Julie Brown is bringing us a class that she taught at the renowned Blues Muse workshop down in Philadelphia!Â Joining her this week is Paul Mandel. (Psst. It’s his debut as an instructor at Blues Union!)Â These two are going to show us how to make it hot in simple, subtle ways with Creating and Filling the Space:
There is an incredible amount of space in blues music. It’s slow, it’s stretchy, and full of tension and release. In this class, we’ll be working with some subtle forms of expression that you can use to really stretch the music and fill the space there. This class will give you several excellent tools to help you respond to the music and add texture, variety, and subtlety to your dancing.
DJs John Brooks and Khrysti Smyth will be reigning over the floor and turning Dance Union into a whole thing. You’re gonna like it.
As usual, it’s just $10 for great instruction plus the dance, or $5 for the dance alone.
Alright folks. Time for a hilarious change of plans.
Sadly, Jenn could not extract herself from tech week, and will not be able to make the lesson. HOWEVER, we have something extra special instead. Gui Cavalcanti and Kevin Sihlanick will be throwing down a Dissection of the Blues. Kevin will be rockin’ his harp, Gui will be rockin’ his bass, and the dynamic dueling duo will be taking you on a tour of how Blues music is built. They’ll investigate rhythm, chord progression and more, while discussing how your dancing reflects these fundamental structures (and how you can take advantage of your newfound knowledge of these structures to rock out harder on the dance floor!)
Come for the dissection and stay for the witty reparte as a couple of the Olin boys take you on a tour of the Blues.
This week’s class is going to be a little… different.
Gui and Jenn are going to throw Blues music on the operating table and show you a whole bunch of bits and pieces of the music that make you dance in different ways. Gui will be busting out his bass and explaining the fundamental 12-bar chord structure of Blues, which you dance to and hit even if you don’t know it! Their goal is to introduce you to and make you aware of what you’re dancing to in the music, so that you can listen for it and hit it more effectively in your dancing.
Amy Kucharik and Rif will be DJing!
This week, Julie and Ogden bring you Lead/Follow Technique – What You Need
This week, we’ll be working on some specific aspects of leading and following that we have seen lacking in the local dance scene. We have tailored this class according to what we’ve seen you do out on the dance floor, so we’ve made this class specifically for you. And this class is for everyone–both leads and follows–so no one gets off the hook 😉 If you’re ready to take your leading and following to the next level, this is your chance.
The above class startsat 7:30, with a half hour drop in class for beginners at 8:30! As always, it’s $10 for the dance and lesson, and only $5 for the dance alone.