What is Kizomba?

Kizomba Dancers

Kizomba Dancing

Kizomba is both a style of dance and a style of music. The dance is a sensual partner dance developed in Angola from the late 1980’s to early 1990’s. It is a fusion of Semba (the predecessor of samba) and Zouk (from the French Caribbean Islands). Kizomba music is derived directly from Zouk music and is sung, generally, in Portuguese. It is a romantic genre of music mixed with African rhythm.

Kizomba’s popularity is growing rapidly in Europe, and other parts of the world. We are happy to be involved in introducing it to North America.

For those who have never danced, Kizomba is easily accessible. The basics are simple. For those who are currently dancing partner dances such as salsa, bachata, and merengue, Kizomba is a breath of fresh air. You’ll find it comfortable to slip into, and challenging enough to keep you dancing it for years to come.

Watch the videos below, and fall in love with Kizomba!





  1. Rema | On December 11, 2012

    I love the dance. And although i’m only 22 i would love to learn this dance. I’m not a dancer but i love dancing…any suggestions?

    • admin | On December 17, 2012

      If you are in the SF Bay Area, we teach 2 classes… one in SF and one in Oakland. Visit cartara.com and see details on the homepage.

    • admin | On January 2, 2013

      Jerimah, where do you live?

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