I’m not a good dancer (allegedly). Almost everyone knows, but I love the dancing ambiance. So I can hype you and hype myself and dance without any fear that my moves are not the best and we still have fun.
Yet, I went for Kizomba. Kizomba of all dances!
Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music created in Angola. Derived directly from Zouk music, sung generally in Portuguese, it is a genre of music with a romantic flow mixed with African rhythm. The kizomba dancing style is also known to be very sensual. Although it was created in Angola it is often considered Portuguese due to the influence of immigrants, and evolution of the genre in this country.
Kizomba has seen a revival lately for two main reasons: The number of Angolans that have opened night-clubs in Europe and the adoption and reinterpretation of the Kizomba by modern musicians
It’s been three weeks now since my first lesson. I didn’t know my hips could move 😂 – given how stiff I can be. I loved it right away. I had been contemplating for a while before I decided to go for it. It was so beautiful to watch, so I had to do it.
The very first lesson was extremely funny. It’s one thing to watch videos on YouTube and see the closeness between the partners and it’s another to experience it live. The class started at 9pm and it’s 3 hours long. I was on time, Yes! We learnt the fundamental moves and the history of kizomba as above. Then we were allocated partners.
Gguuyyyysssss it’s a chest to chest dance, head to head, legs to legs, hands in hands. It was so awkward but at least the instructor made us feel at ease with his sarcastic jokes! He said before we started the 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 steps: “it is time to release oxytocin 😂😂😂“.
Nevertheless, you get used to it because you get more comfortable. The guys lead, the ladies follow. As a follower, I found closing my eyes very useful to learn quickly. Regardless of the partner, I could follow. It’s twice a week: Monday nights and Saturday nights and there are socials after every 3-hours class. I have attended 5 classes so far and every other lesson day, I am excited as though it were the first. I love that I am learning something I would never have thought of. I love how adventurous I have become, and how this is one more drop of open mindedness. As a huge fan of outdoor sports – tennis, running, cycling, hiking, expeditions, and so on, this has definitely brought me out of my comfort zone. You will go from stiff to sensual in a minute 😉.
If you are open minded about music, and appreciate different flavours of international music, then Kizomba is worth your while. You don’t even have to be Portuguese or be influenced by their culture to life the stuff… or even, speak the Portuguese.
Now to this thing called coding!!!
I have always been passionate about the tech space among few others. The world of social media, digitalisation are fascinating. Let alone, the vitality of coding skills for entrepreneurs, to start businesses, for web development, comprehending computer systems; in the finance space to build algorithms for trading softwares. The benefits are unmatchable and will be serving me sooner than you think 👩🏾💻.
Anyway, two months ago, I heard about a competitive opportunity offered by codefirstgirls.org.uk for an 8 weeks free coding course on web development. If this wasn’t a sign, then I don’t know what it was because I have been wanting to code for the longest time now. I applied on their website and was selected along other young ladies between 18-23. The programme is called CodeFirst:Girls! The mission to increase the number of women in the tech space really worth an ovation. Yes I scream this out loud: tech shouldn’t just be a boys club.
The first class was last Thursday and I couldn’t believe I was coding. I shared a video with my older brother (a coding guru) excitedly and he said “this is just step one. You have a long journey ahead”. In my mind, I was like, no matter how long journey, I am ready 😅. There’s nothing that can discourage me at this point.
One thing I loved about the class was the fact that we got to do the work ourselves. We could seek for guidance but the instructors just guided us. I believe in practical learning. In as much as slides help, practicing really makes a huge difference so well done.
I have registered on codecademy for additional practice outside of these classes and it’s becoming a new hobby. As soon as I finish with this post, I’m back to it. The next class is tomorrow and I can’t wait. CodeFirstGirls is a powerful network and the coding courses, a great programme.
Let’s close this tech gap.