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KIZOMBA MONTHLY PARTY - OTHER MONTHLY PARTIES

Next Party - 7th September with guest teacher Riquita Alta
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.

Riquita Alta
Born in Benguela, a southern province of Angola, to an Angolan mother and Portuguese father, in the early 1970's and on the cusp of its independence from Portugal, Riquita is the youngest of four siblings. Due to the Civil War that ensued in Angola in 1975, Riquita and her family were forced to flee their homeland and become refugees in Portugal, where she was to live until her move to London in 1989.

In the mid 70's and with the influx of Angolan refugees, the Portuguese government unwittingly created what could be perceived as "immigrant ghettoes", where the displaced families held on to their cultural heritage by ways of music, dance and food. And it was against this backdrop that Riquita's love of Dance and music was born and there it thrived.

By ways of unwinding and socialising, the whole neighbourhood would get together most weekends and hold "Festas de Quintal" (backyard parties), where dance and music were the main focus. At these social gatherings, everyone would dance together, including the children.

At this time, Kizomba music as we know it, didn't exist, but Passada (which was what Kizomba dance was called at its infancy) was danced to music from artists such as: Bonga, Africa Tentação, Os Kiezos, Duo Ouro Negro, Bana, Elias Dias Kimuezu, Teta Lando and so forth.

In 1984, Riquita heard for the first time "Zouk La Se Sel Medikaman Nou Ni" by the mighty Kassav and her lifelong affair with what is now known as Retro Zouk began. The introduction of Zouk music into the Angolan and Palop culture in general, was so explosive, that Passada was danced nearly exclusively to Zouk music.

It was upon her return to Angola in 1986 that Riquita's passion and understanding of this beautiful dance style exploded and her bond with kizomba was sealed forever. By going to numerous parties and clubs whilst there, she truly learnt how to Dance.

By the mid 1980's, and with the arrival of immigrants from other Portuguese ex-colonies, the neighbourhood parties weren't enough to accommodate this ever growing subculture and the first Kizomba clubs were opened in Portugal. As well as the parties, Riquita now could indulge her passion for dancing in places such as: If Club, Maiombe, Globo, Aiue, Cave Adão, Visage, Kandando.

By the the late 1980's and early 1990's artists such as Eduardo Paim, Ruca Vandunen and Ricardo Abreu started mixing Zouk music with Semba from Angola and Kizomba music was created. Riquita's teaching of Kizomba dancing came purely by chance. In 1989, in a bid to convince her reluctant and non Kizomba dancing best friend to go clubbing with her, Riquita successfully taught her to dance in one afternoon. That afternoon was the beginning of many spent teaching various friends.

When Riquita moved to London in 1989, there was already a small but thriving Palop community. As in the early days in Portugal, all the dancing was done in house parties... That is, until the first Kizomba Club was opened by Alex Gurgel in Oxford Street, club 79. It was at Club 79 that Riquita entered and won her first Kizomba competition, in 1992. The dance style popularity was growing slowly but steadily, and in 2004, the demand for classes increased so significantly that Riquita, noticing a gap in the market, asked Kwenda Lima, who had recently arrived from Portugal, to teach with her. They were the first ever Kizomba teachers in London.

Some of Riquita's first students are now very successful teachers in their own right. In 2009, Riquita and her then dance partner Guimas went on to represent the UK in ÁfricaDançar. Since that first afternoon in Portugal, Riquita has continuously taught Kizomba and her expertise and respect by her peers has enabled her to judge in Kizomba and Semba competitions.

With nearly 30 years of dancing experience, Riquita is one of the most sought after and respected Kizomba teachers in the UK. Because of her approach to teaching and emphasis on the Basics and Foundation, Riquita is often called a Kizomba Purist. To her being a Purist merely means that if one has strong foundation one becomes a better dancer... And the results speak for themselves.

Riquita's passion for Kizomba dancing is unparalleled, only to be rivalled by her passion for sharing it with others. Kizomba doesn't just run through her veins, it's glued to her bones and in the air that she breathes. If you wish one thing for yourself today...Wish that you get to learn and be touched by Kizomba...The RIQUITA WAY!!

CLASS TIMES

7.45pm - 8.15pm
Bonus Semba class with Gergana and Franck

8.15pm - 8.30pm
Semba practice and mini social

8.30pm - 9.30pm
Beginners with Stuart and Ronky
Improvers with Gergana and Vladi
Intermediate/Advanced with our guests teacher Raquita Alta

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 at Maidenhead 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

 

21st August - 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

 

21st August - Cuban Partnerwork - Maidenhead

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

 

23rd August - 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

 

24th August - Kizomba Classes - Maidenhead

Weekly Kizomba Class
with Resident Teachers Antonio and the Dance2Kizomba team plus guest DJ KoKo

Music & Dancing until 11.30pm

3 Levels of Kizomba

 

7th September - Kizomba Party - Maidenhead

Monthly Kizomba Party
with guest Raquita Alta
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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21st August - 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

 

21st August - Cuban Partnerwork - Maidenhead

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

 

23rd August - 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

 

24th August - Kizomba Classes - Maidenhead

Weekly Kizomba Class
with Resident Teachers Antonio and the Dance2Kizomba team plus guest DJ KoKo

Music & Dancing until 11.30pm

3 Levels of Kizomba

 

7th September - Kizomba Party - Maidenhead

Monthly Kizomba Party
with guest Raquita Alta
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