Kizomba Community started as a philosophy for how we approach dancing kizomba. 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. You’ll find two main portals for finding kizomba in the USA:
“Find US Events” for one-time or annual events, and “Find US 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 tabs on the left to choose a region, then scroll to the city or state that interests you to find links and local Ambassadors who can help you.
You can also use the search bar in the upper right hand corner!
What if I don’t see an event 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.
While KizombaCommunity.com can no longer list all regularly occurring and socials, we are still trying to keep an updated calendar of events happening nationwide.
Help support this effort by sending us links festivals 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 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 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!