What we teach
Kizomba, derived from the traditional dances Semba (Angola) and Pasada (Cape Verde) among others, is a sensual partner dance coupled with music from Angola, Cape Verde and the Caribbean primarily sung in Portuguese or French Creole.
Why we teach
Our chief goal is for dancers, especially Kizomba dancers, new or improver, to learn to experience a different dance each time, especially when dancing with the same partner to the identical song.
Like most dancers, dance is leisure so:
- Have fun
- Make the dance your own
- Listen to your dance music over and over until you are very familiar
- Dance with EVERYONE in the dance community
- Turn your mistakes into possibly your signature moves
- There is one leader, the music, and two followers:
- First follower follows the music
- Second follower follows first follower and the music
- Rhythm is key to a successful dance
$15 / $10 w/Student/Teacher ID
No partner required
Private lessons available
Title: Kizomba & Rhythm
* Schedule subject to change La Pea website for updates
Where: La Pea Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Influenced as a young child by Rhythm & Blues, Classical, Jazz, Country, Salsa, African Rhythms and contemporary music, among others, David started taking dance seriously after younger brother Christopher introduced him to Salsa. Introduced to Kizomba after four years of dancing Salsa and Salsa Rueda, he now teaches Kizomba with his brother as The Brothers Kizomba.
Also influenced as a young child by the same music as brother David (i.e. Rhythm & Blues, Classical, Jazz, Country, Salsa, African Rhythms and contemporary music, among others), Christopher was persuaded to try formal Salsa dance lessons. After five years of Salsa and four years of Salsa Rueda, a single Kizomba song led to Kizomba lessons and now teaching with brother David as The Brothers Kizomba.
Attending well over 50 workshops and festivals, both domestically and internationally, both David and Christopher continue their Kizomba education from world-renown instructors including:
Afro Latin Connection
Albir Rojas & Sara Panero
Isabelle & Felicien
Joao Rocha & Giedre
Mandella & Lisa
Mestre Petchu & Vanessa
Tony Pirata & Sophie Fox
Yami Step One
David, a student and instructor of Martial Arts for over 30 years, has a B. S. in Recreation and an M.S. in Education from California State University East Bay where he is a lecturer in the department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism.
Christopher holds an M.S. in Education and a B.S. in Management Information Systems.
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