11:00am - 1:10pm
Beginner Intensive, Mike and Dan
Navigating the Narratives - Blues means many things, from fishtails to turns down the line, from piedmont guitar to Chicago harmonica, from solo dancing to close embrace. We're going to prepare you to learn from people who each approach blues from a unique perspective, by presenting you with the underlying principles (and connection tools) that join them together under the name "blues."
Intermediate Intensive, Brenda and Chris
Shuffle, Boogie, Shake, and Boogaloo - Play with various rhythms and movements from popular Blues dances of the past to inform your ability to dance to any music you choose.
Advanced and Masters Intensive, Jenny and Dan
Pulse Renovator 2.0 - The most advanced dancers out there are the ones that know how to rock the fundamentals. We’re going to strip your blues down and challenge what you know about the different shapes, accents, and timing of your pulse. After we get a feel for each pulse, we’ll experiment with they fit uniquely into your dance. Come ready to stretch your brain out a little. *Note from Dan and Jenny: At Winter Blues, the people seemed love to this class and be craving more so we thought than an intensive would be a perfect format for this class. They will be different in approach and this will be much more complete in content.*
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Open Solo Elective, Brenda
Get Your Groove On with Brenda - Movements, isolations, rhythms, footwork, and more, building blocks to create our dance. Explore the options and begin to shine.
Open Elective, Jenny and Dan
One Move - Back to the good ol’ days, when Blues was danced as variations on a move instead of a fusion of many. We’ll explore how to create a fulfilling dance without the need for an extensive vocabulary. Find what can be changed, tweaked, or added, while really only doing “one” move.
Teacher Training Elective, Mike and Dan
The Student Experience - A great teacher must do many things, but perhaps none is more important than managing the student experience. We'll go in depth on topics like manipulation as a good thing, perception, and how to get out of your own way so that your students will learn as much as possible. *This class will be targeted to those who are already teaching some, but all are welcome.
4:10pm - 5:10pm
Advanced and Masters Class, Brenda and Chris
Dynamic Dancing - Creating dynamics in every dance situation.
Beginner and Intermediate Class, Mike and Dan
Ballroomin Through Time and Space - Prepare to dance your way through history. We're going to blend history and technique to teach you some of our favorite ballroomin moves, as well as giving you some historical context.
Crafting Class, Sharon
Make and Take - Make your own hairpiece (or other accessory) and take it with you! Sharon is a professional artist, making custom designs for dancers all over the world, and she'll guide you through the process of creating your own item! Please note that there is a materials fee for this class which will be posted before the event.
11:30am - 12:30pm
Masters Solo Class, Forrest
Snake Hips - Forrest will teach one of his signature styles. The Eccentric dance style called the Snake Hips dance was made popular by Earl 'Snakehips' Tucker. Tucker was often times called the "Human Boa Constrictor" and the "Gelatinous Dancer." Basically the dance was just a contortion, twisting, shaking type of dance done around the stomach, hips and backside areas that Tucker took to extremes and based his whole act upon it. Watch Forrest's copy of Tucker's routine on his Instructor Page
Beginner and Intermediate Class, Devona and Joshua
Blues Shuffle - This is the very thing that had all the proper upstanding people railing about this music. The rhythm- it will lead you to ruin, it’s dirty and hot, and will make your daughters run off with the wrong men. The combination of one slightly too-long note followed by a slightly too-short note causes a tension in the rhythm that makes dancing irresistible. The push and pull of the rhythm is echoed in the dancer’s connection; the leader moves- the follow a bit after. It’s hypnotic. It is the shuffle.
Advanced Class, Mike and Dan
Advanced- Finding your Voice - To become a great blues dancer, it is not enough to merely be musically competent, historically relevent, and athletically skilled. You must also develop your artistic voice, and bring something unique to the art form. This class is to help you see yourself through the eyes of those around you, and to push yourself into new creative directions, without sacrificing your authenticity. Prepare to be intellectually challenged.
12:40pm - 1:40pm
Open Elective, Brenda
Mind/Body Training for Dancers - Open up your movement through body awareness training. Learn how to learn movement. We will explore topics such as where is your axis? How does knowing where it is help your balance and weight transfer? Learn how swinging our pelvic bones in various ways creates specific dances.
Open Elective, Julie and Shawn
Close Embrace Styling - Come get all close and comfy! In this class, we’ll work on making your close embrace feel great, and some new moves for dancing in close embrace.
Open Lecture, Chris
History - We've asked Chris to share some of his extensive blues research with you. Want to know what he'll talk about? Then you'd better show up!
3:30pm - 5:40pm
Intermediate and Advanced Elective, Jenny and Dan
End Points - An ‘end point’ is when the body changes direction, and it’s a subtle piece that shows up everywhere in our dancing. We’ll master the use of end points to give your basics a greater depth, change the flavor of your moves, and help increase control of rhythmic changes in your dancing. It’ll blow your mind a little, and tighten your dancing a lot!
Beginner Elective, Brenda and Chris
Blues Grooves - How to move, and create various dances from those base movements to fit a variety of musical styles.
Masters Intensive, Mike and Dan
Goals - You, masters students, have the eyes of our community on you. And when we (as your instructors and your peers) see you dance, we see the beauty and skill that you share. ...we also see the things we wish you'd do better. So we're going to take two hours to go over a hodgepodge of topics that we think are not your strong points (likely to include complex jazz rhythms, transitions, and poise) so that the next time we see you, you can blow us away.