Within five years, Petroula Kaleadous’ dance school TanzES established itself as one of the most popular dance schools in Stuttgart and around. Their varied course program ranges from Zumba to Salsa, Bachata to Kizomba and, more recently, West Coast Swing. In addition to the course schedule, various workshops and boot camps are regularly on the program. In this context Kizomba teacher George (Pack’n’dance) was guest teacher at the school in Esslingen. What he has to report and how TanzES has developed, you read in our article.

3-hours boot camp with George from Munich

Workshop by George (Pack’n’dance)

With about 40 participants, the Urban Kiz bootcamp with George was sold out long before the event. For the second time he appeared as a guest teacher and brought motivated dance students content of Tarraxinha, musicality and Kizomba technique closer. He was supported by dance school owner Petroula herself, who is impressed by George’s teaching style. But George also raves and always enjoys to come to the dance school. For him, it is cooperation on equal terms and praises Petroula’s in particular didactic and well structured teaching. The team is friendly, open and the atmosphere in the new location, which were moved in January 2019, was great.

Petroula supports her dance teachers

George had previously taught TanzES dance teachers with his “Teacher Certification” program, because further education is a “must have” for Petroula. Therefore, it is not surprising that she encourages her dance teachers to further training and also carries the costs. Only with a well-trained and motivated team a dance school with a diverse course program can operate successfully, told Petroula. TanzES offers classes in fitness, dance and Latin with a team of several dance teachers and assistants. Now, the dance school is one of the largest and most attractive dance schools in Stuttgart and around. However, the enthusiastic dancer has hard-won this position with diligence and passion.

First course with only one student

In 2014 she took the step to her own dance school and started her first Zumba class with only one student. This student brought a friend with, this in turn more and the project began to run. This is how the first Ladystyling course, Petroula’s hobbyhorse, was born. The women felt well looked after in the classes and were able to develop quickly their own dance personality, completely without a dance partner. In addition to Zumba Petroula then also offered Latin dance and children’s dance.

Their number of students grew rapidly. With Sonja Kon, who joined the team early on, her course program was supplemented by “Waking”. Later Joany joined the team, with whom she teaches the couple dances Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba, as well as Maya. Already in 2015 she took Kizomba into the extensive course program and teaches together with Joany Gomes. In addition to regular classes, TanzES also offers regular boot camps for various dance styles, including Kizomba. This should be an added value for the students, in order to collect other impressions.

“Dancing should keep the body fit”

Petroula is incredibly proud of her team, and nothing stands in the way of TanzES‘ growth with this “manpower”. She teaches 7 days a week and Petroula is particularly proud of the variety that her dance students build with her. “There are hardly any students who only learn Salsa, only Bachata or just Kizomba. Almost all dance several dance styles.” In addition, the dance school lives according to the motto: “Dancing should keep the body fit”. A motto that is lived, especially Petroula herself, who still teaches sick and with one or the other sports injury and is present on the dance floor to inspires and motivates their dance students.

What can TanzES students and fans looking forward to?

On September 28, George returns, again for a three-hour boot camp. But there are even more highlights that TanzES offers in the coming months, including plans for a Ladystyle event with intense boot camps just for ladies, bringing them back to their original roots. In addition, she will continue to advance the dance style “West Coast Swing” in Stuttgart with her own dance teachers and invited external guest lecturers and is doing pioneering work here.

With her holistic approach and a strong team, Petroula offers one of the most attractive dance schools near Stuttgart. Their increasing number of students and their long-time regulars speak for themselves. Kizomba will continue to be an integral part of the program in the future. If you want to be up to date, keep an eye on the TanzES homepage or Facebook page. Here you can find all scheduled appointments.

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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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He is one of the old stagers in Germany when it comes to Kizomba. Music and dance are in his blood from childhood on and it was always part of his life. In 2010 he founded Germany’s first dance school offering exclusively Kizomba and ran quite a risk doing it since Kizomba was still quite unknown at that time. He gained acceptance, but it was a tough fight until today, as you can read hereafter…

His path to dancing

Tony Gomes und AlenaThe native Angolan danced already from childhood on as his mother – as opposed to his father – loved dancing passionately. He encountered the dance Salsa and learned the first steps through locally based Cuban soldiers who were supporting Angola at the time. Already at the age of 12 he danced Semba and Passada on a concert and impressed the local mayor with his talent. A stimulation for Tony to focus on dancing.

He learned especially Zouk which then incorporated Cap Verdean elements. This is how Kizomba slowly developed, which was danced to Zouk music though. The Kizomba at that time was played live. There were no electronic mixes at the time just like there were no mobile phones. Nevertheless, everybody knew when and where there was going to be a concert. Tony was working as a DJ already in Angola – the payment? A bottle of liqueur!

Kizomba in Germany

Kizomba appeared in Germany already in 1996. Tony already danced a lot during that time, Samba or even Lambada-shows amongst others and he was already well-known in dance schools at that time.

Tony was mainly as DJ in Stuttgart, in the so-called “Schützenhaus”, the “Jaba Daba Du” and other locations and put on Salsa music but always and on principle also Kizomba music, even if it was only 2-3 songs.  Even if in a room full of 800 party guests the dancefloor was immediately empty as soon as Kizomba was playing, Tony still insisted on his freedom and on presenting a piece of his home culture and music, although the people asked him not to play Kizomba. They liked the music but nobody knew how to dance to it. Tony had to deal with a lot of setbacks. By today he could fill a big book only with the complaints in diverse online forums about him playing Kizomba music.  Still, Tony staid persistent and kept on playing Kizomba music on his parties.

Germany’s first Kizomba school

Tony wanted to teach, he didn’t want to teach Salsa though. In October 1996 Tony dared his first try. He also taught Tae-Kwon-Do in Nürtingen (close to Stuttgart in Southern Germany) and he offered first courses in his „Afro-Southamerican dance school“. However the people were reserved when it came to Kizomba. “The dance was too close for them. This kind of proximity was not desired.” The interest grew with time and all of a sudden, the Kizomba boom started in Portugal. The Africa Dançar festivals started in 2007 and Tony joined them 2008 and 2009.

With his first dance partner Alena he pursued the goal to teach Kizomba in Germany. He wanted to build up a real teaching structure and to teach it comprehensively. He met Petchu in a club and asked him for help. Petchu supported him to create a course concept and how to teach Kizomba properly. In 2010 he founded „AfroMoves“ and together with Alena he built it piece by piece up. Alena was a very important part of AfroMoves because of her great organising ability and contributed a lot in creating AfroMoves. After five years she had to leave the school 2013 for health reasons. At this time, Justy was already Tony’s student and he began to teach her to become Alena’s successor. Privately they are a couple and they have a little son.

The AfroMoves Team grew over the years and consists of around 10 people by now. “I’m very proud of the team and thankful to be able work together with these great people”. He admits that he himself is not the specialist in organizing things. His profession and passion is the dance itself. That’s why he is very thankful that his team supports him in these things.  

AfroMoves‘ offers

Alongside the regular courses that go from beginner classes to the Master Club, Afromoves also consistently offers special workshops. To offer a possibility to dance and practice, they offer their so-called “KizZonntag” every Sunday in the bar “myemy” at Ufa-Palast in Stuttgart. There you can dance in a cozy party atmosphere and finish your week in an atmospheric set-up.

Every fourth Saturday of the month their big Kizomba-Party “Noit de Kizomba” takes place, usually also at “myemy”. This event series is one of the firmly established and bigger Kizomba-Parties in the greater area of Stuttgart with its changing guest DJs and free “Just-One” Workshops at the beginning.

Only recently, the so-called “The Gomes-Party” takes place every second Saturday of the month. By turns, Tony himself and his son Joany – who is likewise a professional dance teacher – pride themselves as DJs and ensure to offer diversified Kizomba music in Esslingen (close to Stuttgart, in the dance school SabroSalsa).

Furthermore, organized dance travels to Portugal in cooperation with viaDanza dance travels are part of AfroMoves’ repertoire. They take place twice a year in May and October and are comprised of special workshops combined with a holiday feeling.

The yearly AfroMoves Kizomba Festival mid-March ist he event highlight oft he dance school and will take place already for the 7th time in March 2018.

Discussion about traditional vs. Urban Kiz

Tony who is described as “traditional” Kizomba dance by most people explains to us that there is essentially no such thing as “traditional” Kizomba but that almost everything can be seen as fusion. Absolutely “traditional” is rather the solo dance, the couple dance on the contrary is fundamentally to be seen as a modern dance.  There were always developments in dances, especially in Kizomba and they should be accepted. “It was necessary to invent more steps in order to be able to present something interesting on stage. Many figures and steps exist only since the development as started. Kizomba is not a trend, it is culture.“  Of course  we shouldn’t forget the origins and the traditional beginnings, but we should also tolerate the developments.     

Tipps for all dancers

Don’t go for the figures and combinations right away. Develop a feeling for the music firstn

Value the basics – they are the foundation

Dance with different dance partners in order to become flexible in your dance

Try to dance to the music and develop your musicality

Women need to learn to let go

Women need to focus on following their partner, to feel what is being led

 

Tony Gomes is dancer with heart and soul. We thank him for the pleasant interview and the insight into his starting time as Kizomba teacher.

Ehemalige Tanzpartnerin Eva Fischer & Tony Gomes

An interview from Silke Wiedenhöft