This week at Blues Union

Thursday, April 6

Boston Blend is this month, and Blues Union is here to help set the mood! This month we have an all levels, everyone is welcome series on another African-American dance style:

Intro to Chicago-Style Steppin’ (7:30-8:30)
Chicago-style Steppin’ is a smooth and chill partnered dance style descended from lindy hop, danced to R&B music. Guest instructor James Brown from the Red Velvet Steppers will teach an intro-to Steppin’ series all month, and on the last week, James & other local steppers will come help out at a Steppin’ clinic from 7:30-8:30.

Blues Basics + Beginner Clinic (8:30-9:30)
This weekly drop-in class is designed for new-to-blues dancers or anyone wanting to focus on the fundamentals. It will provide enough moves to have fun on the dance floor, as well the opportunity to hone and polish the core techniques behind the dance. Each week, we’ll cover something new, so you can come every week, or just drop in for a class or few. This class includes the beginner clinic, where you can work on your dancing one-on-one with instructors and advanced dancers. This month it will be taught by Jenn Martinez and Clayton Jennings.

Sarah Elise and Joey Science will be behind the DJ booth for your dancing pleasure.

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

Thursday, March 30

We’ve been working on style all month long, and now it’s time to shift gears with:

Blues Clinic (7:30-9:30)
The Blues Clinic is an opportunity to work one-on-one with our Blues Union instructors and to work with your friends and peers. Music plays in the background as people work together, and the instructors move around the room, working with people one-on-one or in couples. When not working with instructors, people work with peers, dance with each other, try new things they’re working on, or try things the instructors have helped them with. You can work on material from that month’s series class, workshops you took recently, or anything you like! From 8:30-9:00, we have our Blues Basics class as usual, while the clinic continues in the rest of the room.

Joey Science and Amy Blank will be behind the DJ booth for your Blues dancing pleasure.

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

Thursday, March 23

Mike and Dan Legenthal are wrapping up our styling sampler with ways to put everything together:

Ain’t What You Do, it’s the Way That You Do It (7:30-8:30)
When you first learn to Blues dance, you learn patterns, technique, aesthetic, and a whole lot of other fundamentals. As you master those details, it’s important to also work on style. This class will be all about how to develop your own voice within the blues aesthetic by working on styling.

Blues Basics + Beginner Clinic (8:30-9:30)
This weekly drop-in class is designed for new-to-blues dancers or anyone wanting to focus on the fundamentals. It will provide enough moves to have fun on the dance floor, as well the opportunity to hone and polish the core techniques behind the dance. Each week, we’ll cover something new, so you can come every week, or just drop in for a class or few. This class includes the beginner clinic, where you can work on your dancing one-on-one with instructors and advanced dancers.

Julie Brown and Steve York will be behind the DJ booth for your Blues dancing pleasure.

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

Thursday, March 16

This week we have a special guest instructor! Kara Fabina is in town all the way from Colorado, and will be teaching both classes. The night kicks off with:

Rhythmic Footwork (7:30-8:30)
Fast and fancy feet! Let us break down some patterns and movements your feet can do. Incorporating concepts from tap and hip hop, let us explore what potential craziness we can create.

Blues Basics + Beginner Clinic (8:30-9:30)
This weekly drop-in class is designed for new-to-blues dancers or anyone wanting to focus on the fundamentals. It will provide enough moves to have fun on the dance floor, as well the opportunity to hone and polish the core techniques behind the dance. Each week, we’ll cover something new, so you can come every week, or just drop in for a class or few. This class includes the beginner clinic, where you can work on your dancing one-on-one with instructors and advanced dancers.

Plus, we’re having one of our grilled cheese nights! There will be an assortment of breads, cheeses, and other fixings for plenty of culinary customization options.

Jonathan Pechon will be behind the DJ booth to get your Blues groove on.

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

Thursday, March 2

For March, we have a styling sampler! Each week a different set of instructors will focus on a different aspect of styling. Kicking it off is Julie Brown and Mike Grosser with:

Framework for Styling (7:30-8:30)
This first week, we’ll explore different places for adding your individual style in partnered blues dancing, beyond just the basic turns and side passes. We’ll also cover partnered techniques that help your following and leading work smoothly when you’re stylin’.

Blues Basics + Beginner Clinic (8:30-9:30)
This weekly drop-in class is designed for new-to-blues dancers or anyone wanting to focus on the fundamentals. It will provide enough moves to have fun on the dance floor, as well the opportunity to hone and polish the core techniques behind the dance. Each week, we’ll cover something new, so you can come every week, or just drop in for a class or few. This class includes the beginner clinic, where you can work on your dancing one-on-one with instructors and advanced dancers.

Mike Grosser and Jonathan Pechon will be behind the DJ booth to keep you dancing all night.

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