– The dancin’ starts here. Learn what makes Blues Dancing the art of the people.
– Learn to feel the rhythm or “pulse” inherent in Blues music and to use your body to emphasize
this rhythm by adding variations to your basic steps.
Blues Style: Ballroomin’
– Learn one of the original partnered Blues dances created by Lindy hoppers at the Savoy Ballroom in
Harlem, which was their groovier, bluesier impression of ballroom dance characterized by large relaxed
and flashy movements, in typical Savoy fashion.
Blues to the Extreme: Flash
– Not all blues dances are in closed or in one spot! You’ll learn how to apply this idea of maximum movement
to your dancing by making movements more noticeable with large, sweeping motions, traveling and some
Blues Style: Jookin’
– Blues dancing at its heart is about authenticity and passion. In this class, we’ll learn the closed position
dances done in jook joints and rent parties. We’ll cover all the fundamental skills and rhythms needed to
dance with skill, but more importantly you’ll learn how to feel the music and express it through these dances.
It’s all about the attitude.
Blues to the Extreme: Fast
– Blues is not just for slow songs! You’ll also learn how to use the Blues movements and Blues aesthetic
so that you can Blues dance to faster songs (up to 200 bpm!).
Blues to the Extreme: Subtleties
– This class teaches you to hear the differences within a song and between different songs that should influence
the way you dance. You’ll learn how to apply this idea of minimum movement to your dancing by making
movements more subtle, yet clear and purposeful.
Blues Challenge: Riffin’ and Cuttin’
– African-American dances are characterized by many things but two of the most important are improvisation
and attitude. These come to play in Blues through riffin’, the ability to improvise not just on the music but
on the steps and movement of your partner, and cuttin’ the art of challenge dancing and one ups-manship.
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