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For the second time, the “Black Forest Kizomba Days” took place in a new and larger location in Horb am Neckar. Just over 200 guests from Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Munich, Freiburg, Switzerland and France visited the small and limited event in the northern Black Forest. In particular, the new location and the good balance made the event something unique.

A report by Maria Nieleck

Former barracks becomes a dance floor

After the Horb monastery was already bursting at the seams in the first edition of 2018, the organizers decided to move to a new venue. On a former barracks site, a new and modern event location was created in 2017 – Quartier77 with integrated catering. Rarely do you experience such a complete and consistent service. Both the hotel only 400 meters from the venue, which invites for a walk at a 16-degree outdoor temperature in February, as well as the straightforward, free parking on the huge square in front of the front door was a great pleasure, even before the event has started. With beaming faces, the guests were welcomed, the registration was really good organized, so no long waiting times arose – what a great start!

The integrated restaurant offered over the weekend a great food selection for all tastes. Certain meals were served throughout the whole night. Not only price and performance, but also the extremely well-organized service and fast delivery convinced.

Balanced line up

Workshop VerSus

A colorful mixed line-up offered over 1.5 days a total of 17 workshops and 2 parties. As international dance teachers “VerSus” from Rome as well as Black Cherry & Manu from Paris were invited. The Italian dance teacher couple was well received by the audience, who were already there for the second time. Otherwise, the organizers rely on well-known local and national dance teachers and deejays. “We have excellent teachers and deejays in Germany. We’re happy to support them.”  Besides VerSus, George & Iva from Pack’n’dance, Gregor & Vika, Murmel Plus & Silvi, Dani & Ahmet (AfroMoves) gave workshops in all dance styles: Kizomba Classic, Urban Kiz, Kizomba Fusion, Tarraxinha, Semba and others. The audience was also very mixed, from beginners to very advanced dancers everything was represented. Not only the cream-de-la-cream meets here, but also not so experienced dancers can fully develop here. Therefore the feedback of the guests is not surprising: “unique”, “sensational” and above all “familiar” the organizers of the event got to hear again and again. “Nobody is anonymous here. Here we get to know each other and the mood is very personal,” says a guest.

Excellent mood

Nearly all guests want to come back, already over 40% of the tickets for February 2020 are sold, with an 86% percent repeat rate.

Gregor & Vika – Heiratsantrag

In particular, the good balance between men and women was a decisive factor for the good mood in Horb. Here was not only made advertising with good balance, but actually realized outstanding. Although the organizers value taxi dancers, but only in moderation, two female taxi dancers were also booked for the men. “There are enough gentlemen who do not feel confident enough to ask for a good dancer or are very reserved. We would like to solve this with female taxi dancers, who give these gentlemen a great dance experience.”

A very special highlight of the first evening was the proposal of Gregor to his Vika during the artist’s performance. If that’s not the biggest compliment for an event organizer! But the familiar cohesion and the cooperation of the club members was felt over the entire event, which also invited this time to the cake buffet on Saturday evening. What a wonderful surprise it is when suddenly at midnight a large cake buffet at your disposal is in front of you?!

Spontaneous outdoor workshops

Another highlight was the weather. In contrast to last year, when all Horb threatened to sink in the snow, the guests were rewarded this year with 16 degrees and beautiful sunshine. George recognized the opportunity and spontaneously moved his two workshops outside. So important men styling tips were learned in the open air and in summer clothing.

George’s Workshop open air

Resume

The second “Black Forest Kizomba Days” exceeded their first performance by far. A very successful event that has become an insider tip. A uniquely good balance, a familiar and personal atmosphere and an absolutely top-quality location form the basis for this top event. The carefully selected line-up as well as add-ons such as the free cake buffet or the free drink on the gala evening complete the package.

From 14.-16. February 2020, the 3rd edition takes place and extends until Sunday evening. Boot camps and a long social on Sunday will be offered. Also in attendance are VerSus from Italy, who have established themselves as a solid line up with their Italian charm. New are JP & Stephy and Vie & Sir J. from Paris. Also new is DJ Lionnax from Paris and DJ Malick from Bordeaux, making it the first international DJs at the event.

Early Bird tickets were online one week later and almost sold out. After the excellent reputation of the 2nd edition, one can assume that the 3rd edition will be in great demand

Gallery

Pictures by Alex Reis – Netlax Photography

On November 18th 2017, the second Kloster-Kizz Party took place in Horb am Neckar. This new Kizomba Party that takes place seldom on the edge of the black forest hits especially the taste of those who prefer small and familial events. The event organizer is a small nonprofit organization which enjoys great popularity in the region in shortest time. Why? We reveal their success formula.

Report: Eva Fischer

Kizomba in a monastery?

At a location in a monastery we initially don’t automatically think of hot Kizomba and Salsa rhythms. The beautiful location makes the events in Horb, though. The room in a charming cellar-vault, great dancefloor and good sound as well as lighting offers the right atmosphere for dancing and relaxing. But how did Kizomba find its way to Horb in the first place? Horb is a small, rural town in the north of the Black Forest and Kizomba was not known there until 2 years ago.

The initiator is the nonprofit organization „Saltango – Tango Argentino & Salsa Nagold e.V.“, which is active since 2009. The organization consists of two departments – Salsa and Tango. Both pursue the goal to carry on the culture of the dances. On Tuesdays the members of the organization meet for a Salsa and Kizomba class followed by a chance to practice in the monastery Horb.

The motivation behind it? „The people come every Tuesday, often with worries and somehow stiff from work and when they go home at 11 p.m. they are relaxed and happy.” This is a way to make social contacts but also to move and stay fit.

Since fall 2016 they organize in addition to the regular salsa parties also pure kizomba parties, always with high quality workshops beforehand

 

The concept of Horb

At the beginning only five members visited the Kizomba practice parties. This

That was unsatisfactory and the responsible organizors thought about a concept to push Kizombapartys in Horb. Their idea was to invite external teachers. Already at their third event with JD&Chrissi their event was sold out in advance. The visitors came from Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Ravensburg and even Munich.

The organization in Horb follows a promising concept:

  • The Location: The old Franciscan monastery offers diverse events under the lead of the „Projekt Zukunft e.V.“ (“project future”) association, amongst other things theatre plays and hosts the Salsa department from the beginning. There is a nice small restaurant with good food in the same building. The old masonry creates a very special and unique atmosphere in the appropriate lighting.
  • Ratio male-female: It’s not much fun standing at the edge of the dance floor and waiting to find a free dancer. Therefore, it is an elementary part of the concept to pay attention to a balanced ratio between male and female dancers. “We want everyone to be able to dance and to go home happy.”
  • Number of guests: Also, care is taken to ensure that a maximum number of participants is not exceeded. The guests should not step on each other’s feet or having to dance on a crowded dancefloor.

The success speaks for itself. The number of members is growing, as well as the number of guests at the parties. The familiarity of the events and the location exploded literally last year. “In the meantime, one can speak of ‘exclusivity status’. If you want to be there, you have to secure your ticket on time. If the event is sold out, there will be no box office.”

 

„Kizomba im Kloster“ with JD and Chrissi 

On November 18th 2017, JD & Chrissi offered the participants a demanding, but also amusing and entertaining 2-hour workshop. The male-female ratio was exactly balanced during the workshop with the help of two host ladies. To the music of DJ Harryz triggered good dancing mood.

JD also found only positive words for the event: “I liked the workshop. It was a very good atmosphere, we had fun and there was a lot of energy in the group.” JD liked the location and also praised the organization. “We will always come back with great pleasure.”

Participant and club member Katrin also found only positive words. She enjoyed a private lesson with JD & Chrissi before the workshop. “Chrissi taught me some Ladies Style. The workshop was very informative and definitely worth the money. It’s a good idea to take some private classes when there is an opportunity.” She likes the fact that the organization offers such events in Horb, and she is grateful that there are people who get so involved and invite teachers to Horb. “Everything here is rather small and familiar. That’s pleasant.”

What’s next?

Black Forest Kizomba Days 2018 from February 16th – 18th 2018.

The monastery has two more rooms next to the theater hall. 15 workshops will be offered in Kizomba, Semba, Urban Kiz and Tarraxinha as well as a social event on Saturday afternoon. In addition, there will be two parties on Friday and Saturday evening. There is a strict limitation of passes also at this event. A reasonable number of male and female taxi dancers are invited, as well as 7 artist couples and 6 DJs. The partner hotel is right next door, two other accommodations are within walking distance.

They plan to offer the well-known quality and balance. All guests should have a great experience and go home happy. “Since we have no commercial purpose as a nonprofit association, we can use all our energy and revenue to create an incomparable Kizomba event. We also want to make Kizomba even better known in this rural area. ”

KizzMag wishes you a lot of success and will also be there in February.

Next Kizomba Events in Horb in 2018:

  • February 16th – 18th – Black Forest Kizomba Days
  • May 5th 2018 – Kloster-Kizz with Stone’s & Sabine
  • October 20th 2018 – Kloster-Kizz with Joany & Petroula
  • December 1st 2018 – Kloster-Kizz (still in planning phase)