What is Kizomba?
Kizomba is a popular genre of dance originating in Angola, characterized by a slow and usually very slow and romantic rhythm and usually fueled by electronic percussion. It is danced very smoothly with neither tightness nor rigidity and there are frequent simultaneous hip rotations coordinated between dance partners, particularly in the quieter refrains of the music. Semba and urban kizomba are two common types, the latter given by the USC.
Kizomba at the USC
The classes are given by the University Sports Centre.
- Wednesday 20:10-20:55 Intermediate
- Wednesday 20:55-21:40 Beginners
- Wednesday 21:40-22:30 Social
You can sign up per course block, through the My USC Leiden Sports application or through dmsonline.uscleiden.
More information about the dance classes at the University Sports Centre can be found here.
We hope to see you during the classes!
I’m Andrew Silonero and I teach the Kizomba class at USC Leiden. During my student years, I started coming to dancing class regularly. I took the salsa, bachata and kizomba classes. This quickly became a seriously time-consuming hobby. I enjoy everything about dance classes: the music, the atmosphere and of course, the dance itself as well. But the thing I enjoy the most is the people who dance. Both students and teachers are committed, not just to becoming better at the dance, but also to creating a tight-knit community.
Given that my Kizomba-journey started at the USC, one might say that by coming back to teach here things have come to a complete circle. Since I started teaching, I’ve come to discover that playing a small part in someone’s dance journey is definitely one of life’s little pleasures. As a teacher, I hope that my classes will help you dance more beautifully, but also using better technique and in a way that’s self-assured. I hope to see you in dance class, or at a dance party, dance festival, dance weekend or some other dance-related moment!