“My Heart Beats Dance”

My heart does…and will always beat dance!

As I prepare to continue this journey as a blogger, I thought that discussing my latest adventure would be ideal.  I enjoy traveling and dancing so, I am very excited that my most recent adventure incorporated the two.

With that said, I just returned from yet another amazing trip to Miami, Florida as I attended the Miami Beach Kizomba Festival 2017.  I am eager to share my experience, which is very close to my heart…I say this as a Cape Verdean woman and a Kizomba Lover.

The festival has become a remarkable event, which has gained much popularity within the Kizomba circle…both in the U.S.A. and overseas.  As the preparations for and the anticipation of the festival began, most of the attendees, in particular the “usual suspects”, spent months making sure that they were ready for what was to come.  Not to sound vain, but part of the process included “hitting the gym” to get in shape to acquiring the ideal wardrobe for each event on the anticipated schedule.  All for the love of dance and all that comes with it.

As I engaged in conversations with many attendees before, during, and after the event, the themed parties seemed to be a significant aspect of the schedule.  Such emphasis sent many individuals on the hunt for the perfect dress or suit or for the most unique swimwear or jewelry piece!  It is quite amazing and I am just like everyone else.  It has become truly a “production”, to say the least, as we all prepare for the event!


As I joined the group in Miami, Florida for the fourth year in a row, I was eager to make new friends and learn new “dance moves”.  After all, most of us join the event to expand our social networks while attending dance workshops, enjoying the nightly events, and the beach.

For me, each year has provided its own unique experience and perspective.  This year was no exception.  Five days of dance workshops, live performances, which featured Nelson Freitas this year, multiple pool parties, and more!  Five days where it does not matter if one is a beginner or a “pro” on the dance floor.  We are all there for the same reasons…we laugh, we learn, and we bond with one another.  We embrace the culture and become one entity! The love and energy displayed by the many Kizomba Lovers is inspiring!


The platform provided during the festival is an opportunity to explore new connections, both personally and professionally.  The festival is truly a wonderful experience for those who engage fully and appreciate all of the aspects of it.  It goes without saying that it is an experience like no other.  The ongoing activities are bound to leave one inspired and energized! I say, kudos to the Cedgy team for pulling off such a great experience to the rest of us…year after year.

Here is a link, if you are interested in the body jewelry shown below. I used it during the second pool party at the event: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HXVB95S/?tag=divasjourneyb-20

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