September 14 - 18, 2017

The Los Angeles Bachata Kizomba & Salsa Festival (LABKSFEST) is an exciting weekend full of workshops, dance showcases, and we mu-sent forget about social dancing till dawn. An event that was made for dancers of all ages. My vision when creating LABKSFEST was to feature the top choreographers and instructors in the Latin dance industry that I personally have always looked up too. I wanted to plan a festival that brought out the best in each individual that attended my event. Bringing everyone together through this wonderful art form called dance! My goal is to educate and teach dancers in an inspiring and healthy environment. Thank you for choosing The Los Angeles Bachata Kizomba and Salsa event as one of the events you planned to attend this year.

Thank you for the continuous support,

Kenny Miranda
Founder of The Los Angeles Bachata Kizomba & Salsa Festival

 

What is BKS?

Bachata - is a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural marginal neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic. Its subjects are usually romantic; especially prevalent are tales of heartbreak and sadness. In fact, the original term used to name the genre used to be "amargue" ("bitterness," or "bitter music"), until the rather ambiguous (and mood-neutral) term bachata became popular. Bachata grew out of - and is still closely related to - the pan Latin-American romantic style called bolero. Over time, it has been influenced by merengue - a fast paced danceable music also native to the Dominican Republic - and by a variety of Latin American guitar styles.

 

Kizomba - Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music originating from Angola.  It is a derivative of semba, with a mix of Kilapanda and Angolan Merengue,  and sung generally in Portuguese. It is music with a romantic flow. It was the Kimbundu name for a dance in Angola as early as 1894. The kizomba dancing style is also known to be very sensual. The influence of Angolan kizomba is felt in most Portuguese-speaking African countries, but also Portugal (especially in Lisbon and surrounding suburbs such as Amadora or Almada), where communities of immigrants have established clubs centered on the genre in a renewed kizomba style. Kizomba is now also quite popular among white people that come to these clubs in growing numbers. The São Tomeankizomba music is very similar to the Angolan, Juka is the most notable among the Sãotomeans, but it is also one of the most notable performers in the genre.

 

In Angola most clubs are based in Luanda. Famous Angolan kizomba musicians include Neide Van-Dúnem, Don Kikas, Calo Pascoal and Irmãos Verdades, among many others, but Bonga is probably the best known Angolan artist, having helped popularize the style both in Angola and Portugal during the 1970s and 1980s.

 

Salsa - A popular form of Latin-American dance music, characterized by Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Cuban big-band dance melodies, and elements of jazz and rock. It represents the ongoing evolution and assimilation of a variety of styles which have traveled from Cuba and Puerto Rico to New York, Miami, and elsewhere. The big bands which blazed forth in city dance halls and on New York's famous Fania label in the mid-1960s used rhythm sections and a compositional structure based in the son music style. But they ultimately added fiery horn sections and jazz harmonies, landing squarely in the samba tradition. South and Central America developed their own appetites for Salsa, contributing to its growth through the trailblazing work of artists like Panama's Ruben Blades and Cuba's Celia Cruz.

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sheraton Park Hotel at The Anaheim Resort 1855 S Harbor Blvd Anaheim CA 90802

Telephone: +1 (714) 443 - 5647

Kenny Miranda +1 (323) 443 - 5746

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September 14 - 18, 2017 What is BKS?
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