This is for dancers who know some of the basics of blues dance but fancy getting to grips with a few more challenging steps and really honing those essential skills. Think of it as a whole day worth of Level 1.5 material to really help cement those fundamental movements and boost your confidence.
Over the three hours, we’ll cover the following topics:
With its roots in African movement, blues dancing comes with a certain aesthetic. We will take a deep dive with you into some of the main characteristics of this such as grounding, asymmetry, angularity, polyrhythms and that lazy, cool look that makes blues dancing so awesome. We will use solo movements to cover these and explore how they can be incorporated in your partner dancing.
Close embrace is an integral part of the majority of blues idiom dances and an important tool that every blues dancer should have. It’s also basically hugging to music and feels great! We will introduce you to this way of connecting with a partner, how to make it feel nice and gooey, and discover how it allows you to move together across the dance floor as one beautiful blues entity.
As for many other African American music styles, rhythm is an integral part of blues music. It’s the pulse that keeps the music alive and also makes it so great to dance to. In this final class we will bring it back to the music and go through some of the main rhythms prevalent in blues music. We will show you a few ways of incorporating these into your dancing, so that you are ready to tackle any style of blues music when you’re out in the wild (on the social dance floor).
Lead or Follow?
This is a partnered dance so you will need to sign up as either a lead or a follow. We don’t mind which role you do! The day is a great way to meet some fun people as we rotate you around during the sessions. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about these roles.