“DO NOT DANCE THE “DANCE” BUT DANCE THE “MUSIC”

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by José N'dongala

“DO NOT DANCE THE “DANCE” BUT DANCE THE “MUSIC”.

 

This is a wonderful “Semba en Kizomba proverb” our papoites and mamoites have always asked us to have in mind as we “enjoyed” either Kizomba or Semba “music”.

 

That’s the key to becoming a good Semba and Kizomba dancer who dances with a natural and genuine flow.

 

As a native when we “enjoy” Kizomba and specially Semba music, the point is NOT the dance steps we have to do. But rather, to stay “permanently connected” with “the music” so the steps can “flow naturally” with a nice “ginga” (body movement).

 

When I started learning Semba and Kizomba in Angola, I was only 5 years. So I could NOT yet understand this proverb. I used to ask to my mamoites and papoites: “why should I not dance the dance;-). I was indeed too “ndengue” (young) to understand the point. Today I’m a “kota” (adult) and I have finally understood this proverb in order to teach it – with apropriate exercices – to willing and humble hearts.