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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)

Her own dance school, that was always Motsi Mabuse’s dream. She is well-known through the German dance show “Let’s dance” on RTL. On September 2nd 2017 her dream came true. She wanted Kizomba to be part of her offer and therefore she invited JD & Chrissi, two internationally well-known Kizomba artists, to be her partner. We met Motsi in her dance school in Eschborn (Frankfurt), took a look at the school and her offer and report about it in the following article.

Interview with Motsi

Motsi, you were an active Standard-Latin-dancer and you became famous far beyond the dance scene through the RTL show „Let’s dance“. What motivated you to open your own dance school?

It was always my goal. During our active dancing times we were on tour a lot, we performed or trained. But you don’t really earn a lot of money with this. I love the dance and made my passion my profession. Furthermore, I wanted a second mainstay.

How was your path to your own dance school? Were there any obstacles?

I started my active search four years ago. I had many problems to find the right space in Frankfurt that is suitable for all dance styles. That was very important for us as we worked for a long time on our current concept.

Next to the well-known ballroom and latin dances you offer also special courses like West Coast Swing or Urban Kiz. How did you come up with this idea?

I fell in love with the different dance styles. They are lots of fun!

What do you like most about Urban Kiz?

I love Urban Kiz! I danced it a few years ago in South Africa and already decided there that I absolutely want to teach it in our dance school.

Do you dance Kizomba yourself?

I’m a huge fan and I am learning, so… yes! J

For Urban Kiz you hired two internationally well-known external trainers. How did this cooperation start?

JD & Chrissi approached us when we started searching for dance teachers. I think they are both very likable and very good teachers.

Which regular Urban Kiz courses do you offer?

Every Tuesday from 7 – 8:30 p.m. a beginner class and from 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.m an advanced class. Unfortunately, JD & Chrissi can only come on Tuesdays that’s why our Kizomba night is always on Tuesdays.

You organize a monthly Kizomba Party with well-known DJs – what can we look forward to?

I always look forward to these parties in my school. Today on Halloween we invited DJ Narc6 and on November 28th DJ Lenhy from Paris.

 

Partyreview – Halloweenparty on October 31st 2017 with DJ Narc6

 

The dance school

Motsi Mabuse HalloweenSince September 2017 “Motsi Mabuse’s Taunus Tanzschule” is located on the 9th floor in the middle of an industrial area in Eschborn.  It offers a breath-taking 360° view onto Frankfurt and its surroundings. Especially at night, when the lights glow in the dark, you almost rather take a look out of the window than to focus on your dance. Two big wall mirrors, a great foyer with a big bar and seats as well as a cloakroom is offered by the dance school as well as their attention to detail. Thus the dance school was decorated entirely in Halloween style to create just the right mood. Just the high beverage prices were a bit shocking gut maybe not unusual for a big city. A cuba libre costs 7,50 € and a coce 3,10 €.

Workshop with JD & Chrissi

JD Chrissi Kizomba JD & Chrissi gave their Urban Kiz Workshop (open level) before the party from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. The participants brought very different skill levels, from beginner to advanced. The ratio was quite balanced with just a very small surplus of women. More than 50 people participated in the Workshop, before the official party with DJ began at 9:00 p.m..

Kizombaparty with DJ Narc6

More than 125 guests arrived from all over the place: Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Mannheim – even a dancer from East Frisia found her way to Motsi Mabuse‘s Kizomba Party. Narc6 played a diversified mix, from soft sounds up to harder Tarraxa-Beats he offered something for every taste. He has a knack for the audience and adapts his music accordingly. The atmosphere was very personal and jolly. A true feel-good program for the Kizomba soul. Even after the official end of the party at 1p.m. the people kept on dancing.

Our conclusion

A great dance school with a diverse offer and a set Kizomba program, lead with lots of love by Motsi and her husband Evgenij, who are both present at their parties. The location on the upper floor of a multi-storey building with the view over Frankfurt expresses a lot of charme. All thumbs up from our side. KizzMag looks forward to coming back.

Don’t miss it!  – the next events takes place on November 28th with DJ Lenhy from Paris.

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Party video