« 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.