Kuduro music and dance from Angola: origins and evolution

KUDURO

I dug deeper into some cool dance performances and find this interesting music and dance style.

Kuduro

HISTORY

First of all, Kuduro (or Kuduru) is a type of music and dance originally developed in Angola in the 1980s. It is characterized as uptempo, energetic, and danceable.

Secondly, it began in Luanda, Angola in the late 1980s. Initially, producers sampled traditional carnival music like:

  • soca and zouk from the Caribbean
  • Semba from Angola

Then, they laid this around a fast 4/4 beat.

SIMILAR DANCES

Thirdly, it is similar to the Kizomba rhythm. The lyrics are usually in Portuguese.

For those of you who like urban dances, you will certainly enjoy this dance as well! It has a lot of similarities with new style hip-hop, house.

If you’d like to know more about it, check these articles:

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2012/12/26/167628341/kuduro-the-dance-that-keeps-angola-going

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuduro

KUDURO DANCE CLASSES

For those interested in learning this dance, there are classes in Paris (France) and London (England):

IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Every Tuesday with Iris De Brito from 19:30 to 20:30 known for her afro, for her Kizomba and Semba. It is a high energy class that will make you move!

@ The Space Studios/ 31 Falkirk St London N1 6HQ.

IN FRANCE

Every Monday from 20:00 to 21:00 with Nat Borges (NKM) known for his afro-house and kuduro energy! He is one of the dancers from the video I’m sharing with you later in this post :).

@Studio Bleu/ 32 rue du Capitaine Marchal, 75020 Paris (Porte de Bagnolet- metro Gambetta).

KUDURO DANCE VIDEOS

Finally, have a look at this youtube mix of music and dance videos. The first video is the one I liked most. The choreography is very good and the two dancers are also witty/funny!

What do you think of this music? And what about the dance?

2013 Irish Hip Hop Dance Workshops taught by championship judges

Referring to my blog post from 14th February 2013 about the Irish Hip Hop Championships, you may like to know that, in addition to the dance competition programme, there will also be dance workshops taught by the judges themselves on Sunday 14th April 2013!

Please find below the various dance workshops schedules with each one of the judges’ panel.

streetvibes hip hop dance workshops

If you aren’t sure what these dance styles look like, check out the below Youtube videos.

Locking with Funky J (the girl):

Commercial hip hop with Alex Schoendorf:

Popping with Natalie McParland:

House with Jaja aka xclusiv (dance starts at 0.28min):


B-boying with B-Boy Yelke from Bad Taste Cru:

Funk and animation with Soulsisterz:

Waacking and voguing with Del Mak:

If you want to know more about each of these dancers, check out the Irish Hip Hop Productions fan page on facebook!

So, guys, which workshop(s) are you interested in taking?

Hip Hop and Michael Jackson dance choreography by Chris Dylus

This video has been filmed by a member of the audience watching the show a few years ago.

For fans of Michael Jackson (first and last choreography) and hip hop, have a look at this video!

A little reminder for those living around Dublin (Ireland), Michael Jackson dance classes will be re-starting on Saturdays in September 2013 (3.15 – 4.15pm) at Dun Laoghaire Theatre of Ireland. For more information, please look into my blog’s archive from November 2012 for the titled post “Michael Jackson dance classes with Chris Dylus”.

For the Jackson 5 nostalgic fans, watch this out and read out the comments! Enjoy!

About circus acrobalance classes and shows in Dublin

Ever dreamed to pick up some circus techniques ? Ever wanted to gain more flexibility and/or strength ?

Lisette Krol is giving regular flexibility and acrobalance classes on Dominick Street Upper, Dublin 1, Ireland.

Have a look at the below slideshow, to get an idea what is acrobalance is about, what kind of tricks you will be learning and other information related to her courses.

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For those who do not know where Tribe Fitness Dance Studio is located, check out the below link:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/TribeFitnessDanceStudio?fref=ts

If you are interested in watching her shows, she is regularly performing around midnight onwards on fridays at the Dragon pub (south great georges street).

Finally, I came across this beautiful UK circus website and thought you might like to check out these stunning african acrobats as well:

http://circusperformers.org/ghana-afican-acrobats.html

Enjoy and come along for a taster class!

Michael Jackson Dance Classes with Chris Dylus

For Michael Jackson fans, this course is for you!

Every saturdays from 3.15pm to 4.15pm, Chris is teaching step-by-step Michael Jackson dance at Dun Laoghaire Dance Theatre of Ireland, next to the Bloomsfield Shopping Centre.

This class is suitable for adult beginners with no particular previous dance experience. Last course for this year 2012 is taking place this coming Saturday 1st December. Seize the opportunity to take it as a taster class before new term re-starts on Saturday 26th January 2013!

If you would like to watch a snippet of a choreography, check out the below video (from 12 minutes onwards):

For more information about prices, location, timetable, ect…, click on the following link:
http://www.dancetheatreireland.com/pages/classchedule.htm

Hope to see you all there!

German Hip Hop Dynamix Dance Crew

These are hip hop choreography sets created by Matthias Arndt I wanted to share with you. Recent or old, you won’t get enough of them and won’t stop watching them over and over again!

If you live in Germany near Erfuhrt, you may want to check his dance classes mentioned on his facebook account (see the link below the picture and videos).

dynamixcrew

Do you have any other good dance crew choreography you would like to share with us ? If so, post the links in the comment box!