This week at Blues Union

Thursday, January 11

Let’s try this again! The weather should be much nicer this week, so we’ll actually be able to kick off 2018.

It all starts with classes from one of our most popular instructors:

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.

Amy Blank and Steve York will be behind the DJ booth to satisfy your Blues cravings.

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

Thursday, December 14

It’s the last Blues Union of the year, and we’re spending it in style!

First up, the classes:

Intermediate+ Clinic (7:30-8:30)
In December, we hold blues clinics instead of the usual Intermediate+ series. All levels of dancer are welcome to show up at 7:30pm and work on whatever you want, with one-on-one feedback from instructors and peers! Have something you want to learn? Show up to clinic and you can learn it! Nervous about asking questions to instructors? There’s a self-guided activity as well.

Blues Union Basic: Triple-step Blues
with Julie Brown and Zach Brass
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 learn blues dances that use a triple-step rhythm, and work on chill turns, side passes, and other partnered moves.

Then, we have the fabulous Amy Kucharik and Tiger Moan playing for us until midnight! This time around they will be featuring Jesse Armeding on drums.

As always with live music nights, the lesson is $5, and the dance an additional $10.

Thursday, December 7

December has come around again, so it’s time for our yearly tradition:

Intermediate+ Clinic (7:30-8:30)
In December, we hold blues clinics instead of the usual Intermediate+ series. All levels of dancer are welcome to show up at 7:30pm and work on whatever you want, with one-on-one feedback from instructors and peers! Have something you want to learn? Show up to clinic and you can learn it! Nervous about asking questions to instructors? There’s a self-guided activity as well.

Blues Union Basic: Triple-step Blues
with Julie Brown and Zach Brass
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 learn blues dances that use a triple-step rhythm, and work on chill turns, side passes, and other partnered moves.

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

Thursday, November 30

We’re back with one final installment of our November series:
 
Latin Rhythms in Blues (7:30-8:30)
with Jenn Martinez
Latin rhythms have often been woven into blues music, but what can we as blues dancers do with them? In this series we’ll delve into how to identify various Latin rhythms and how to adopt blues dances to them. We’ll also explore how to adopt Latin moves into the blues aesthetic.
 
Blues Basics (8:30-9:30)
Struttin’ and How to Build a Blues Dance
with Jenn Martinez
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! Classes focus on a different topic each week. This month, some weeks will cover the basics of struttin’. Other weeks will cover the fundamental structure of blues dances, so you can listen to the music and build your own.
 
Mike Grosser and Paul Loschak will be behind the DJ booth to satisfy your Blues cravings.
 
As always, the lesson is $5, and the dance an additional $5.