I am Charles Ogar and I'm fully addicted and in love with dance!! I am a full-time, professional Kizomba instructor, choreographer, and dancepreneur (an entrepreneur in the dance world). I travel all over the world spreading Neo Kizomba. I always strive to teach and dance with my heart and let my light shine through my dance to inspire others to do the same.
My specialty is kizomba, though I have been dancing salsa and bachata for about 10 years as of May 2015.
I got my first taste of dance at the age of 8 in elementary through a program called "Believe In Me". In elementary and middle school I also played the flute, piano, and alto saxophone which gave me a keen sense of rhythm and musicality. I first learned the basic steps for salsa in my first of year of college. I soon found myself taking weekly classes and going out social dancing religiously. I quickly gained a strong foot in the basics and began adding my own energetic, style and flavor. From here, I expanded my dancing to bachata, punta, samba, cha cha, salsa on2, a bit of cuban salsa, and now Kizomba. I truly love how Kizomba uniquely embodies connection between the ground, your partner, and the music.
Neo Kizomba, in a nutshell, represents 3 things:
1) Charles Ogar's unique, structured, progressive method towards teaching kizomba.
2) An umbrella term for new genres of kizomba music being fused with hip hop, R&B, classical, Arabian, Asian, rock, pop, dubstep, and other styles of music. This includes but it is not limited to ghetto zouk. Basically, non-traditional kizomba music.
3) A way of categorizing the newer dance styles emerging as a result of the more modern music being produced. Basically non-traditional kizomba dance styles. This includes but is not limited to urban kiz.
For an in depth look into Neo Kizomba, check out the Neo Kizomba Manifesto!