Welcome to our GOdanz Kizomba Academy! We offer mostly kizomba classes, combined with semba and take into consideration what kind of learner you are (auditory/visual/kinesthetic or feeling). We have the longest running Sunday Salsa Social and Kizomba Social in Toronto, plus our unique monthly MyKiz Practice, so you can pair your lessons with these social events.
Example of our schedule:
Kizomba Schedule @ GOdanz:
All kizomba classes are workshop-style and are drop-in!
Learn your basics in a condensed month. Get $10 back and a free social when you take the full course, 4 weeks x 2 hrs on Tuesdays.
ABC Kizomba Challenge-for beginners
DEF Kizomba Sequencing (for those who took ABC)
★ Techie Tuesdays 8-10pm Kizomba Esssentials with
ABC and GHI in March (4 wks)
ABC and DEF in April (4 wks)
ABC and DEF in May (5 wks)
ABC in June (4 wks)
Try to come the 1st Tuesday of the month to get all 4 classes in!
★ Workshop Wednesdays 7-9pm. Ongoing and Drop-in!
April 4 – Musicality/Improvisin
April 11 -Styling Men n Women
April 18 – Cool Patterns
April 25 – Balance (nMoves)
$15 or add Adv course for $25
Example of technical themes you’ll come across: Musicality (all kinds), Pivots n Turns, Lifts n Dips, Cool Moves (Paris-style), Blocks, Use of slows and accelerations, Tarraxa, Tarraxo, Men’s n Women’s Styling, Spindle Turns, Creating shapes in your dance, Balance, Quality of Stepping.
Do check when Stephanie is away training, we replace these with Snowball n Feedback from 8 – 9:30pm. Only $5! Practice Practice !
May 2/9 for practices and June 13/17/24. Plus a SOCIAL will follow 9:30-11:30pm on these nights!
★Adv Kizomba Training 9-10:45pm for those who have been taking lessons and social dancing for over 2 years. April features studying 2 Paris Urban Kiz dancers for 2 weeks and imitating their techniques, moves, movement and musicality, Pierre Yves n Sarah / Enah n Carolina (when they started, not today’s zouk kizomba!)
Our monthly unique MyKiz Practice, offers a class for improvers mindsets from 2-3pm at 310 Danforth Ave, Eastminster Church in the Hurndale room (not our resident studio at Dovercourt House).
Enjoy a social from 3-5pm that is very structured if you want it to be: use videotaping for self-analysis, physical tools and drills to target a problem area. Think of it as a public private 🙂 $10.
May 12/ June 16/ July 14/ Aug 11 / Sept 8
★ Social Sundays 5pm Level 2 Kizomba Variations (adv beg)
★ Social Sundays 6:15-7pm Intro to Kizomba
Techie Tuesday Special
Here ‘s how you do it:
Come to our ABC Kizomba Challenge every Techie Tuesday 8-10pm at the start of the month.
You’ll learn about 8 fundamental moves in total.
Attend ALL FOUR classes, and can complete the moves taught , we’ll give you free social passes AND $10 back.
Pay $20 as you go along per Tuesday. So it’s $80 total -or $70 with
$10 bucks back. (the socials are worth $10 so it’s like $60 now!)
We just want you to know your kizomba basics-all of them, not just 3 of them. We want you to feel like you have the scope of this dance, and are equipped forever more. And, we want you to access this beautiful world of kizomba!
No partner needed, but fun if you bring one so you can practice outside of class more easily. Then get ready for the”DEF” Challenge offered in July, August, October. (Scroll down)
Get your kizomba essentials ON!
There are 3 Videos, A, B and C.
Here is Video ‘A’ :
Basics 1, 2, 3, marca, walk with marca, rock step, walk with rock step, rock step, walk on the outside of lady.
B: Staircase, man’s saida, lady’s saida, rock step, 1/4 turns, saida cha cha, rock step, saida cha cha + staircase.
Video C: rock step, flip into balada from back rock, finish with lady’s saida; rock step, lady’s saida into flip balada, finish with lady’s saida. lady’s saida into Cuban side to side, finish with balada/saida. Around the world, finish with saida/cha cha/1/4 turn combo.
New D-E-F Kizomba Variation Challenge
★Techie Tuesdays featuring “DEF” 4-week kizomba challenge. Learn most common sequences of basic figures from ABC. Transition from one move to another, EX: Saida cha cha to Quarter Turns.
Once you know how to mix and match core moves you are DANCING!
GHI New course! (Offered 3x a year only)
Recommended for those who have done at least one if not two DEFs. It means that when you are very comfortable with at least 8 core moves, then you are ready to go outside the box with them. We will separate the moves in smaller units, and stretch them rhythmically. This way the lead can relax mentally and connect more with the music. Knowing one core move can bring you 10 variations of it! Follows will learn to not expect a straight up core move and allow the lead to be playful. When you connect to the music you are truly dancing!
Wednesday and Sunday Workshop Themes: Intermediate levels
Wed 7:00-9:00pm for $15. Great value!
Workshop Wednesday Schedule:
May 31 – Syncopations to add to your musicality (fast steps-requires technique)
ONLY FOR JUNE!
June 7/14/21 SNOWBALL KIZOMBA PRACTICE from 8 – 9:30pm for only $5.
Guided practice where you change partners after each song without instruction. (Stephanie is away).
Regular 7-9pm workshop series continues throughout July n every Wednesday of the year!
Advanced Kiz Training:
Every Wednesday 9-10:45pm. $20
For hardcore dancers who are open to learning progressive kizomba, with body isolations and challenging rhythmic variations.
July’s focus will be TARRAXHINA.
For details on classes, (like what to wear, rotating parterns etc)
Payment options: Cash only.
No partner necessary! In fact most of our students register without one.
Every class is self contained and therefore drop-in friendly. The more you come, the faster you’ll learn and the more connected you’ll be to your progress.
We actually prefer drop-ins as more people come on a consistent basis and learn more within a level. You can learn so much in level 2 if you come every week for up to a year! Oh yes! Enjoy the journey…
You can pay as you go and get discounts when you take 2 classes per day which include the socials if you’re attending Sundays.
Privates: Email firstname.lastname@example.org. FB is better: GOdanz Kizomba.
What to wear: Comfortable clean fresh clothes, deodorant and fresh breath. No strong perfumes or cologne. This dance is close!
Kizomba Class Descriptions
Intro to kizomba (Sun) Learn 5 basic steps, hip movement, how to connect in kizomba, lead n follow, posture, handholds, knee connection, kizomba vs semba walk and small variations.
Level 1 (Tues) Kiz Essential and Kiz Technique: Even if you’ve partner danced before, you’ll quickly notice how different kizomba is. We therefore focus on the movement of the 1st basic-without it, no other move will make sense to your partner. Take at least 4 Tuesday classes to be comfortable with 4 basics and 2 saidas (core move).
Level 2 (Sun) This is for people who are comfortable leading or following Kizomba basics and already know man’s and lady’s saida. You’ll learn more core moves and variations. Learn timing, 3 rhythm variations, continue working on posture and frame, mastering the kizomba/semba walks. (Wed/Sun)
Workshops (Wed) This is for kizomba addicts. The variations are more complex using syncopations, sharper turns, harder body leads, and leg passes. There is more emphasis on musicality and rhythmical ‘stretching’ of core moves.
Adv Kizomba Training (Wed) This is for hardcore dancers who want to refine their technique and add more body isolations or polished technique and musicality. Must ask to join.