The long weekend beginning of June 2017 inflamed Kizomba passions – not only due to the great music but also due to the heat that everybody had to fight with. 500 participants danced for the purposes of a fundraiser for “Wir helfen Kindern” (“we help children”). Despite some weaknesses in the organization, the KizombaInvasion Stuttgart had a great start thanks to about 100 teachers, DJs, taxi dancers and helpers.

High temperatures

You can see that the organizers of the KizombaInvasion weren’t very lucky with the locations and especially the temperatures. Just like in Munich the participants had to tolerate very high temperatures. In rooms right under the roof, low ceilings and outside temperatures around 30 degrees it hard to avoid such temperatures on the dancefloor. It was great that the organization reacted immediately:  on the next day, they bought at least a dozen high-powered ventilators in order to fight the heat at least a little bit. One characteristic of good organizers is that they don’t only accept the circumstances but that they react proactively within the scope of their possibilities.

Great party atmosphere

Just like in Munich, the party guests didn’t let that spoil their party. With DJs like Selekto Mao, Narc6 or Remcy and Saul from Munich and many other great Deejays, it was hard to hold oneself back. The music was diverse and infectious, on the Urban Kizz Floor just the same as on the classic Kizomba floor. The social dance was jammed and full of cheerful dancers. Especially the job of the taxi dancers is taken very seriously at the KizombaInvasion evenets and you can see that the group really pays attention that nobody has to wait for a long time for a dance (women and men). The male and female taxi dancers did a great job and gave their very best in order to make the guests happy on the dancefloor. The warm weather outside also had its sunny side and that’s how a spontaneous outdoor social dance floor was created in front of the entrance and the guests enjoyed the afternoon sun to catchy Kizomba songs.

Over two days, always two workshops took place in parallel, from beginner classes to a masterclass, almost everything was offered, although they were mainly in Urban style. Stone’s & Sabine, Yasmeen Diamond, Franky Kizzfly, Arnaud & Inna or Donald Wilson together with others passed on their knowledge during their workshops. For people who prefer to take workshops in rather classical Kizomba might not be well-advised to buy a full-pass. The party-ticket can be recommended to everyone though since there was a second dancefloor with classical Kizomba and Semba.

Organizational weaknesses

The workshop plan disclosed some first organizational weaknesses. In the run-up changing workshop plans lead to misunderstandings amongst the participants. Thus, an advanced dancer found herself in a beginner class and changed with a delay to the right workshop. The same thing happened also to some other participants. An updated Workshop plan was displayed on every door which was however overlooked by some participants. A general recommendation for everyone: please ask for an updated workshop plan before the workshops start. Last-minute changes can take place on any festival due to various reasons like e.g. illnesses.

On Sunday, the schedule was messed up completely. Due to a short notice cancellation of an artist, the start of the workshops was delayed which lead to a change of the complete workshop plan. Lunch arrived only after 4pm instead of at lunchtime due to the change of the schedule. Participants who got themselves out of bed early after dancing away the night were not happy about the circumstances. Many participants were bothered by the change of timing and for some artists it lead to problems in their own time management. For organizers, it’s generally a mammoth task as soon as artists or DJs cancel short notice like in this case. They have to search for replacements and it’s not always possible to solve this. Technical problems with the sound system additionally postponed the schedule. The organizers are even more aware about these problems and will keep an eye about these things after this experience. The organizers are very thankful for the support of the artists and DJs who stepped in last-minute in order to replace the ones who had to cancel.

Beneficence and dancing in foreground

Altogether and despite some organizational weaknesses – which can absolutely take place at a first event – it was a successful start for KizombaInvasion in Stuttgart. The organizing team does their job wholeheartedly and you can feel that the fun of dancing is absolutely in the foreground and not commercial purposes. The cooperation with “Dekasa – Deutsch-kamerunischer Samariter e.V.” (german-cameroon Samaritan association) for almost all KizombaInvasion events shows what a great project is being created here. The public charity will benefit from everything that is left in the basket at the end of the year. With this year’s learning curve we can expect a great KizombaInvasion Stuttgart in May 2018. Their next party takes place on September 23rd 2017 in Mannheim followed by the KizombaInvasion Frankfurt from September 29th – October 1st 2017, which takes place already for the second time. We are curious and look forward to it.

Summary

  • 2 Floors

    Urban Kizomba and classic Kizomba & Semba

  • fund raiser

  • High dancing level

    50 taxi dancers (male and female)

  • varied music and good mix of DJs

  • breakfast buffet and African food

  • high temperatures

    especially because of the weather

  • in the run-up changing workshop plans

  • change of timeline

    complete changing of the Sunday schedule

Next dates

23.09.2017 Kizinvasion Day Mannheim

29.09. – 01.10.2017 KizombaInvasion Frankfurt 

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