Founded in 2014, Kizomba RDU is working to promote Kizomba and other African dances throughout the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area. It is our mission to represent, teach and facilitate the proper learning of Kizomba and other African dances. Through weekly classes, social events and workshops with visiting instructors, Kizomba RDU will help nurture the growth of the dance and music in the area.
With origins from Angola (Africa), Kizomba is focused on the connection between you, your partner and the music. Our goal is to have fun while learning Kizomba and develop dancers who possess a depth of understanding in the diversity of styles and musicality, and can relate beautifully through movement and feeling.
It is our hope to continue the legacy of this beautiful cultural dance, to teach its history, to cultivate its growth.
Kimberly Nicole, Founder & Director
Kimberly Nicole is an internationally-known Kizomba dancer and Instructor. As the founder of Kizomba RDU Dance Company, she has been instrumental in growth of the Kizomba scene across the Carolinas. She was first introduced to Kizomba in 2012 while attending a festival in Toronto. Since then she has traveled extensively to learn and train from some of the best Kizomba instructors from around the world, most recently training with Vanessa Ginga Pura, Mestre Petchu, Lucia Nogueira and Eddy Vents. She has certificates in Kizomba and Semba dancing, and has over 120 hours in instructor training. Her depth of knowledge about Kizomba is equal to her talents as a dancer and instructor.
Kimberly Nicole is known for sharing her knowledge and passion of sensual body movements in a fun and enjoyable way. She has taught Kizomba, Tarraxinha and Ginga/Body Movement workshops in some of the best Kizomba and Latin Dance festivals across the Southeast including Atlanta Dream Kizomba Festival, Charlotte Salsa Invitational, Columbia Salsa Summit, Queen City Kizomba Festival, Sawa Sawa Kizomba Festival, and co-choreographed the Ladies Styling Video for Tabanka Dance Fest 2017.
Kimberly Nicole has had a passion for dance since childhood. She began dancing at the age of three and continued her studies throughout high school and college. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Kimberly Nicole focused her earlier training on jazz, tap, and ballet, later expanding to hip-hop and modern. For several years, she performed and competed both locally and regionally as a member of one of Western New York’s premiere dance studios, as well as choreographed routines for herself and others competing in local pageants throughout Western New York. She later went on to minor in Dance Studies in college.
As a young adult, Kimberly Nicole has broadened her dance repertoire outside of formal studio training and has fallen in love with Afro & Latin social dancing - salsa (on1 and on2), bachata, cha cha, and now Kizomba, Tarraxinha and Semba.
" I love how Kizomba emphasizes and explores the connection between yourself, your partner, and the music. You can get lost in the beauty of the song and dance."