A Mini Survival Guide to Navigating Kizomba Festivals and Events

Kizomba festivals and events are vibrant celebrations of music, dance, and culture, drawing enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. Whether you're a seasoned dancer or a newcomer to the scene, attending these gatherings can be an exhilarating experience. However, with the excitement also comes the need for preparation and a few survival strategies to ensure you make the most of your time.

Here's your ultimate mini survival guide to navigating your way around Kizomba festivals and events to maximise your experience.

1. Do Your Homework: 

Before heading to a Kizomba festival, research the event thoroughly. Check the schedule for workshops, socials, and performances. Familiarise yourself with the artists and DJs who will be performing. This will help you plan your days and prioritise activities that interest you the most.

2. Dress Comfortably: 

Kizomba festivals involve hours of dancing, especially if you are attending the afternoon workshops and socials, as well as the night parties. So it's essential to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Ladies, I would strongly recommend having some flats to hand! Definitely a must for those tired feet at the end of the night or during the afternoon socials and workshops.

Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics that allow you to move freely. Ladies, consider packing a pair of dance shoes with suede or leather soles for smooth gliding on the dance floor.

3. Stay Hydrated and Energised: 

Dancing for hours can be physically demanding, so remember to stay hydrated and nourished. Carry a water bottle with you and snack on light, energy-boosting foods throughout the day. Bananas, nuts, and protein bars are excellent options to keep your energy levels up.

4. Respect the Dance Floor: 

Kizomba is a partner dance that requires close connection and mutual respect between dancers. Be mindful of your space on the dance floor and always dance with consideration for others. Avoid performing flashy moves that could endanger you or your dance partner.

5. Attend Workshops: 

Take advantage of the workshops offered at festivals to improve your dance skills and learn new techniques. Even if you're an experienced dancer, there's always something new to learn. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try different styles and levels.


6. Embrace the Community: 

One of the most rewarding aspects of attending Kizomba festivals is the sense of community and camaraderie among dancers. Take the time to meet new people, exchange dance tips, and share your love for Kizomba.

Don't be shy about asking someone to dance – it's a great way to make connections and enhance your festival experience.

7. Rest and Pace Yourself: 

With so much excitement and activity, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a  festival. Remember to take breaks and rest when needed to avoid burnout. Pace yourself throughout the day, alternating between dancing, socialising, and relaxation to keep your energy levels balanced. 

Be prepared for long days! Try to get a nap in between the afternoon workshops / socials and the night parties. Parties don’t tend to get going until late and finish in the wee hours of the morning. We have left parties in the morning at 6am and gone straight to breakfast at our hotel and then showered and gone to bed. Ready to start it all again in a few hours for the afternoon activities. Knackered by the end of the festival, but worth it.

8. Capture the Memories: 

Bring a camera or phone to capture special moments and memories from the festival. Whether it's a breathtaking performance, a fun dance session with friends, or a candid shot of the vibrant atmosphere, these photos and videos will serve as cherished mementos of your experience. 

Try to do a little exploring of the city you are in if possible. It would be a shame to not experience a little of the culture and town of where you are visiting.

9. Stay Flexible and Open-Minded: 

Kizomba festivals are dynamic and unpredictable, with schedules sometimes changing last minute or unexpected surprises popping up. Stay flexible and open-minded, embracing whatever the festival has to offer. Some of the best memories are made when you go with the flow and let serendipity take the lead.

10. Practice Self-Care: 

Don't forget to prioritise self-care throughout the festival. Get enough sleep, eat nourishing meals, and take time for yourself to relax and recharge. Your well-being is paramount, and by taking care of yourself, you'll be able to fully enjoy the magic of  festivals.

11. Stay Fresh: 

Ladies and gents, Kizomba is a close body contact dance. Staying fresh is a must. No-one wants to be in close contact with anyone not on the fresh smelling side, if you get what I mean.

Don’t forget to pack some deodorant and breath mints or gum.

Ladies, bring a fan with you to keep you cool in between dances. Gents, take a hanky or a change of shirt. All essential items!

12. Post Festival Rest & Recuperation: 

Attending festivals and doing all or even some of the activities for those few days will mash you up. Be prepared to party on very little sleep. We would advise that you take some time afterwards to rest. If your circumstances allow it, maybe consider staying a day or 2 after the festival to have some down time and enjoy the city.


In conclusion, navigating Kizomba festivals and events can be an unforgettable adventure filled with music, dance, and new connections. By following these survival tips and advice, you'll be well-prepared to make the most of your experience and create lasting memories on the dance floor. So pack your dancing shoes, embrace the rhythm, and get ready for an incredible journey into the world of Kizomba!