This week at Blues Union

Thursday, September 9

Hey, everyone!  We love that everyone came out last week for the Delta Generators!  It seems like that was a great way to see summer out the door. Things are cooling down now.  To everything, there is a season (turn, turn, turn).  Speaking of turns, we’ve got Shawn and Amanda this week teaching…

Intermediate – Spins and Turns
This class will focus on techniques to improve leading and following spins and turns.  We’ll start with some solo work and move on to the secrets of the connection behind spins and turns.

Beginner – Blues Connection
The basis for all great partnered dancing is connection!  This week’s beginner blues lesson will focus on how to establish connection, make it feel great, and use it to lead and follow your partner.

Following this, we’ve got John Brooks and Steve York DJing. They’ll spin you right round.

Thursday, Sept 2

Alright folks! We’ve had live music a couple of times before, but now we have a whole schedule to kick off for the fall.

To get things started, we’re going to have ourselves a Blues Clinic. In case you aren’t familiar, Blues Clinics are hour-and-a-half long sessions (from 7:30 to 9:00) where music is constantly playing in the background and students get personalized feedback from the instructors they dance with. We bring in as many of the Boston instructors as we can, and each student gets to dance with them. There’s also an extended-length beginner lesson running at the same time, making Blues Clinic nights the perfect time to invite complete newcomers to the dance.

Once the Blues Clinic is done, we get ourselves ready for three hours of live music with the Delta Generators!

The Delta Generators (http://www.deltagenerators.com/) are a hot local Blues band that can’t wait to play for us. They made a name for themselves combining the sounds of raw Delta Blues with the energy of early rock & roll, but that power doesn’t constrain them – they routinely throw in everything from some Memphis soul to Louisiana funk to spice things up.

We’ll be open until midnight in order to fit this much awesome, my friends. Entrance to the dance will be $10 instead of the usual $5 in order to cover the band, and the Blues Clinic will be an additional $5.

Thursday, August 26

If you’ve been to our Blues Clinics, you’ve probably seen these two lovely ladies, Sara Gaynor and Khrysti Smyth, helping out with instruction. We’re going to go ahead and put them through their paces in the instructor spotlight for the first time at Blues Union, and hope you can join us in supporting them! Their lessons will be:

Get Grounded! (Intermediate, 7:30-8:15)

Most of us have experienced many classes that focus on connect……ing with our dance partner, but what about our other major connection points? Like with the floor? Sara and Khrysti feel that all of our movement comes from the ground up, so they’ll help you develop better balance and control by exploring how we connect with the ground as we’re dancing and how to apply that to your connection with your partner.

Back to Basics (Beginner, 8:15-9:00)

Sara and Khrysti have similar dance philosophy, namely that anything is possible with a solid foundation. And that it’s a good idea to break down your basics and build them up again on a regular basis because they are always changing! So whether this is your first time on the floor, or you’ve been doing this for years, check out their take on the basics of blues dance and see if they can rock YOUR foundation.

After the lessons, Khrysti and our very own master of food Stephen York will be teaming up to DJ a couple of excellent sets for us. Amelia will be providing brownies, and if enough people bug Carl Herrmann about it he’ll be providing bacon!

As always, the lessons are $5 and the dance is $5.

Thursday, August 19

This week we have Joy Arico traveling all the way from Rochester, NY to DJ a set and teach us some lessons! Without further ado, those lessons are:

Scattering JOY (Intermediate, 7:30-8:15):

This lesson delves deeper into Blues connection. This is a topic rarely discussed that is very dear to my heart. As leads and follows, there is a tendency at every level to add unwanted noise to the dance. For follows, we will discuss and pra…ctice techniques to filter out the noise and dance the intended lead. Learning to do this first; will help you clearly add shines without interrupting your connection later. For leads,we will discuss and practice techniques that help add clarity. You know what you want, so should your follow.

Embracing Close Embrace (Beginner, 8:15-9:00)

In this class we will share the 3 main shapes of Blues connection, and practice movement in each. The focus will be on relaxation and moving with your partner in close embrace. After this lesson you should be able to have a fun night of dancing with strangers, and friends at Blues Union!

After the lessons, Tim Lewandowski will be joining Joy at the DJ booth to bring us a whole jarful of Blues.

As always, the dance is $5, and the lessons beforehand are $5.

Thursday, August 12

This week we have the lovely Carsie Blanton coming to us all the way from Philadelphia, PA. She’s going to put both her musician and dancer hat on at once to give us…

Matching the Mood of the Music (Intermediate, 7:30-8:15):

How can you be musical without knowing lots of “moves”? Shape the vocabulary you already have to fit any song! In this class, we’ll apply some simple ideas to some simple vocabulary, and come up with infinite ways to match the music. In the intermediate version of this, we’ll be practicing how to take the same vocabulary and shape it to fit in different tempos and styles, including Chicago, Delta, and slow jazz.

Matching the Mood of the Music (Beginner, 8:15-9:00):

How can you be musical without knowing lots of “moves”? Shape the vocabulary you already have to fit any song! In this class, we’ll apply some simple ideas to some simple vocabulary, and come up with infinite ways to match the music. In the beginner version of this, we’ll work on shaping our basic to match the moods and dynamics of different songs.

After the lessons, Amy Kucharik will be teaming up with Carsie to bring us an excellent mix of Boston and Philly Blues! Margaret and Amelia will also be teaming up, to bring us lots of foodstuffs.

As always, the dance is $5, and the lessons before the dance are $5.