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KIZOMBA MONTHLY PARTY - OTHER MONTHLY PARTIES

Next Party - 6th July with guest teacher Neelam Sumani
Maidenhead Rugby Club, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1BN

Doors open 7.45pm - Midnight

Kizomba is a partner dance native to the African country of Angola, with influences from other Lusofone countries. It was first known as "Passada" (meaning "stepping" - a reference to the movement flow) and for having a sensuous rhythm. Although the exact origins are unknown, it is considered to be a fusion of Semba (a traditional Angolan dance and predecessor of samba) with 'Zouk' influences coming from the French Caribbean Islands.

Kizomba style now emphasizes a very smooth way of dancing, heavily influened by Tango steps, one of the main differences being that the lower body, the hip, does forward/backwards and circle movements.

The evening will start with a bonus Semba class at 7.45pm for level 2 and 3 dancers followed by 3 classes at 8.30pm for beginners, improvers and intermediate/advanced dancers. The intermediate/advanced class will be taught by our guest teacher for our June party - Iris de Brito. The DJ for the social part of the evening will be KoKo who will be playing the best in Kizomba, Semba and related until late.

Neelam Suman
Neelam Suman was born and raised in London to Indian parents, and has been dancing ever since she was a child in her bedroom at home. She first danced publicly in the Soca nights back in the 1990s, when she amazed many with her natural ability to move to the beat. Neelam's thirst for dancing next led her to Salsa in 2003, which soon became her all-consuming social dance passion.

In 2006, Neelam went to the Ruby Blue nightclub with her Cabo-Verdian friend who showed her the dance ‘Passada' from his country Cabo Verde. At the beginning she was hesitant to experience such a close contact dance, but Neelam enjoyed the music and it was not long before she was smoothly gliding into the depths of the kizomba dance. She was steered into the dance with the encouragement of palop community, and soon became a fluid and natural dancer. Neelam says she owes thanks to the palop community for accepting her, particularly her friend of Angolan heritage, Claudio Nelson Freitas Araujo (aka ‘Mr Nino’), who gave Neelam the title ‘Indigola’.

The tragic death of her brother inspired Neelam to take on kizomba full-time in 2008 as a way of accessing therapeutic healing. Her connection with kizomba in this way is what has led Neelam to develop such a passion and respect for the dance and culture. Her deeply felt passion for the dance is communicated in how she is able to intuit and demonstrate what ‘connection’ and ‘flow’ really mean. As a naturally gifted, artistic and passionate dancer, Neelam has become increasingly known for her ability to creatively interpret and effortlessly follow any lead with grace and precision, which has made her a pleasure to watch and dance with.

In 2009 Neelam was asked to join Kizomba United Kingdom and taught alongside them for a year, which became her springboard to becoming a well-recognised figure within the UK kizomba scene. Soon Neelam found herself living and breathing kizomba, knowing every dance palop club In London, and eventually working with other kizomba promoters to help bring the Western world into the community. Because of her contributions to the pioneering of kizomba in the UK and Europe, and continually spreading her love for the dance, she soon began to be recognised as one of London's top leads and follows in both kizomba and semba.

Since then, Neelam has been honoured for her contributions to kizomba. She was in the top finals of the best Kizomba teacher in the Lukas Awards in 2 years running from 2012 and was in the finals for the London Africadancar 2009. This acknowledgement has contributed to the confidence and the contagious smile she is renowned for. Her peers showed their respect for her by inviting her to judge at the Paris Africadancar 2010 finals. And, having then become the founder and CEO of Kizomba Family 2010, Neelam opened her night in London, where some of the best dancers have visited and have since become teachers themselves.

In 2014, when Neelam visited Vancouver, she fell in love with the country and soon noticed that Vancouver needed a boost to its nascent kizomba scene. She returned to Vancouver in 2015 to contribute to the scene, forming Vancouver Kizomba & Bachata Nights in April 2015, which quickly became popular. In October 2015, Neelam opened Vancouver's first kizomba nightclub, called ‘Casa Do Kizomba’.

Neelam is the first Asian female kizomba teacher in the world, and she is very proud of her heritage and the heritage of kizomba. For her, kizomba means healing, health and growth, and nothing makes her happier than when her students ‘get it’.

CLASS TIMES

7.45pm - 8.15pm
Bonus Semba class with Antonio and Anita

8.15pm - 8.30pm
Semba practice and mini social

8.30pm - 9.30pm
Beginners with Stuart G. Kizomba
Improvers with Antonio
Intermediate/Advanced with our guest teacher Neelam Suman

9.45pm - Midnight
Social and music with KoKo til late

COSTS
£10 all night for all classes and/or club

Contact Basil on 07595 397184 for further info

Our party nights take place in a fantastic venue located atMaidenhead Rugby Club. This venue has a great wooden dance floor, massive parking, same area bar and is easily accessible from junction 8/9 of the M4.

KIZOMBA PARTY DATES FOR 2017:

Thursday 5th January - Feka Sam
Thursday 9th February - Mikumba Williams
Thursday 2nd March - Don Kar
Thursday 6th April - Nuno Campos
Thursday 4th May - Feka Sam
Thursday 1st June - Iris de Brito
Thursday 6th July - Neela Suman
Thursday 3rd August - Trevor Layne
Thursday 7th September - Raquita Alta
Thursday 5th October - Khalifa Forte
Thursday 2nd November -
Thursday 7th December (Christmas Party) -

UPCOMING DATES

 

19th june - Kizomba - St Albans

Weekly Kizomba Class
with Teachers Antonio, Lisa and Stuart

3 Levels of Kizomba
for beginners and improvers
Music and dancing until 11.30pm

 

19th June - Cuban Partnerwork - Maidenhead

For Beginners and Improvers
with resident teachers
Basil, Andy, Ronky, Alison & Julie
Music and dancing until 11pm.

 

21st June - Salsa Classes - Maidenhead

Weekly Salsa Classes
6 levels of Salsa
7.30ppm levels 1-3
8.55pm levels 4-6

Music & Dancing until 11.30pm

 

22nd June - Kizomba Classes - Maidenhead

Weekly Kizomba Class
with Resident Teachers Wilson and Lydia plus guest DJ KoKo

Music & Dancing until 11.30pm

3 Levels of Kizomba

 

6th July - Kizomba Party - Maidenhead

Monthly Kizomba Party
with guest Neelam Suman
3 levels of Kizomba

Music & Dancing until Midnight

 

13th December 2017 - Pre Xmas Mix Part 1 - Maidenhead

Dance taster drop in

Salsa, Bachata, La Rueda

Music & Dancing 7.30pm - Midnight

 

20th December 2017 - Pre Xmas Mix Part 2 - Maidenhead

Dance taster drop in

Salsa, Bachata, La Rueda

Music & Dancing 7.30pm - Midnight

 

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19th june - Kizomba - St Albans

Weekly Kizomba Class
with Teachers Antonio, Lisa and Stuart

3 Levels of Kizomba
for beginners and improvers
Music and dancing until 11.30pm

 

19th June - Cuban Partnerwork - Maidenhead

For Beginners and Improvers
with resident teachers
Basil, Andy, Ronky, Alison & Julie
Music and dancing until 11pm.

 

21st June - Salsa Classes - Maidenhead

Weekly Salsa Classes
6 levels of Salsa
7.30ppm levels 1-3
8.55pm levels 4-6

Music & Dancing until 11.30pm

 

22nd June - Kizomba Classes - Maidenhead

Weekly Kizomba Class
with Resident Teachers Wilson and Lydia plus guest DJ KoKo

Music & Dancing until 11.30pm

3 Levels of Kizomba

 

6th July - Kizomba Party - Maidenhead

Monthly Kizomba Party
with guest Neelam Suman
3 levels of Kizomba

Music & Dancing until Midnight

 

13th December 2017 - Pre Xmas Mix Part 1 - Maidenhead

Dance taster drop in

Salsa, Bachata, La Rueda

Music & Dancing 7.30pm - Midnight

 

20th December 2017 - Pre Xmas Mix Part 2 - Maidenhead

Dance taster drop in

Salsa, Bachata, La Rueda

Music & Dancing 7.30pm - Midnight