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  • Steel City Kizomba offers weekly classes in Kizomba/Semba,
    African Body Movements and Afro House.
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Steel City Kizomba - Mike & Melissa

Mike and Melissa started their partnership in 2015 through their common interest in music and african dance. This pair strives to sharpen their skills by continuing their search for knowledge so that they can bring the very best and most authentic dance experience to their students. Melissa’s outgoing personality off-sets Mike’s calm and laid back demeanor and they bring excitement to any dance scene. They have trained nationally and internationally in Kizomba and Semba, plus other African dances such as Soukous, Chakacha, Afrohouse, and Kuduro. They’ve also completed the Semba instructor course by the Fantastic 4 (Paulo, Lanna, Miguel, Susana) in Lisbon, Portugal, as well as the Kizomba and Semba Teacher training course with Mestre Petchu.

Mike’s performances have included latin as well as various African dance styles. Mike is known in the dance community for his smooth dance style and love of music. That very love for music has led Mike to become a growing DJ in the community.

Melissa has an extensive background in hip hop, contemporary, ballet, tap, and jazz and is an experienced semi-professional dancer and choreographer known for her positive energy and enthusiasm. She is also a certified personal trainer and Holistic Lifestyle coach with a degree in Kinesiology and training through the CHEK Institute. Together they create a strong duo with a passion for music and dance, and are a force to be reckoned with.

Class Information

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Kizomba at Level Up Studios

New 6 Week Session Starts Soon!

Join us on Tuesday evenings at Level Up Studios for our 6 week Kizomba class sessions!

This class is part of our revamped schedule for 2018. Each class is one hour with a half hour practice. A focus will be on expanding your dance, so a good foundation and solid grasp of the basics is required. We will build on what you already know and work on technique, musicality, and body movement, and help you take your dancing to new heights!


  • Class 8:30pm  |  Practice 9:30-10pm

  • $10 drop-in individual
  • Bring a friend and get 2 for $15
  • Full 6 week course package: $50


Each class is 60 mintues, with a 30 minute practice. Bring a friend along for class and get a discount on your drop-in of 2 for $15.

6 Week Kizomba Course


  • Drop-in $10

Kizomba at Esencia Latina

Join us on Thursday evenings at Esencia Latina for our 4 week/monthly Kizomba class sessions!

New sessions begin the first Thursday of each month!

Kizomba (All Levels) starts @ 8:00pm

Each session, this weekly class is designed for newcomers and those that may have some exposure to kizomba. This class will introduce you to kizomba and help you establish good foundation and lead/follow technique. We will work on technique, musicality, body movement, as well as learning different aspects of the kizomba social experience. This class will also expand your horizon in african dance and its culture.


  • Class 8:00pm  |  Practice 9:00-9:30pm

  • $15 drop-in individual
  • Full 4 week course package: $50


4 Week Pass
All Level


  • Drop-in $15


Fall Weekender

Fall Weekender 2018

October 12 – 14, 2018

Save the dates and mark your calendars!

October 12 – 14, 2018 the Steel City Kizomba Fall Weekender is back!

We have an exciting weekend planned – including two rooms for dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, a workshop just for ladies, as well as a music focused workshop (we’ve also got a very special surprise in store).

More Information to Come!

All of the workshops and parties will all be held at:

Absolute Ballroom Dance Center of Pittsburgh
6617 Hamilton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206


  • Friday
  • Welcome dinner, Workshop and Pre-party

  • Saturday
  • Workshops and party

  • Sunday
  • Workshops and party

Get Your Pass!

  • Full Pass - $85
  • Buddy Pass (2 full passes) - $150
  • Group Pass (4 full passes) - $280
Danca Sundays

Dança Sundays

Dança Sundays returns February 25th!

Every 4th Sunday of the Month!

This monthly social will give you a chance to dance with a different vibe and sound featuring: kizomba, semba, zouk, kompa and some salsa and bachata.

There will be a lesson at 7pm to help you sharpen your skills.

Lesson: 7-8pm | Social: 8-10:30pm | Admission: $10 | BYOB


  • Absolute Ballroom
  • 6617 Hamilton Ave
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Bring a friend. Bring yourself. Come out and dance!

Social Saturday - Kizomba Night

Social Saturday

February 3  |  9pm-2am  |  $5 cover

Saturday, January 6, 2018, come party with us at Esencia Latina in Carnegie!

Come hang out, dance and socialize with a night of Kizomba, Semba, Zouk, Bachata and anything else the night brings! If you've been taking classes, here's a great chance to practice!

For all of the newcomers, we'll have a beginners kizomba lesson at 9pm.

Ladies, if you bring a partner, you're in free!

  • 9pm-2am
  • BYOB
  • Music by DJ D'Aço
  • $5 Cover


  • Esencia Latina
  • 21 E Main Street
  • Carnegie, PA 15106

Afro Body Movement Workshop

February 3  |  4pm-6pm  

Join us for this amazing workshop on Afro Body Movement!

Have you been wanting to take your dance skills to the next level? Or just to try something new and challenging? This is your chance! Come discover the spirit of tribal dances such as Chackacha (Kenya) and Mutuashi (Congo) in one place!

Email steelcitykizomba@gmail.com to pre-register to the workshop and save your spot!

  • 10pm-3am
  • BYOB
  • Music by DJ D'Aço
  • $5 Cover


  • Adults: $25.00
  • Students with ID: $20.00
  • Kids under 16yo: $10.00


  • Esencia Latina
  • 21 E Main Street
  • Carnegie, PA 15106


A small sample of photos and videos from Steel City Kizomba classes, workshops, parties, and events.


Basket & Blindfold Challenge

Mike & Melissa at the St. Louis Arch

Mike & Melissa

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About Steel City Kizomba

Steel City Kizomba is a dance company based in Pittsburgh, PA focused on providing dance education, promoting and building a strong and dynamic scene for Kizomba as well as other African dances and their cultures, in and around Pittsburgh.