Thursday, September 1

It’s time for another new series! This month we are delighted to bring you more of Chris Mayer, this time teaming up with our own Amanda Gruhl:

Chris and Amanda’s Blues Playtime (All Levels, 7:30-8:30)
Dancing isn’t dancing if it isn’t fun!  Chris and Amanda love to play around while they dance, and this series will show you all the different ways they can work having fun into their dance.  Get ready to be ridiculous!

Beginner Crash Course (8:30-9:00)
This will be a weekly feature designed to introduce novices to Blues dancing. It will provide enough vocabulary to have fun on the dance floor. Plus, when students feel comfortable with this material, they’ll be ready for the Series classes.

Steve York and Devona Cartier will be behind the DJ booth, ready to satisfy your Blues cravings.

We’ve dropped the class prices back to $5, and as always, the dance is $5.

Thursday, August 25

We’ve wrapped up our Connection Series, so it’s time for another Clinic:

Blues Clinic (7:30-9)
During Blues Clinics we gather as many instructors as we can for personalized instruction. Students dance with instructors and get individual feedback on their dancing. Music plays continuously in the background, and students are encouraged to social dance and give each other feedback while not dancing with instructors. There is also a long beginner lesson running throughout, making the Clinic perfect for introducing newcomers to Blues Dancing.

To keep you dancing all night will be Amy Kucharik and Devona Cartier behind the DJ booth.

As always, the Clinic is $5, and the dance an additional $5.

Thursday, August 18

BluesSHOUT is finally upon us and we here at Blues Union want to kick it off for you in style! We have all out-of-town talent taking care of you for the evening, we’ll be in a bigger venue, and we’re going till midnight.

The dance will take place at the Crosby Whistle Stop, located at 24 Roland St in Charlestown, MA. For directions to the Whistle Stop, see: http://bostonswingcentral.org/directions/

For the lessons, we’re proud to bring back Chris Mayer and Campbell Miller of Austin,TX:

Close and Close…r (All Levels, 7:30-8:30)
Close embrace is like a hug — it can be great, or it can be awkward — and without it, you miss out on a lot of Blues dancing.  But don’t worry!  We’re here to help.  We’ll challenge you with different variations in close embrace, and show you how to make them feel comfortable for you and your partner.

Beginner Crash Course (8:30-9:00)
This will be a weekly feature designed to introduce novices to Blues dancing. It will provide enough vocabulary to have fun on the dance floor. Plus, when students feel comfortable with this material, they’ll be ready for the Series classes.

To light your Blues fire we have Mike the Girl (Cincinnati, OH), Duane Grover (Washington D.C.), and Suzanne Sluizer (Albuquerque, NM) behind the DJ booth.

We’ve dropped the class prices back to $5, and as always the dance will be $5.

This is going to be an amazing night, so don’t miss out!

Thursday, August 11

Last week we had closed position, and this week we’re opening it up with Julie Brown and Gui Cavalcanti:

Open Position (All Levels, 7:30-8:30)
Open position gives you a lot of freedom to move around and to create interesting shapes & orientations with your partner. This week, we’ll work on moving around in open position (in new and interesting ways!), adding energy & dynamics to those movements, and how to make that all feel great!

Beginner Crash Course (8:30-9:00)
This will be a weekly feature designed to introduce novices to Blues dancing. It will provide enough vocabulary to have fun on the dance floor. Plus, when students feel comfortable with this material, they’ll be ready for the Series classes.

Plus, we’re bringing back live music! Shawn Hershey and the Blues Bananas will be in the house, warming up for their performance at BluesShout. For more information on the band you can check out: http://www.bluesshout.com/2011/bands.php

And because we have a band, we’ll be going till midnight.

We’ve dropped the class prices back to $5, and as with live music nights, the dance will be $10.

Thursday, August 4

This month connection is the series theme, and we’re doing something a little different with it. Each week will be taught by a different instructor pair. Kicking it off will be Shawn Hershey and Jenn Martinez with:

Closed Position (All Levels, 7:30-8:30)
We’ll explore how the connection can be used to enhance your connection with your partner and your musicality. In addition, we’ll use both the jookin’ and ballroomin’ styles to explore how the connection is affected by each.

Beginner Crash Course (8:30-9:00)
This will be a weekly feature designed to introduce novices to Blues dancing. It will provide enough vocabulary to have fun on the dance floor. Plus, when students feel comfortable with this material, they’ll be ready for the Series classes.

To keep you dancing all night will be Steve York and Gui Cavalcanti behind the DJ booth.

We’ve dropped the class prices back to $5, and as always, the dance is $5.