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Soukous and Semba dance classes at Takoma Park

You might have heard the lively guitar-ridden music that comes out of Angola. Or perhaps you just love to workout to lively music with a great syncopated African beat.

Kevin Kizomba and Kianda T
Brayo Judah

If that is the case, you will love the dance classes that are now offered at Roda Movements Dance Studio in Takoma Park. Soukous (Soo-Koos) and Semba (Sehm - bah) classes are the two dance styles taught, with emphasis on fun and movement.

Soukous originated from the Cuban rhumba music in the Belgian and French Congo. This dance mixes kwasa-kwasa and zouk for a unique movement of a winding of the waist and moving of the feet (this is also great exercise and a fantastic tummy-fat whittler). It is usually an individual dance and a wonderful way to workout.

Semba is more of a dance of partners. Sometimes the male leads, and sometimes the woman does. The tempo of the music is usually pretty fast-paced yet sensual.

The classes are a lively affair with the instructors, Brayo Judah, Kevin B and Kiandat keeping things interesting with their commentary. Occasionally they will have a live drummers play while you learn how to dance.

Classes are usually on Tuesdays from To get more information about the classes, email brayojudah@gmail.com or kevinkizomba@gmail.com. You can also visit the Roda Movements website or call (301) 920-0913.