Listen very carefully to “every instrument” “individually” so as to train your semba/kizomba musical ear. Keeping in mind that the focus of Semba is mostly on rhythmic motifs (or pattern).
Les 4 piliers Kizombalove
1. Les 9 dimensions de la José N’dongala Kizombalove Methodology
La méthodologie d’enseignement « José N’dongala Kizombalove Methodology » combine 9 aspects différents que l’on répertorie en tant que dimensions:
Combinaisons de Figures
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2. Les 8 « Kizombalove Golden rules »
Les “KIZOMBALOVE GOLDEN RULES” vous aideront à devenir bon danseur de Kizomba/Semba.
Do “NOT” keep your ears only listening to the beats. Because if you are not a native, listening to the beats only may mislead you.
Kizombalove Golden rules n°2
Follow the voice of the singer as often as possible even if you don’t understand the lyrics. It will train your ears to understand and learn how to dance on the “leading melody”.
Kizombalove Golden rules n°3
Listen very carefully to the “backing vocals”. (Amazing songs mostly have “backing vocals”).
Kizombalove Golden Rules n°4
Every time the singer “stops singing”, you should listen to the “prevailing instrument” at that moment and “dance accordingly”.
Kizombalove Golden Rules n°5
Listen carefully to the instrument (or instruments) “supporting the lead vocal” and “allow your feet” to beautifully “translate the vibes on the dancefloor”. These supporting instruments give you enough scope to write your own poem on the dancefloor.
Kizombalove Golden rules n°6
Listen carefully to the kind of “question and answer” (call & response) between the “leading” and the “backing vocals”. It will help you to be “involved” and really “get into the core” of the song.
Kizombalove Golden Rules n°7
Try to listen to “all the instruments” at once so as to “experience” what I call a “musical taste explosion”. This may inspire a relaxing and a very satisfying “whoop of joy” as you dance. It’s normal! We, Angolans use to “shout out loud” and “make a lot of noise” on the dancefloor as we dance. It’s just our cultural way to enjoy much more. It’s very healthy!
Kizombalove Golden Rules n°8
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3. Les 8 « Key rules »
Les “8 key rules de la José N’dongala Kizombalove Methodology” vous aideront à être professionnel et structuré en tant que professeur
The tempo of the music has to be considered and indicated before starting a step.
Kizombalove Key Rules n°1
Every step, including the basic step, has to be done in 8 beats.
Kizombalove Key Rules n°2
The basic step has to precede every step.
Kizombalove Key Rules n°3
Every step hast to start on the 1st beat with the left foot for the man and the right foot for the lady.
Kizombalove Key Rules n°4
Every step or the sequence of the figure has to have the same start and end position.
Kizombalove Key Rules n°5
The body position at every break has to be considered, taking into account the start and the end position of the figure or the sequence of the figure.
Kizombalove Key Rules n°6
If a step does not end in the start position, the same step has to be done again until reaching the start position. (Advantage: learning to apply the step from a different angle to develop orientation skills in the space)
Kizombalove Key Rules n°7
While dancing the music has to be the dominant element and not the steps.
Kizombalove Key Rules n°8
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4. « 12 ways of doing the break on 3 »
Les “12 manières de faire son break sur le 3” vous aideront à devenir un maître dans l’art de l’improvisation.
1. Line step forward
2. Line step backward
3. Triangle step forward
4. Triangle step backward
5. Triangle step sideward
6. Triangle step forward with change direction
7. Triangle step backward with change direction
8. Quarter turn: anti clockwise
9. Quarter turn: clockwise
10. Meio giro (half circle)
11. Reverse meio giro
12. Saida lateral with quarter turn: clockwise