How to dance Kizomba

Kizomba Dance

Kizomba is originally from Angola. As with other Latin social dances, Kizomba combines elements of European ballroom dance with African dance movement and timing.

Kizomba Timing:
Kizomba is in 4/4 time - which means that there are four beats to every measure. The larger cycle in the music revolves around 4 measure cycles - ie: each measure has four beats, so when 4 of these measures pass, 16 beats will have passed.

Basic Steps:
In Kizomba, there are several basic steps - each with its own timing. In addition, in Kizomba there are a variety of dance moves that bring the dancers temporarily away from the basic step patterns. Part of the challenge of dancing Kizomba is for leader and follower to remain synchronized in their steps.

Basic Step Variation A
The most basic step in Kizomba is a side to side two step. It starts for the leader on the left foot and for the follower on the right. The leader steps to the side with the left foot, then brings the right foot together with the left in a tap (do not leave your weight on the right foot). Then the leader steps to the right with the right foot and brings the left foot together with the right for a tap step. The pattern then repeats. Each pattern takes one measure to complete - with a step or tap on each beat. The follower mirrors the leader with the opposite foot.

Basic Step Variation B
Variation B illustrates just how complicated Kizomba's basic step patterns are in comparison to other social dances. On the surface, the step is fairly simple: The leader begins by stepping forward with the left foot, then steps with full weight on the right foot (either forward or in place), and finally taps with the left foot without leaving any weight on it. Now for the second half of the step, the leader steps again with the left foot, but this time backwards, steps back with the right foot, and taps back with the left - repeating the initial forward pattern but this time back in the opposite direction. So the pattern consists of three steps in each direction. Each group of three steps begins with the same foot - for the leader the left foot. The follower mirrors with the opposite foot, and so always begins with the right foot. Each step and tap falls evenly on a beat, so the entire forward and back pattern (which consists of 6 steps) takes 6 beats. Here is where things get tricky. Kizomba has 4 beats to a measure, so the 6 beats do not complete 2 measures. If you begin this step pattern on beat 1, you will end it on beat 6 rather than beat 8. When you step again after completing a cycle of the pattern, you will be stepping on 7 rather than 1. The entire forward and back 6 step pattern must be repeated 4 times before it finally ends on 8. This complexity means that dancers must be particularly aware of their timing, or risk getting lost. When embarking on Basic Step Variation B, dancers must repeat the forward and back pattern 4 times before changing to a different step. Alternatively, dancers can use more complex footwork - cha cha steps etc - to transition to another pattern midway through a cycle.

Basic Step Variation C
This pattern is similar to B, but adds a syncopated (cha-cha) step between the 3rd & 4th, and 6th & 1st steps of each pattern. So the leader steps forward with the left foot on 1, steps with the right foot on 2, steps with the left foot on 3 (this time with full weight), steps with the right foot quickly on 3-and (the beat midway between 3 and 4), and then steps back with the left foot on 4, steps with the right foot on 5, and then steps with the left foot (full weight) on 6, with the right on 6-and, finally with the left forward on 7 - which begins the next repetition of the pattern. The follower mirrors with the opposite footwork.

Basic Step Variation D
This step is the most simple of all, but is usually used within more complicated patterns rather than on its own. It's a simple left, right, left right - just as in merengue. So the leader steps with the left foot on 1, with the right foot on 2, with the left foot on 3, with the right foot on 4, etc. The follower mirrors. This step can be combined with variation B or C so that the dancers can exit from variation B or C without completing a full 4 cycles.

These basic steps of Kizomba and are used as building blocks to construct complex patterns. The variety of basic steps and free-style of the more complex patterns make Kizomba a difficult dance to understand and follow. The videos on this page give examples of authentic Kizomba dance. The first video gives instructions for how to dance Kizomba in Portuguese. The other videos are of breathtaking Cape Verdean and Angolan dancers.


P.S. In continuation to my previous comment, I would love to read such an explanation also on the next steps, like saida for example.
Thanks again :)

Thank you very much. As I am a software programmer and love to dance, this article is exactly what I needed. A "mathematical" explanation of the step.

Me encanta el baile, me gustaria aprender a bailarlo con mi esposo.

me encanta ese baile

Interesante si se da con una buena pareja excelente!

como aprender a bailar kizomba

Tutto sulla Kizomba (All of Kizomba):

Creo que ya somos mas los interesados en eso!!!

Quiero aprender kizomba, no tengo a nadie con quien practicar, no encuentro una escuela donde pueda aprender... Rickee vamos a juntarnos para aprender

all of kizomba, i love kizomba (lakizomba it)

I love kizomba! all of kizomba

Quiero aprender me encanta gustara aprender esta danza,pero deseo que las explicaciones sean mas claras y con los ejercicios requeridos osea todo paso a paso.

Hermoso me gusto mucho lo baile como pude sin saber bien todos los paso me salió creo por lo que me dijeron. Hermoso baile tanta sensualidad y cadencia. Es súper

Ellos quieren esos todo el rato que les pise fuerte con mi zapato voy a probarte el bachillerato no me saques genio que te lo mato (auch) No tengo cura, ni ciencia pa mi, ni literatura lo mió no se arregla ni con cuatro gallinas ni un kilo de pinturaHola me gusta este baile y deseo aprenderlo soy de rep.dominicana(Santo Domingo) y no encuentro quien me enseñe, deseo hacer un grupo en fb para buscar gente de aqui que se anime y quien sabe...

Hola, llevo muy poco tiempo bailando kizomba, me encanta este ritmo y estoy escribiendo un blog sobre él. Explico algunos pasos básicos
agorakizomba (dot) blogspot (dot) com


Watch the new Kizomba hit for Valentine's day
JAY LOVE - My Favorite Girl
Now available on maiskizomba dot com
Enjoy it

Yo soy de Santo Domingo(Distrito Nacional).
A mi me gusta mucho,pero no se donde encontrar una escuela,viendo los videos por youtube pero no encutro a nadie pa praticar!

A mi me gusta mucho,pero no se donde encontrar una escuela,viendo los videos por youtube pero no encutro a nadie pa praticar!

Mal explicado, el compas es de 2/4.

Maria Cristina... yo igual soy de Manizales pero aca no hay con quien aprender.. contactame y vemos como practicamos 3207485110

Es el baile mas hermoso que he conocido, me quede fascinado ya que cuando llegue a la universidad lo mejor que se baila es kisomba y tuve que aprender por que sino a que iba a ir a las fiestas, y no saber bailar. Era algo erroneo que tenia que aprender y aprendi y desde ahora lo unico que bailo es kisomba

me encanta este baile en cuba no se vaila, solo casino , me facina, mandame bastante videso a mi correo por fa del baile

quiero aprender abailarlo paso apaso soy de manizales muy original, y sexi ,
para mi el baile es arte

hola amigos soy de chile y es un baile sensacional.....

I know the basic side to side steps or 1-2 and the Saida and chu chu steps, but I need to know the names of others steps please.

I love kizomba,salsa,ballroom


hola esta buenisimo quiero aorender a bailar como hago

holaaa!! de mty facina bailar kizomba y me encantaria saber si en algun momento vengan a mexico..gracias

y a mi q me importa hp

y a mi me importa

la kizomba es horrible

soy venezolana y me encanta la kizomba y la se bailar

me encanta la kisomba

the kizomba is professionales

kizomba is a good and for me i do ballroom dancing so its fun for and cool with it

How many varieties or combination of men's and women's Saidas can we do???

And how can you describe the five steps of Kizomba?

what are the five main steps of kizomba? and what is the defniton of every step?

me encanta es muy sensual..

quiero aprender a bailar kizomba soy de republica dominicana y se bailar merenguer y bachata

thinking about this again the taps are of course full beats, now I understand what is meant by taps above, but as I say I this in a 2/4 time signature or maybe even 2/2 when I think about it harder. Alternatively, maybe there is 4/4 Kizomba music as well-just I have not heard it.

But surely the beat to dance to in Kizomba music is in 2/4, once this realised dancers have no issue with either basic. I think you are confusing the taps on half beats for full beats. Any comments or is this just not correct? I just cannot hear 4/4 in the kizomba I listen to. Just like Tango and Paso if the dancer starts trying make 4 counts all sorts of problems arise. Once the dancer realises that a measure is a 2 beat count timing is simple.

Soy colombiana y me encanto

good dance

C'est formidable et je l'aime beaucoup .Soy de Sydney Australia y bailo salsa y bachata. Me gusta mucho Kizomba. Buscando una clase. Alguien Saber

C'est formidable et je l'aime beaucoup .Soy de Sydney Australia y bailo salsa y bachata. Me gusta mucho Kizomba. Buscando una clase. Alguien Saber

Fabuloso baile.

dove si puo imparare questa danza a roma