This week at Blues Union

Thursday, October 18

It’s a new week, and we’ve got more hard and fun stuff in store. It all starts with:

Tricks from Close Embrace (7:30-8:30)
with Joey Science
We’ll get a little adventurous in this class, with some tricks that can be performed from close embrace. We’ll start with tricks where you don’t have to leave close embrace, and then end with one that does!

Blues Basics: Jukin’ A (8:30-9:30)
with Jenn Martinez and Charlene Chow
This drop-in class is designed for new-to-blues dancers or anyone wanting to focus on the basics! No experience or partner required! This month focuses on Jukin’, a sub-style of blues dances that were danced in juke joints, house parties, and other small social spaces. Danced to guitar, harmonica, and piano-based blues, this style has greater independence between partners. This month at Union, we’ll work on getting great hip movement, working on the Fishtail, Mooch, Grind, Figure-8s, and Slow Drag.

Amy Kucharik and Joey Science will be behind the DJ booth to get your Blues groove on.

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

Thursday, October 11

Each week this month, we’ll have different teachers teach a class of “tricks” and “treats” aka hard and/or fun stuff. It all starts with:

Hard Sh*t (7:30-8:30)
with Dan Legenthal and Ruth Evelyn
Blues dances generally place a lot of value on relaxed, personally authentic movements, and a lot of the work and practice we do centers around those and other aesthetic values. This shouldn’t be at the cost of technical expertise, though, so we’re going to give you a few challenging figures to help you with things like balance and mastery over your own movement.

Blues Basics: Jukin’ A (8:30-9:30)
with Jenn Martinez and Charlene Chow
This drop-in class is designed for new-to-blues dancers or anyone wanting to focus on the basics! No experience or partner required! This month focuses on Jukin’, a sub-style of blues dances that were danced in juke joints, house parties, and other small social spaces. Danced to guitar, harmonica, and piano-based blues, this style has greater independence between partners. This month at Union, we’ll work on getting great hip movement, working on the Fishtail, Mooch, Grind, Figure-8s, and Slow Drag.

Dan Legenthal and Mike Grosser will be behind the DJ booth to satisfy your Blues cravings.

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

Thursday, September 27

We’ve got one final DJ battle for all you lovely people! But first we wrap up another set of classes:

Blues at the Savoy (7:30-8:30)
with Jenn Martinez and Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz
Come dance drapey, draggy, Ballroomin’ blues. This month we will focus on the slower, jazzier side of blues music played in larger ballrooms like the Savoy in Harlem. Inspired by movement and dance from the time, we will work on ways to gracefully glide around the dance floor and use momentum for elegant, dynamic moves.

Blues Basics: Triple-Step & Improvisation (8:30-9:30)
with Jenn Martinez and Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz
This month, each week covers a different topic. On the first and third weeks, we’ll learn blues dances that use a triple-step rhythm, and work on traveling, chill turns, and side passes. For the second and fourth weeks, we’ll learn how to listen to the music, find your own basic, and build a beautiful dance to any style of blues music.

Amy Kucharik will be behind the DJ booth first to get us all grooving. Then in the battle arena will be Mike Legenthal vs. Steve York!

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

Thursday, September 20

It’s another week with another fabulous DJ battle! The night kicks off with:
 
Blues at the Savoy (7:30-8:30)
with Jenn Martinez and Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz
Come dance drapey, draggy, Ballroomin’ blues. This month we will focus on the slower, jazzier side of blues music played in larger ballrooms like the Savoy in Harlem. Inspired by movement and dance from the time, we will work on ways to gracefully glide around the dance floor and use momentum for elegant, dynamic moves.
 
Blues Basics: Triple-Step & Improvisation (8:30-9:30)
with Jenn Martinez and Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz
This month, each week covers a different topic. On the first and third weeks, we’ll learn blues dances that use a triple-step rhythm, and work on traveling, chill turns, and side passes. For the second and fourth weeks, we’ll learn how to listen to the music, find your own basic, and build a beautiful dance to any style of blues music.
 
Paul Loschak will be behind the DJ booth first to set the mood right. Then in the battle arena will be Amy Blank vs. Amy Kucharik!
 
As always, the lesson is $5, and the dance an additional $5.