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.

Weekend with Polish Kizomba Champion Gosia Poreba July 12 to 14, 2013

Seattle kizomba addicts, clear your calendars! Gosia Poreba, will be in the Emerald City from July 11th-23rd. Gosia is a wonderful social dancer and amazing instructor who will be in Seattle for ten days. Together with he partner Olek, she will be teaching workshops at the Century Ballroom the weekend of July 13-14 and you can schedule privates with her through out her stay.

Maurcy Markowski and Sheena Mangicap will be hosting this talented couple and producing this event.  Dances will be hosted by the Century Ballroom on Friday 7/12 and Saturday 7/13.

Weekend Schedule 

  • Friday 7/12 - Kizomba Social at West Hall - Beginner Drop-In from 9:00pm - 10:00pm ($15 includes the dance); 10:00pm to 1:00am ($10 Dance)
  • Saturday 7/13 - Kizomba Workshops 1:00pm - 6:00pm (details below)
  • Saturday 7/13 - Kizomba Social at West Hall - 10:00pm - 1:00am ($10 Dance)
  • Sunday 7/14 - Kizomba Workshops 12:00 - 5:30pm (details below)

Workshop Details

Saturday - Main Ballroom at the Century Ballroom

1:00pm - 2:20pm :: Kizomba basics: body movement, walking techniques, basic steps and combinations
2:20pm - 2:30pm :: Break
2:30pm - 3:50pm :: Intermediate: working on balance, variacao, combination in saidas
3:50pm - 4:00pm :: Break
4:00pm - 5:20pm :: Bunda Styling/Tarraxinha
5:20pm - 6:00pm :: Q/A, Practica, Time buffer

Sunday - Main Ballroom at the Century Ballroom

12:01pm - 1:20pm :: Advanced kizomba mechanics: musicality, body control, slow-downs, syncopations
1:20pm - 1:30pm :: Break
1:30pm - 2:50pm :: Advanced kizomba patterns
2:50pm - 3:00pm :: Break
3:00pm - 4:20pm :: Semba
4:20pm - 5:30pm :: Q/A, Practica, Time buffer


Single class - $25
Single Day (3 classes) - $70
Entire Event (6 classes) - $130

How Much Bang For Your Buck!


Private class - $70 per hour
Look at this google calendar to check availability for privates (Jul 15 - Jul 22).
Contact Maurycy or Sheena to book one!


Gosia has been involved with music and dance since she was 6 years old. Her first major passion was salsa-on-2 and she has been a dance instructor since 2006. After her participation in the first kizomba workshops in Poland in 2007, she passionately fell in love with the dance and, as a result, trained under many famous kizomba instructors, including AfroLatin Connection and Kwenda Lima. Gosia has since been spearheading the Polish kizomba scene as Warsaw's premier kizomba instructor and is credited as the current Polish Kizomba Champion. She regularly teaches at kizomba congresses around Europe. In 2012, she participated in the AfricaDancar competition in Portugal and qualified for the finals.

As an instructor, Gosia puts a lot of emphasis on musicality in her classes as she believes that this is the most important aspect of dance. To support this concept, she focuses on body motion and styling as a means of expressing the music. Gosia has terrific understanding of theory and mechanics of the dance and really breaks down for her students not only how a particular move can be executed, but also the why behind it. We are excited to bring such an extraordinary instructor to our city! Please join us in welcoming Gosia to Seattle kizomba.

Here is Gosia's kizomba demo.
Here is a performance video of Gosia and her students to her own choreography:

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