Any true passion can only be considered true when it absorbs the totality of our physical and mental existence.
Helio Santos is a Dancer, teacher and Choreographer. One of the pioneers of Kizomba who was Born in Cabo Verde, and Live in Lisbon. He was part of the first generation of Kizomba teachers, who were responsible for bringing Kizomba out of Africa, and introducing it to the world. In his early childhood Helio danced the tradicional dances from Cabo Verde, namely Coladeira, Morna, Mazurka, Funaná, Kola San Jon, and Batuque. Kizomba, or “Passada” in Cabo Verde, was something he always had by his side. In Cabo Verde it is not taught because it is part of the culture and daily life of the country. As a consequence, Hélio Developed his personal style in Kizomba. His teaching methodology was personally developed as the result of his life path, And his experiences travelling Around the world teaching Kizomba. Helio concluded his studies at P.A.R.T.S. (The Performing Arts Research and training Studio), And got a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian. He is the founder of the project KizombaXtreme, And also created a Kizomba DVD in 2015 Known as, The 7 Pillars of KizombaXtreme.
He went on to publish one of the first articles about Kizomba dance in collaboration with Guilherme, entitled: ELEMENTS OF CABO VERDE DANCES IN KIZOMBA.
As a choreographer, he created "Entrevistas" in 2004, "Agora" in partnership with Debora Rey in 2008, "Living Through", in 2008, "Cântico dos cânticos" in April 2012 and "Canoa" in July 2012 He was also the main actor of the movies "Fertilize", "Life as it Begins" - Belgium, 2007 and "The Black Bird Flying" - Belgium, 2008.
An Article on Kizomba
ELEMENTS OF CAPE VERDEAN DANCES IN KIZOMBA
The dance Kizomba has gained wide international acceptance in recent years.
The consensus within the social dances’ community has been that it is a dance of Angolan origin. A claim with much less visibility, however, states that it is in fact a dance of Cape Verdean origin, or a dance of mixed origins. This paper compares elements of Cape Verdean traditional dances with elements of kizomba. The authors — a Cape Verdean dancer/choreographer and a Mozambican-born academic — are both based in Portugal.
The research took place throughout 2013 and 2014 and took advantage of the authors’ connection to Portugal's African dance community. The research is 'synthesized' in a number of short video recordings linked to the article. The discussion is contextualized within the wider frame of Portugal’s cultural production, specifically with regards to the importance of that country for the dissemination of African culture in the diaspora.
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Kizomba is life, kizomba is a way of living.
If you understand the meaning of sharing, you will also understand kizomba.
The 3 SIBITCHI OF CAPE VERDEAN DANCE seek to lead the participants to express personal anxieties through dancing and singing.
Connection is and has always been an important aspect of any dance.
Be it kizomba (where it forms a major part of the dance), Salsa, Bachata or Tango.
Through Helio's "Connection" session, which is based on the concept of "Sibitchi Dance", a concept he developed a few years ago, Helio takes the dancer through a journey of self-awareness, a realisation and an acknowledgment of the presence of the other.
"Sibitchi" which in Cape Verde (Helio's home country) stands for a set of pebbles which represent a symbol of transformation of human suffering into creative energy. It finds its origins in the rituals and dances of the slaves in Cape Verde during colonisation dances that later formed a major part of Cape Verde's culture.
Dancers that have experienced Helio's connection session have described it as an emotional, intense and deeply personal experience which seeks to lead the participants to express personal anxieties through dancing and singing.
An experience which leads you to be better in life and in dance.
KizombaXtreme it's not about where you were born or the color of your skin, but the spirit you have within.
I have create KizombaXtreme, because I do believe that everything that matters in life is only worth living if we push it to the limits. Any true passion can only be considered true when it absorbs the totality of our physical and mental existence.
Here all the Kizomba lovers come together. Here we can share and live our passion for Kizomba. Here you can find all the new trends in Kizomba, in Portugal and abroad. Here you will find what has been taught before and will continue to be taught by many. Here I can share with you all my experience and expertise. Here I can show all the relevant cases about this amazing dance. Here, we will breathe Kizomba. And for those who claim that Kizomba belongs only to Africans, here will learn that it belongs to everybody, because I do know some African without a single drop of passion about it and Italians with the greatest devotion for it.
The 7 Pillars of KizombaXtreme
These are the first DVDs of KizombaXtreme Series by Helio Santos. These Kizomba DVDs are designed as a tool to help you, in 7 different aspects, how to learn Kizomba, giving you a solid foundation and understanding. Helio Santos brings to the comfort of your home and time, an easy technique to master this now very popular sensual dance.