House dance dates back to the late 80’s where it was discovered by Africans who found themselves in the diaspora. These Africans are said to have stumbled upon this type of dance in the clubs of Chicago and of New York and some used it as an opportunity while entertaining the public to make a living from it.
Incorporating an array of dance styles such as different footwork, jacking, and lofting techniques, house dance has become a favorite in the western world and is a dance this thirty eight year old Congolese born, Paris based singer Kwezi Kimosi believes the African continent should tap into.
Kimosi is currently in Namibia on holiday and has been here for a stint of three months because she wanted to better learn Namibia’s cultural history which she deems important.Having learned a lot Kimosi wanted to leave a little of what she could in Namibia before she is set to take off to other African countries and thought that there was no better way than to help teach Namibians a series of house dance moves that she has learned throughout her life by hosting a dance workshop that is set to take place this Saturday at the FNCC.
The Lounge met up with Kimosi who gave a little insight on her dancing career and what Namibians can look forward to during the dance workshop.
“I only have about three weeks left in Namibia and I ideally wanted to teach Namibians house dance because I discovered that house music in general was more popular than the dance itself. There is more to house dance than what people normally see because it can be mixed with jazz, Capoeira, ballet, Latin and African traditional dance and this is something Namibian’s can look forward to learning during the workshop”.
Growing up as a young girl I always had the passion to show the African content what I know about dance but did not know how to go about it as to convincing my African parents that dance was a career I wanted to pursue but did not seem as a career that would seem appropriate. This however did not stop her and she chose to pursue dance as profession and having been inspired by dancers Brian Green, Tony McGregor, Nicolas brothers among many others who were successful she always knew that she could make a life from dance.
“I was born dancing and for as long as I can remember I always loved dancing. By the time I turned twenty three I took my dancing more seriously and started taking dance classes. I then started to look for funding because I knew that I could teach many people what I had learned. As I got better at it I started entering competitions where I won some and other I didn’t. Winning created a platform for me which allowed me to travel the world to countries such as London, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland and many others to teach people that have never seen house dance before a little about it”.
Kimosi who now finds herself in Namibia noted that her purpose here is to have house dance grow in Africa and she opted to start with Namibia.
“I came here with the goal of wanting to start a work shop, I met Nikita Winkler who has a dance school in Namibia and we held a dance workshop together. With the great response I had gotten after the workshop I then had several discussions with FNCC who accorded me the opportunity to host another dance workshop”.
With many Namibians who are open to learning Kimosi that there is a market for such classes and would like to see more Namibians taking it up. She highlights that although Namibia has such a small population this is one of the many ways people can establish great networks with one another to better promote the country through this form of art.
“House dance was created by our African brothers and sisters and it is only right that we continue to carry what they started then”.Kimosi who is always open to sharing the little knowledge that she has picked up over the years, deeply shared how the topic of allowing Africans to be creatives in their own way without being limited was very important.
“People deserve to be happy and should be given the opportunity to make a living from what they love. I make a living from dancing, I had a well-paying office job but I left it because I always knew that, that was not where I belonged. I am now much happier with where I have found myself and have been able to travel and meet people through my dance, something I would have never been able to do through a normal eight to five job”.
She further concluded that she enjoys seeing Africans take back their identity through dance, through art and many other creative career journeys. “I see Africans growing big within this area, I want Africans to celebrate themselves whilst bettering their creative techniques.