Kizomba Magic was created by Michael Bondo, "Magic Mike", in 2014. Magic Mike is one of the pioneers of Kizomba in Arizona, and has worked hard to grow the Kizomba community and expose this beautiful dance style to the Valley of the Sun.
Magic Mike decided it was time to take Kizomba to the next level by providing an opportunity for intermediate students to learn, grow, practice and perform! Magic Mike and his partner Jenny (who he trained) held their first audition for Kizomba Magic. Although they had a great turn out, they realized the Kizomba community was not yet strong enough in technique or connection to represent the quality Magic Mike strives to achieve. After six months of working with students, Magic Mike and Jenny held a second audition and the Kizomba Magic team was formed. Kizomba Magic will be debuting new choreography at NeoKiz 2017!
Kizomba Magic - IF you can FEEL, you can CONNECT.
Michael Bondo, “Magic Mike”, was born in Zimbabwe, and raised in Kenya Nairobi. He began dancing at the young age of five when he fell in love with the art of dance. Early in his life, Magic Mike danced locally, engaging in dances related to the native Kenyan culture. After completing high school, Magic Mike began competing in local street freestyle competitions, which jump-started his career in dance. He used dance as a way to earn money to help support his family following the loss of his father at an early age. As he grew, Magic Mike began to explore other forms of dance and became interested in many forms of dance including social dances such as Salsa, Bachata, Semba and Kizomba. Magic Mike is mostly self-taught, but was instructed by a friend from Cuba in both Salsa and Bachata. His love of dance and personal creativity inspired him to seek out and learn other dances such as Argentine Tango, which he initially learned from watching DVDs. Magic Mike had the opportunity to attend the Escuela de Tango in Argentina, where he learned the proper form and technique for Argentine Tango.
Magic Mike has taught and performed at the American Embassy (Kenya Nairobi), Spanish Speaking Association Gala (Kenya Nairobi), Karen Country Club (Kenya Nairobi), United Nations Recreation Center (Kenya Nairobi), International School of Kenya (Kenya, Nairobi), Papusa Festival (Phoenix, Az), Dance for Dental (Phoenix, Az), Phoenix Suns (Phoenix, Az), Festival of the Arts (Phoenix, Az), Tempe Marketplace (Phoenix, Az), and Village Healthclub and Spa . He was recognized as a Kizomba Ambassador for Got Kizomba Festival (San Francisco, CA).
Magic Mike currently dances Kizomba, Urban Kizomba, Semba, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Bachata, Merengue, Reggeaton, Flamenco, and Samba. He is the founder and member of the Kizomba Magic dance company. Magic Mike strives to share his love and talent for dance through teaching and performing, as well as to continue his personal growth in dance by learning new dance forms. In his free time, Magic Mike enjoys restoring vintage cars, traveling, watching movies, socializing, and fitness training and competition.