be emailed a set of questions to help confirm and ascertain your level and goals so you can be grouped with the right people.

Session 1: 12:30 - 2:00 is OPEN; Lead's Only, Follow's Wait List Only
Break 2:00 - 2:15
Session 2: 2:15 - 3:45 is FULL - Wait List Only
Wrap-up 3:45 - 4:00

PRICING
1 class $25
2 classes $45
All day (3 classes) $65
Mini-Intensive (1.5 hours) $45
Full Weekend (3 classes and Mini-Intensive) $95

Prices will go up the day of the workshops:
1 class $25
2 classes $50
All day (3 classes) $75

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT
Workshop Payment (Service Fee Included)
Which Sunday Small Group Session?
Specify which class if you did not get the full Saturday:
Please type your full name:
Lead or Follow?
MORE ABOUT JAMBA AND ADOREE
Artist Statement and Bio

PRIVATES
Jamba and Adoree are also available for privates. Please contact kizombaseattle@gmail.com to schedule them. Space is limited so plan ahead.

REFUNDS
Classes, Workshops and Mini-Intensives are transferable and non-refundable. Please contact kizombaseattle@gmail.com to notify me of the transfer.

Since the Mini-Intensives are based on your level of dancing and similar goals with your fellow attendees, your substitute should be of the same level of dance and role as you. The transfer is subject to final confirmation after you notify me of the request.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kizomba Portland Love

It never ceases to amaze me how the energy of early discovery and building a new community can be so different and exhilarating compared to the normal high that comes from just dancing and teaching. There's a freshness and excitement of being on the leading edge that makes it even more fun than it already is.

I have been blessed to be part of so many beginnings that go beyond teaching someone to take their first steps when learning kizomba. I've been lucky to be part of 1st and 2nd waves of kizomba in places like: Seattle, Vancouver, Mexico City, Nicaragua and now Portland.

Portland is a late bloomer. When Kizomba Seattle started ramping up a few years ago, we had visitors from Portland and Vancouver (BC) coming to join us for our weekend workshops and dances. While our scene here in Seattle developed at a steady pace, the folks up north really fell in love with it and they have successfully integrated it with other dances in the form of SBK (Salsa Bachata Kizomba) nights and Kizouka (Kizomba and Zouk nights). There are studios teaching regular classes and DJ's on the scene to help keep the party going.

For Portland this was not the case. A handful of dancers would journey to Seattle but there never seemed to be a lot of momentum as far as creating a scene of their own... until now. Thanks to some of the early pioneers there is Facebook page (Kizomba Love Portland) a practica that's monthly (once or twice) and studios that are hosting workshops to teach kizomba. I was privileged enough to be invited along with Dennis and Oriel for a mini-Valentine's weekend hosted by Dance with Joy.


Its always a blast to teach and even more so when people are just soaking up everything to the point that one can see a difference in the way people dance from one day to the next. These workshop weekends are wonderful because I get to spend more than just an hour with the students that come: I get to spend 3-4 hours and even more over the course of the weekend. I get to dance with everyone  and feel the difference in their dancing from day 1 to day 2. Last but not least, I get to experience the generosity and welcome from the folks that hosted the workshops and hosted my stay in Portland.

This is also the first collaboration that involved travelling outside Seattle with fellow instructors and friends from Seattle. I am so glad we were able to agree to do this because so often the environment for teachers is more competitive. I feel sometimes that we don't give each other props enough because we know of the financial risks to the event producers so we care more about getting the gig for ourselves. I'm thankful to Rachel Lidskog for being so open and excited by the idea of having all of there for a mini-weekend of Kizomba.

It was great to talk to some of the first dancers that came to learn with us in Seattle and the newer ones that have added their love of the dance as fuel to get things going. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next and to be a part of it as much as I can.

Thanks to everyone that came and supported the event (including the Seattlelites that joined us for the road trip!). Thanks again to Rachel for taking the chance and bringing us there to teach. Thanks to John and Cynthia, our lovely hosts, who opened their home to us and fed us and gave us a home away from home for the weekend.

HUGS


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome to a New Year: 2015

I've been vacationing with family over the Christmas and New Year and that usually means no dancing and lots of eating. One day I'll bring more Kizomba to the Philippines along with Bachata  ... but that's for another day.

As the 1st of January comes to an end, its time to reflect on what happened in 2014 and what to look forward to in January.

Let's welcome January with a bang!
  • Jan 2: First Friday Kizomba with DJ Mary Lyons at West Hall in the Century Ballroom. Dropin lesson from 9-10pm and dance from 10pm to 1am
  • Jan 8: Kizomba 1a and 2a begins. Each level is a 5 week series that meets once a week on Thursdays. Kizomba 1a starts at 7:30pm and Kizomba 2a starts at 8:30pm
  • Jan 8 is also a 2nd Thursday Dance with DJ Jay Senior from 9:30pm to 12:30am
  • Jan 16 to 18: Eddy Vents Weekend in Seattle 
    • Jan 16 Friday Night Kizomba Dance with 9-10pm Dropin lesson and 10pm to 1:00am dance; DJ Mary Lyons
    • Jan 17 Saturday workshops with Eddy Vents (Registration here)
    • Jan 17 3rd Saturday Late Night Kizomba with DJ Samir from 11:00p to 1:30am 
    • Jan 18 Sunday Small Group Intensives with Eddy Vents (Registration here)
  • Jan 22 is 4th Thursday Dance with DJ Jay Senior from 9:30pm to 12:30am
  • Jan 24th Kizomba Workshops with Dennis Richards and Oriel and Kizomba Dance at Belltown Dance Studio

    Weekly practica continues on Monday nights at the Centennial Towers
    Check with Danny Vidaud regarding Kizomba Love Saturdays (usually on 2nd and 4th Saturdays)
2014 RETROSPECTIVE
We had a lot of stuff going on in 2014 so just in case you forgot, here are the highlights:
  • Jan 17-19 Weekend with Mike Evens and Valerie (first time in Seattle)
  • Apr 6-8 Seattle and Mexico City Kizomba Exchange
  • May 9-11 Seattle Bachata Kizomba Festival featuring Oscar BA, Kenny Ntola, Gosia Pe and Frances
  • May 17-18 Weekend with Gosia and Olek
  • Jun 6-8 Weekend with Cymeone Mapao (first time in Seattle)
  • Jul 13-17 Weekend with Petchu and Vanessa (frist time in Seattle) along with 5th year anniversary of Kizomba Seattle
  • Sep 4 - 8 Dance Festival at the Center of the Universe where Miguel and Susanna, Ivo and Shani, Frances and Galine taught kizomba as part of the Zouk festival.
  • Nov 7-9 Weekend with Vasco (first time in Seattle)
  • Nov 28-30 Seattle Salsa Congress hosted a Kizomba Int/Adv Bootcamp featuring Cymeone, Ivo and Shani, Lucia, Frances, Chris and Shannon and DJ Guelas
2015 is already off to a great start, let's keep our community growing strong and sweet! I'll reserve the excitement of who's coming to visit in another post but let's just say, I already have something brewing for April, May and October.

Hugs to everyone!