This week at Blues Union

Thursday, February 15

For the last installment of our Black History all level series, we’ll be featuring another African American partner dance!

Essentials of Detroit-Style Ballroom (7:30-8:30)
with Tourino Jacks
Detroit Ballroom, also known as Detroit Cha Cha, is based on the cha cha calypso. It’s danced to R&B artists such as Roy Ayers, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and The Tempations. This class will cover the fundamentals.

Basics: Ballroomin’ B (8:30-9:30)
with Julie Brown & Clayton Jennings
This weekly drop-in class is designed for new-to-blues dancers or anyone wanting to focus on the fundamentals. No experience or partner required! This month, we’ll focus on Ballroomin’, a sub-style of blues dances that were danced in ballrooms to jazz-blues. The first 2 weeks, we’ll work on close embrace and some cool moves, while learning Savoy Walk. The last 2 weeks, we’ll work on our close embrace connection and lag, through Ballroom-style Slow Drag.

Amy Kucharik and Paul Loschak will be behind the DJ booth to whet your Blues appetite.

As always, the lesson is $5 and the dance an additional $5. Donations will also be welcome.

Thursday, February 8

Last week was a great start to our Black History Month fundraiser, so let’s keep it going! All profits made this month will be donated to Black Lives Matter Cambridge.

All Levels Sampler on Blues Styles (7:30-8:30)
with Julie Brown
This month, instead of the Intermediate+ class, we’re offering classes open to all levels on various topics regarding blues culture, music, and history! Each week will be a different teacher & topic. This will be a lecture on different styles of blues music.

Blues Basics: Ballroomin’ B (8:30-9:30)
with Julie Brown & Clayton Jennings
This weekly drop-in class is designed for new-to-blues dancers or anyone wanting to focus on the fundamentals. No experience or partner required! This month, we’ll focus on Ballroomin’, a sub-style of blues dances that were danced in ballrooms to jazz-blues. The first 2 weeks, we’ll work on close embrace and some cool moves, while learning Savoy Walk. The last 2 weeks, we’ll work on our close embrace connection and lag, through Ballroom-style Slow Drag.

Amy Blank and Joey Science will be behind the DJ booth to get your Blues groove on. This week’s featured artists are Muddy Waters and Duke Ellington!

As always, the lesson is $5 and the dance an additional $5. Donations will also be welcome.

Thursday, February 1

This month we’re celebrating Black History Month! All profits from the month will be donated to Black Lives Matter Cambridge. Join us as we kick off with:

All Levels Sampler on Blues History & Culture (7:30-8:30)
with Mike Legenthal
This month, instead of the Intermediate+ class, we’re offering classes open to all levels on various topics regarding blues culture, music, and history! Each week will be a different teacher & topic. The first installment will be a lecture on blues history and context.

Blues Basics: Ballroomin’ B (8:30-9:30)
with Julie Brown & Clayton Jennings
This weekly drop-in class is designed for new-to-blues dancers or anyone wanting to focus on the fundamentals. No experience or partner required! This month, we’ll focus on Ballroomin’, a sub-style of blues dances that were danced in ballrooms to jazz-blues. The first 2 weeks, we’ll work on close embrace and some cool moves, while learning Savoy Walk. The last 2 weeks, we’ll work on our close embrace connection and lag, through Ballroom-style Slow Drag.

Julie Brown and Steve York will be behind the DJ booth to scratch your Blues itch.
 
Plus, each week will feature 2 different blues musicians. Our DJs will feature an artist in their sets, and information on them will be posted to our Facebook page. Our first featured artists are Billie Holiday and Bobby “Blue” Bland!

As always, the lesson is $5 and the dance an additional $5. Donations will also be welcome.

Thursday, January 25

Because we had to cancel at the beginning of the month, we’re holding a make-up week instead of the usual Blues Clinic. Come catch the final installment of:

One-step and Two-step Blues (7:30-8:30)
with Ruth Evelyn and Julie Brown
Discover the intricacies and artistry of one-step and two-step in the blues era, as we delve into these two ballroom blues dances. We will work on leading and following effortlessly, and how to dance expressively in both roles.

Blues Basics: Jukin’ B (8:30-9:30)
with Ruth Evelyn and Julie Brown
This weekly drop-in class is designed for new-to-blues dancers or anyone wanting to focus on the fundamentals. No experience or partner required! This month, we’ll focus on Jukin’, a sub-style of blues that was danced in juke joints, house parties, and other small social spaces to guitar, harmonica, and some piano-based blues. We’ll build our repertoire of hip movements & variations, with the Slow Drag, Messaround, Funky Butt, Four Corners, and Rocks.

Amy Kucharik and Amy Blank will be behind the DJ booth to keep you dancing all night.

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

Thursday, January 18

Join as we continue to get tastes of both major Blues styles in:

One-step and Two-step Blues (7:30-8:30)
with Ruth Evelyn
Discover the intricacies and artistry of one-step and two-step in the blues era, as we delve into these two ballroom blues dances. We will work on leading and following effortlessly, and how to dance expressively in both roles.

Blues Basics: Jukin’ B (8:30-9:30)
with Ruth Evelyn
This weekly drop-in class is designed for new-to-blues dancers or anyone wanting to focus on the fundamentals. No experience or partner required! This month, we’ll focus on Jukin’, a sub-style of blues that was danced in juke joints, house parties, and other small social spaces to guitar, harmonica, and some piano-based blues. We’ll build our repertoire of hip movements & variations, with the Slow Drag, Messaround, Funky Butt, Four Corners, and Rocks.

Joey Science and Paul Loschak will be behind the DJ booth for your dancing pleasure.

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