Union Foundations: June 23

Join for a virtual lecture on a topic where queerness and the blues intersect!

Writer & instructor Grey Armstrong will give a virtual lecture on a topic of his choice in the intersection of queerness and the blues. This lecture will be streamed online, as well as streamed in the space at Dance Union. At Dance Union, afterwards, there will be DJed music and social dancing.

7:30-9:00pm ET – Online lecture with Grey Armstrong (also streamed at Union)
9:00-10:00pm ET – Social dancing in person

Sliding scale $10-25, admission covers the whole night. No one turned away due to lack of funds.

Cash or Venmo at the door. Pre-sale tickets here: https://withfriends.co/…/queerness_and_the_blues…
^^WithFriends supporters, get pre-sale tickets to use your discount.

ATTEND ONLINE: https://withfriends.co/…/queerness_and_the_blues…

About Grey Armstrong: Grey Armstrong is a blues dancer, writer and instructor of Black culture, history, and dance. His work focuses on unpacking unconscious bias, cross-cultural communication, in additional to culture formation. He also travels the world teaching African American vernacular dances and giving lectures of Black history and culture. He is the founder of the popular blog and website Obsidian Tea, which explores themes of the Black experience and culture, Anti-racism Praxis, developing cultural competency and the evolving relationship between Black and white Americans in the United States from the trans Atlantic slave trade onwards.
Grey loves teaching, tea, blues and of course cats.

We’re still rebuilding, re-envisioning, & trying out new formats, so this is still a Union Foundations event, and not an official reopening.

COVID SAFETY (in-person)
-Proof of vaccination required (including booster if J&J or 2nd dose was 6+ months ago). If you have a medical exception or if you have questions, please reach out to the Union email address.
-N95, KN95, or KF95 masks required (we’ll have some if you don’t).
-HEPA filter in the venue.
-If you test positive within 10 days of attending, email BostonBluesUnion(at) gmail(dot)com, so other attendees can be informed.
**If you have questions or think you’ll be unable to meet these guidelines, email us before you decide to attend**
More on covid policies: https://bluesunionboston.com/code-of-conduct/#covid-policies
ACCESSIBILITY
-Gender-neutral single stall bathrooms
-Soft chairs for sitting/resting
-Not wheelchair accessible – the venue is up a flight of stairs
-As much as possible for you, please refrain from wearing/using synthetically fragranced products such as perfume, cologne, and body spray (such as Axe) and fragranced hand sanitizers to help keep the space accessible to chemical-allergy & migraine sufferers.

Union Foundations: June 16

Come for a casual night to dance & socialize in person! This time, outside!

7:30pm-10:00pm

Intro lesson from Mike & Dan Legenthal at the beginning!

Suggested donation $5-15 to pay DJs & teachers – cash or Venmo or pre-sale online: https://withfriends.co/…/social_dance_with_intro_lesson
(any extra goes towards rent at our usual venue for the month)

DJs Clara Lauterwasser and Jenny Eldred will be playing the tunes!

Location: Deck next to the Boston Children’s Museum https://goo.gl/maps/HY2kn7rZmqsiJPAA9
-10-min walk from the Red Line, 15-min walk from the orange line!

We’re still rebuilding and re-envisioning, so this is still a Union Foundations event, and not an official reopening.

*Covid safety*
-Outdoors!
-We’ll check proof of vaccination (including booster if J&J or 2nd dose was 6+ months ago) and hand out wrist bands. Please be vaccinated, and booster’ed if applicable.
-Please wear a surgical mask or better while dancing – we’ll have some for free if you don’t.
-If you’re sick please stay home.
-*If you test positive for covid-19 within 10 days of attending, email BostonBluesUnion (at) gmail (dot) com, so other folks can be informed.*

More on covid policies: https://bluesunionboston.com/code-of-conduct/#covid-policies

*Accessibility*
-As much as possible for you, please refrain from wearing/using synthetically fragranced products such as perfume, cologne, and body spray (such as Axe) and fragranced hand sanitizers to help keep the event accessible to chemical-allergy & migraine sufferers.

Union Foundations: June 9

Class topic: Turns & passes
with Julie Brown & Sarah Geiger

Newer-to-blues folks can get an intro to turns & passes in blues, and the techniques to lead & follow them comfortably, clearly, & stylishly.

Folks wanting next-level info will get some next-level turns & passes, and the techniques to lead & follow them comfortably, clearly, & stylishly.

7:30-9:00pm – Class
9:00-10:00pm – Open practice time

Sliding scale $10-25, admission covers the whole night. No one turned away due to lack of funds.

Cash or Venmo at the door.

Pre-sale tickets available here:
https://withfriends.co/…/in_person_class_and_open…
^^WithFriends supporters, get pre-sale tickets to use your discount.

We’re still rebuilding, re-envisioning, & trying out new formats, so this is still a Union Foundations event, and not an official reopening.

COVID SAFETY
-Proof of vaccination required (including booster if J&J or 2nd dose was 6+ months ago). If you have a medical exception or if you have questions, please reach out to the Union email address.
-N95, KN95, or KF95 masks required (we’ll have some if you don’t).
-HEPA filter in the venue.
-If you test positive within 10 days of attending, email BostonBluesUnion(at) gmail(dot)com, so other attendees can be informed.
**If you have questions or think you’ll be unable to meet these guidelines, email us before you decide to attend**
More on covid policies: https://bluesunionboston.com/code-of-conduct/#covid-policies

ACCESSIBILITY
-Gender-neutral single stall bathrooms
-Soft chairs for sitting/resting
-Not wheelchair accessible – the venue is up a flight of stairs
-As much as possible for you, please refrain from wearing/using synthetically fragranced products such as perfume, cologne, and body spray (such as Axe) and fragranced hand sanitizers to help keep the space accessible to chemical-allergy & migraine sufferers.

Union Foundations: June 2

Field trip to live music or social at the studio

Details for the live music event if you got tickets already: https://www.facebook.com/events/642845973680006
6:00pm You can arrive & set up
7:00-9:00pm Live music

At Union, it’ll be the usual details:
-7:30-10pm
-16 Bow St, Somerville, MA
-DJed music
-No lesson since it’s last minute, but if you bring a new friend we’ll work something out
-Sliding scale $5-15 – cash or Venmo at the door. No one turned away due to lack of funds.

*Covid safety*
-Proof of vaccination required (including booster if J&J or 2nd dose was 6+ months ago). If you have a medical exception or if you have questions, please reach out to the Union email address.
-N95, KN95, or KF94 masks required (we’ll have some if you don’t).
-HEPA filter in the venue.
-*If you test positive within 10 days of attending, email BostonBluesUnion (at) gmail (dot) com, so other folks can be informed.*

More on covid policies: https://bluesunionboston.com/code-of-conduct/#covid-policies

*Accessibility*
-Gender-neutral, single stall bathrooms
-Soft chairs for sitting/resting
-Not wheelchair accessible – up a flight of stairs
-As much as possible for you, please refrain from wearing/using synthetically fragranced products such as perfume, cologne, and body spray (such as Axe) and fragranced hand sanitizers to help keep the space accessible to chemical-allergy & migraine sufferers. 

Union Foundations: May 19

Come for a casual night to dance & socialize in person!

7:30pm-10:00pm

There will be an intro lesson on the side of the floor while social dancing starts.

Pay-what-you-can $5-15 – cash or Venmo at the door, or pre-sale tickets online: https://withfriends.co/event/14346089/social_dance
^WithFriends members, get pre-sale tickets to use your discount.

DJs Julie Brown and Don Coverdale will be playing us some tunes!

We’re still rebuilding and re-envisioning, so this is still a Union Foundations event, and not an official reopening.

*Covid safety*
-Proof of vaccination required (including booster if J&J or 2nd dose was 6+ months ago). If you have a medical exception or if you have questions, please reach out to the Union email address.
-N95, KN95, or KF94 masks required (we’ll have some if you don’t).
-HEPA filter in the venue.
-*If you test positive within 10 days of attending, email BostonBluesUnion (at) gmail (dot) com, so other folks can be informed.*

More on covid policies: https://bluesunionboston.com/code-of-conduct/#covid-policies

*Accessibility*
-Gender-neutral, single stall bathrooms
-Soft chairs for sitting/resting
-Not wheelchair accessible – up a flight of stairs
-As much as possible for you, please refrain from wearing/using synthetically fragranced products such as perfume, cologne, and body spray (such as Axe) and fragranced hand sanitizers to help keep the space accessible to chemical-allergy & migraine sufferers.