To all Kizomba dancers out there, or better said “inside”, because due to the CoVid19 pandemic, our life takes place mainly at home. Each of us already felt it. Dance schools were closed, parties were canceled, festivals were canceled or postponed. The first dance schools are only slowly starting to operate under strict conditions. Finally we can deal with the topic of “dancing” again and I would like to take this opportunity. My name is Andreas Altmann. I am  dance teacher for Kizomba, Kizomba Fusion and Urban Kiz in Mannheim and the surrounding area and would like to talk in this article about a topic that is very exciting for many people – musicality.

Guest article from Andreas Altmann

Musicality. In my opinion, the most important element of kizomba. Unfortunately musicality is neglected again and again in classes and at workshops. The reason is probably that Musicality is difficult to explain. It does not follow a pattern, but is individual and can be different every time. Musicality is more a feeling and feelings don’t follow rules or logic. We also know that feelings are difficult to describe, especially if they are to be integrated into the dance. All of this makes teaching musicality a challenge. It is precisely these challenges that irritate me. I have thought a lot about where musicality comes from and how it can be implemented. In the following I would like to give you a mental introduction to this.

Dance without music?

Mind game: what would dancing be without music? There would be no dancing. It would not exist. It would be something like the days of the pandemic. Nobody would dance. Dancing without music is inconceivable, it is of the utmost importance for us dancers. Music activates and stimulates us. Music is the origin of our movements, the reason why we dance. And that’s exactly how the musicality begins. Let yourself be inspired by the music, let yourself be guided by it. Bring your feelings into the dance and dance them out.

The reality? You remember the sequence of steps of a cool move that you would like to dance. “In theory, she started somehow to the left behind, the woman has to stand a little more to the side, …” This coordination process requires a certain concentration. In addition, the dance partner often turns her attention to the leadership and thus to the leader. Many leaders feel increasingly observed in this situation, also with regard to spectators. The result? Increasing pressure to succeed in delivering something “good” to the leader and not making mistakes. The musicality receives little or no attention in these cases and virtually disappears.

They way to musicality

And how do I find my way to musicality? Change your mindset. Relieve yourself of the burden of having to prove yourself. Pay more attention to the music. Follow the music. Let it guide you. In this way you come to musicality.

Written soberly in black and white, it is not easy for everyone to follow my thoughts. It’s starting to get complicated. That’s how it is with feelings, they are difficult to explain. I always see a lot of question marks on the faces of my students when I start with this topic. But musicality can be learned. It takes time and patience with yourself, but everyone can work on that. Try it out at the next party. If you have the feeling that you are having more difficulties with Musicality, then visit Musicality workshops or try a private lesson. And as far as the next party is concerned, we hope that it won’t be long in coming. See you. Do it well and stay healthy.

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