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Kizomba Beginners

Whether you’ve never danced before or have danced other genres and are new to Kizomba, this is the class for you to get that strong foundation that will allow you to enjoy social dancing.

Venue – Gem Bar (downstairs)
10 Beak Street
London, W1F, 9RA
When – Tuesday 19.15 – 20.15 and 20.30 – 21.30

Price – £8 for one hour and £10 for two hours

Kizomba

Kizomba is a genre of dance and a musical genre originating in Angola, and it means “party” in Kimbundu, an Angolan language. Kizomba dance is a derivative of the Angolan Semba and Kizomba music is a derivative of traditional Angolan Semba music.

Semba has been danced since the 1950s in Angola. In the 1990s, when the actual kizomba music got more and more popular, Angolan Semba dancers started to adapt their semba steps according to the tempo and flavour of the Kizomba beats.1

In the UK, in no particular order, Kwenda Lima, To’ Costa, Eddy Vents, Marie Doyen, Iris De Brito, Danilo Goncalves, Norma Facey and Riquita Alta did much to bring Kizomba to outside of the Palop community from which it began. We are grateful to them.
1 Adapted from José N’dongala Kizombalove Methodology – Teachers course

Chocolate Kizomba

On the 2nd Tuesday of June in 2010 we launched the very first Chocolate Tuesdays in Corks Wine Bar. We chose Tuesday because there was nothing else on in the area, and we didn’t want to compete with anyone, and from the outset our plan was to create a nice place for people to come and learn and/or dance to Kizomba and Semba music. Chocolate Kizomba was born. We were at Corks until October, when it closed down and so we moved temporarily to 229 and then in February 2011 we came to our permanent home of Gem Bar.

We are proud that we have launched so many dance journeys, from people’s first tentative steps with Denise, to people becoming teachers and opening their own nights. For so so many, Chocolate Kizomba is where it all began. We remain an important source of inspiration in the London and UK dance scene, be it for our monthly theme parties or how we run our nights and promote our events.

We are an ethical promotion who want, as we have always done, to build the Kizomba scene and bring new people into this beautiful dance. We would rather fail being principled than succeed being unethical and fortunately our stance continues to work for us because of the quality of our product. So if you want Kizomba, Semba and Ghetto Zouk come to Gem Bar, where there’s a lovely vibe. We have the excellent combination of top quality lessons at all levels and a party night in a perfect club setting.

Kizomba Intermediate

Once you have your basics. This class will help you to develop your routines, putting those moves together so that you can comfortably enjoy dancing with a partner of even a higher level.

Venue – Gem Bar (downstairs)
10 Beak Street
London
W1F 9RA

When – Tuesday 19.15 – 20.15 and 20.30 – 21.30

Price – £8 for one hour and £10 for two hours

Kizomba Advanced

You’ve been dancing Kizomba for a while, you are a confident leader or follower and you now want to do more complex combinations.

Venue – Gem Bar (downstairs)
10 Beak Street
London
W1F 9RA

When – Tuesday 19.15 – 20.15 and 20.30 – 21.30 (Semba or Intermediate Kizomba)

Price – £8 for one hour and £10 for two hours

Semba

The more up-tempo dance for our advanced dancers.

Venue – Gem Bar (downstairs)
10 Beak Street
London, W1F 9RA

When – Tuesday 20.30 – 21.30 and 19.15 – 20.15 (Intermediate Kizomba)

Price – £8 for one hour and £10 for two hours (party is free)

Party

Every week after class we have a fun party where our DJs play the best in Kizomba, Semba and Ghetto Zouk. Enjoy the music, have a drink at the bar and dance, dance, dance. Friendly crowd who are just there to have a good time. At the end of the month we have our colour theme party night.

Venue – Gem Bar (downstairs)
10 Beak Street
London, W1F, 9RA

When – Tuesday 21.30 – 01.00

Price – Party only is £5

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