Urban Kiz

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Urban Kiz (also known as Kizomba 2.0) is a couple-dance derivaded from Kizomba. The origin is the result of exportation of kizomba abroad, as well the Angolan commuty in diaspora introduction of the Kizomba into different countries mainly Portugal, France, UK, the Netherlands and Spain between 1980 - 2003. It was first popularized in Social media sites such as YouTube and Vimeo. However, the name Urban kiz was created in France somewhere between 2012 and 2014 (Famous Dancer Moun Red claims to be dancing since 2008, (not known if he referred to Urban Kiz). Around 2012 the dance still went under various names, such as Kizomba 2.0, French Style Kizomba, New Style Kizomba, because no consensus was reached on a final name. The dance style evolved influenced by Ghettozouk and remixes with R&B, Rap, Dance and Hip Hop.[1] The new created dance was still sold as Kizomba although it changed from Kizomba completely. After fights in 2015 the new name Urban Kiz was created and publicly announced. [2]

So the Urban stands for the RnB related music (Ghetto-Zouk) it was danced to and the Kiz is only there to show that it was influenced by Kizomba. Urban Kiz is not the short form for Urban Kizomba, but unfortunately many misuse the Kiz to still sell it as Kizomba. As the music changed, the dancers made new interpretations on how to move to this music. The main difference with Kizomba is that the dancers generally keep more distance between them and often don't have the chest-to-chest connection as is common with Kizomba. The legs are straight and the energy is different with much more body tension in Urban Kiz. The figures made often also require movement along straight lines or changing direction only at perpendicular angles or reversing direction. Pivots and pirouettes of the lady are also more common in Urban Kiz than in Kizomba, although they did appear in Kizomba and especially in Semba (Kizomba was derived mainly from Semba influences), but not as much, since the chest-to-chest frame did not allow for it as much. The Urban Music is also slower but the dance has still many dynamic changes of pace, with slow transitions, accelerations and breaks. Contratempos are also often performed and preferably in syncronization with the Urban Kiz and Ghetto-Zouk-beat. The Urban Kiz is also characterized by dancing on a line and feint movements of the legs of men and the hip movements or popping of ladies, especially to tarraxinha music.[3] Kizomba is completely different because the Kizomba music which is faster than Getto-Zouk and asks for continuous movement with less breaks, circular and you dance more grounded with soft knees. But Kizomba is also danced to Ghetto-Zouk but different as it is done by Urban Kiz dancers.


Many pioneers of this new style believe that there are more similarities than differences between Urban kiz and Kizomba. Urban Kiz receives criticism from the original Kizomba dancers, that say that if Urban Kiz differs so much from Kizomba it should not be called Kizomba so that the original dance style from Angola is preserved. The name is still disputed due to the misuse of the Kiz in Urban Kiz. Many believe that Angola and Kizomba should be credited along as the dance style spreads around the world. Lots of elements of "tarraxinha" are also visible in the new style. Some critics compared it to making a croissant with a lot of chili, give another name and hide it’s origin while marketing it. This is causing a lot of misunderstanding and confusion. It's being said that it is also disrespectful towards the Angolan Kizomba community because Kizomba is an Angolan Cultural heritage, although has been widespreaded by all the countries in the PALOP.


As of 2017 Urban Kiz is danced in many countries. Urban Kiz and Kizomba is danced also in Scandinavia, in almost all European countries, Russia, USA and Canada. The dance style is spreading fast all over the world.


  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRirkDBBeUQ
  2. ^ Enah Lebon (2015-07-26), KIZOMBA introduce URBAN KIZ, retrieved 2018-10-31
  3. ^ B.M MUSICTV (2015-05-21), URBAN KIZ ?? Interview with Eddy Vents & Moun, retrieved 2018-10-31