A Simple Repository of Fundamental Movements

Updated: Feb 7

A simple structure for learning Kizomba might look like this:

Beginning: Knowing the fundamentals

Basics, techniques, and nuances of Kizomba. Perhaps combining simple techniques with basics.

Intermediate: Blending the fundamentals.

Combining basics, techniques, and nuances in a seamless way. Creating stories that interpret kizomba music, using movement.

Advanced: Decorating the fundamentals,

Using footwork. Infusing steps from elsewhere and perhaps creating own steps, but always building these out of the fundamentals.

Assuming this structure, useful fundamentals would include:


- Simple side-step

https://youtu.be/becuWr6HiGc (0.30min mark)

- Retrocesso

https://youtu.be/1AXOLfTd4HE (0.55min mark)

- Ida e Volta

https://youtu.be/becuWr6HiGc (0.50min mark

- Virgula

https://youtu.be/1AXOLfTd4HE (1.20min mark)

- Estrella

https://youtu.be/P7297bDDZ4I (0.30min mark)

- Giro:

https://youtu.be/P7297bDDZ4I (1.40min mark)

- Corridinho: https://youtu.be/ktK3WLo8A0A


- Saida do homem

https://youtu.be/5rzdafgS1g4 (3.25min mark)

- Saida da Mulher

https://youtu.be/1AXOLfTd4HE (2.15min mark)

- Casamento #1

https://youtu.be/5rzdafgS1g4 (3.25min mark)

- Casamento #2

https://youtu.be/oW5JI2nh-5E (1.30min mark)

- Escada #1

https://youtu.be/4UugNTHzLeY (2.40min mark)

- Escada #2

https://youtu.be/4UugNTHzLeY (2.55min mark)

- Tesoura

https://youtu.be/4UugNTHzLeY (3.20min mark)


- Reset

- Basic Tarraxinha

https://youtu.be/4UugNTHzLeY (1.25min mark)

- Nuances of Musicality

Doubtless there might be others. But to the extent these are emphasized in Angola they form a useful framework - for finding and re-finding ourselves within the Kizomba identity.

As always, the essence is practice. To practise both alone and on the social dancefloor.


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