Kizomba Community started as a philosophy for how we approach dance. It is now also a place to come together and share information about kizomba classes and events in the USA.
How do I find this information?
First, check out the menu at the top of the page. We’ve divided things into “US Events” for one-time or annual events, and “Communities” to help you find regularly occurring classes and socials.
“US Events” will take you to a map view, but you can change to a calendar or list view by selecting “View As.” For communities, look at the dropdown menu where you can choose a region, a city and maybe even some more detailed options to find what you’re looking for! You can also use the search bar in the upper right hand corner.
What if I don’t see an event/class I know about?
There is more and more kizomba happening all over the USA. Presenting these classes and events in an organized way makes it easy for more people to get into kizomba.
Help support this effort by sending us links to classes, social dances, and events that include kizomba and semba. We need to know about anything you don’t see on the site, so get in touch with us!
Kizomba is a partner dance originally from Angola characterized by close connection and smoothly grounded movement.
What is semba?
Semba is a traditional rhythmic form of music and dance from Angola.
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 West African dances.
Rachel Cassandra is the founder of Kizomba Community. Formerly based in New York, she has become nomadic in her quest to share kizomba. Rachel’s true loves are dancing, teaching, and travel. More at rachelcassandra.com!