Blues dances have several characteristics about the look, feel, and values of the dances that make them identifiable as blues. These are known as the aesthetics.
These aesthetics are also present in other Black, African, and African diaspora dance forms, but each aesthetic aspect is more or less emphasized in the different dances. Similarly, since blues is a family of dances, each Blues Dance may emphasize a particular aesthetic aspect more or less.
Here are many of the aesthetic aspects that define blues:
- Pulse, Rhythmic drive
- Groundedness & athletic posture
- Personal style & expression
- Dancing with multiple centers of movement
- Multiple layers of rhythms
- “Hotness” & athleticism
- “Coolness,” attitude, & effortlessness
To learn more, attend our dance classes and lectures, and check out these links for further reading:
- Blues Groupings & Aesthetics – Damon Stone: https://www.facebook.com/notes/damon-stone/blues-idiom-dance-stylistic-groupings-of-vernacular-dance-created-with-blues-mus/10152713255705719/
- Africanist Aesthetic in American Dance forms: https://sophia.smith.edu/blog/danceglobalization/2012/04/13/the-africanist-aesthetic-in-american-dance-forms/