Kizomba is...

"An embrace means I don't feel threatened by you, I'm not afraid to be this close, I can relax, feel at home, feel protected and in the presence of someone who understands me. It is said that each time we embrace someone warmly, we gain an extra day of life."

A quote from Paul Coelho (one of my favorite authors) that describes for me what dancing kizomba is like.

Monday, January 1, 2001

Petchu and Vanessa Kizomba Weekend July 11 - 13, 2014

Let's welcome Petchu and Vanessa to Seattle July 11 -13, 2014. Save this weekend on your calendar and join us for a weekend of dancing and fun.

About the Artists:

Mestre Petchu and Vanessa are one of the greatest world authorities in the field of Angolan culture of music and dance. Living in Portugal for many years now, Petchu was the first to teach kizomba and semba there. He is known to have spread kizomba, the dance, throughout Europe. Petchu is the founder of the African ballet group, Kilandukilu and has been leading this group for 25 years of his 30 year career. Vanessa, also a member of Kilandukilu, is internationally for her Ginga, and is one of the best female Kizomba and Semba dancers in the world.


FRIDAY July 11 DANCE: 9:00pm to 2:00am
Belltown Dance Studio
DJ Metrix
Drop-in Lesson 9-10 with Frances $5
Dance 10pm - 2am $10

SATURDAY July 12 WORKSHOPS: 12:00nn to 6:00pm
Location: Main Ballroom at the Century Ballroom
12:00 - 12:30 Welcome and Registration
12:30 - 1:30 Kizomba Foundations
1:30 - 1:45  Break
1:45 - 2:45 African Tribal Dance
2:45 - 3:00  Break
3:00 - 4:30  Semba Foundations
4:30 - 5:00  Break
5:00 - 6:00 SPECIAL CLASS: 
- Ginga for Follows in the Main Ballroom
- Ginga for Leads in West Hall

SATURDAY July 12 DANCE: 11:00pm to 2:00am
West Hall at the Century Ballroom
DJ Neph

SUNDAY July 13 WORKSHOPS: 11:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Main Ballroom at the Century Ballroom
11:00 - 11:30 Registration
11:30 - 12:30 Kizomba Improvers
12:30 -12:45 break
12:45 - 1:45 African Tribal Dance
1:45 - 2:00 break
2:00 -3:00  Semba Improvers
3:00 - 4:00  Wrap-up pictures, practice

SUNDAY July 13 DANCE: 10:00pm to 1:00am
Location: West Hall at the Century Ballroom
DJ Frances

Sign up in person at the workshops in the Century Ballroom Main Ballroom.

If you are unable to sign up online please bring CASH only to the classes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

TUESDAY July 15 Evening Class and Practice:  7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Dance Underground
Facebook event
7:30 - 8:30pm Semba Class
8:30 - 9:30pm Practice

$20 for the Class (Practice time is included)
$5 for Practice Only

Proceeds for the class will go directly to Petchu and Vanessa after studio cost are covered.
REGISTER: Pay for the Class
[Paying through Paypal includes a service fee.]

OR, Please bring exact change in cash the day of the class.
Class space is limited so register ahead of time to save your spot!

WEDNESDAY July 16 Evening Class and Practice:  7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Details
Location: Centennial Tower Apartments Fireside Lounge

Maestre Petchu and Vanessa will be staying in Seattle through July 17th. Privates will be scheduled throughout their stay on a first come first serve basis. Rates are $105 per person or $185 for a couple. Please bring cash and exact change. An extra charge for studio rental may be necessary depending on what's available. Studio rental will be anywhere from $10 - $20. If you are interested in scheduling a private or group private, please email