Guest posts

10 Ways to Honor the Kizomba Culture

10 Ways to Honor the Kizomba Culture

By Rui Djassi Moracén One cannot expect somebody who’s never been to Angola – or knows nothing about its troubled past – to fully grasp how the simple act of dancing, singing and socializing has always served as collective catharsis for its people. As Achille Mbembe, highly respected Cameroonian philosopher and political theorist puts it: “Music has the capacity to…read more →

Courage & Compassion in Kizomba

Courage & Compassion in Kizomba

By Keya Bhagirath Just before I started dancing, I enrolled in a program called Engaged Compassion. Engaged compassion is a practice of awareness through the lens of radical acceptance of self. It creates an intention of non-judgement that allows for safe introspection. This program required that I spend time weekly looking inward; one could call this a self check-in. Some…read more →

Finding My Authentic Self Through Kizomba

Finding My Authentic Self Through Kizomba

By Keya Bhagirath Personal development is often synonymous with improvement: becoming a better version of who you are. My perspective is a bit different. To me, personal development is not about becoming better; rather, it is about becoming who you really are. I would describe personal development as the process for finding your joy. In finding your joy you become…read more →

Kizomba Newbie

Kizomba Newbie

My Kizomba-versay is July 24, 2016. That’s the day that I met the dance that would change my life in ways I would have never imagined! Kizomba is not just a dance for me: it is my dance, true love and soulmate. It speaks to my being; it is a living metaphor for my life. It is the place in…read more →

Greg’s Story: the DC Bachata Congress 2016

Greg’s Story: the DC Bachata Congress 2016

A note from Rachel Cassandra: I attended the DC Bachata Congress this year as a representative of LatinDanceCommunity.com, and I asked many people what stood out to them about the festival, or why it was significant for them. Greg e-mailed me this gorgeous response. I knew I couldn’t fit more than a tiny fraction of it into my write-up for…read more →