This week at Blues Union

Thursday, May 6

This week we have local band Track 44 playing at Blues Union- that’s right, live music just for you!

Before the band, work on your strutting and your jooking at our Blues Clinic with your favorite Boston blues instructors.

Thursday, April 29

Hello everyone!

We have a special guest this week at Blues Union – Ruth Hoffman (who teaches and runs a San Francisco dance called Shades of Blues) is flying in all the way from San Francisco just to come teach for us! (Though I hear she might be seeing the city over the weekend or something on the side). Here are the classes she’s throwing down!

Dance Texture (Intermediate, 7:30-8:15):

How do you give your dance different flavors? Sometimes it’s all in the tiny details; sometimes it’s in an energetic explosion. This class will explore the same movements dialed back to a 0 or amped up to a 10, and the different techniques and impacts they come with. We’ll take movements and explore masculine and feminine ways of expressing them, finding fluidity and sharpness.

Blues Fundamentals (Beginner, 8:15-9:00):

Are you looking for an introduction to blues? This class will give you the tools you need to get started. Have you been dancing blues for six months or less? This class will refine your basics and add more vocabulary, including turning in place, traveling, and an inside under-arm turn.

After the lessons, Ruth will be teaming up with Khrysti Smyth to spin some tunes for the rest of the night!

See you all on the dance floor!

Thursday, April 22

Hello again!

This week we have an out-of-town DJ coming in from Albany, one of our own DJs coming out of hiding, and Gui and Amanda teaching a set of classes focused on polyrhythms! Check this out:

Percussive Blues (Intermediate, 7:30-8:15):

In any Blues song there are often three or more rhythmic lines playing at the same time. When we start dancing, it’s often easiest to dance to the drum line or the bass line, as they’re the most predictable and repetitive lines in the music. In this class, we’ll show you a number of footwork methods and body isolations that you can use to follow any rhythmic line you want, whether it be a classic, repetitive rhythm line or a more spontaneous melodic line. This can turn into a Blues dance that feels like it has roots in tap or other percussive dances, where your body can become one of the instruments in the music!

Travelin’ Blues (Beginner, 8:15-9:00)

This class will borrow footwork concepts from Percussive Blues and bring them down to the beginner level, in order to allow newcomer and beginner dancers to travel around the room following whatever rhythmic line they’re inspired by. The class will cover both closed position and close embrace frames.

After the lessons, we have Leslie Stevenson and Alana Epstein DJing for us! Leslie will be joining us all the way from Albany, and Alana will be coming out from underneath piles of schoolwork.

As always, the lesson is $5 and the dance is another $5.

See you soon!

Thursday, April 15

And we’re back!

Our month of guest instructors is over, and we’ve practiced all they had to teach us. Our local instructors are nice and rested up, and ready to get back in the game! And so Gui and Jenn kick off the month with…

Silky Smooth Moves (Intermediate, 7:30-8:15):

Do you feel lost when the music slows down and the piano starts getting playful? You love the sound of Etta James and Nina Simone, but you start to feel silly just swaying back and forth because you don’t know what to do when it gets that slow? Come to Silky Smooth Moves, where Gui and Jenn will teach you exciting steps and movements that you can whip out when the music gets slow and soulful.

Simply Smooth (Beginner, 8:15-9:00):

Simply Smooth is the result of Gui and Jenn continuing to break the smooth movements of their dancing down so that newcomers and beginners can feel confident during the slow numbers, too! Join us for a lesson in being comfortable and challenged while dancing slowly.

After the dance, Amy Kucharik will be spinning alongside Bryan Stephan, a local dancer who will be DJing for the first time! Come support both of them and their excellent taste in music by making the loud noises of your choice in their general direction.

See you Thursday!