This week at Blues Union

Thursday, January 16

We’ve got more fun community classes this week in:

Extended Topics: Cross-Level Partnerships (7:00-8:00)
with Joey Science
Ever hear that practice makes perfect? But what if you don’t have anyone around who needs to practice the same things? This week’s class is all about getting the most out of practice regardless of who is around to practice with you. We’ll kick off class by learning about how to find your weaknesses and strengths, and then move into practicing with folks who are either less or more experienced than you!

Blues Basics: Jukin’ Blues (8:00-9:00)
with Zach Brass
This month, we’ll work on the connection, moves, and stylings for Jukin’ blues – a style of blues dancing that came from house parties, clubs, and places called juke joints.

The price of each lesson is $5.

After classes we will head over to Brass Union to socialize. Everyone is welcome, regardless of class attendance.

Thursday, January 9

It’s our first dance night of the year! Come join us for:

Extended Topics: Dancing Solo with Other People (7:00-8:00)
with Mike and Dan Legenthal
Come explore ways to dance solo, but not by yourself! We’ll help you find ways to be comfortable with dancing solo blues with other people, including riffin’, cuttin’ and more! Note: you do not have to be “good at solo” or even comfortable with solo dance yet to get some good info out of this class.
Since we have a ton of material to get through, please try to be here and ready to start by 7 so we can get through as much as possible!

Blues Basics: Jukin’ Blues (8:00-9:00)
with Ruth Evelyn and Jenn Martinez
This month, we’ll work on the connection, moves, and stylings for Jukin’ blues – a style of blues dancing that came from house parties, clubs, and places called juke joints.

Music will be provided by our fabulous DJs Clara Lauterwasser and Julie Brown.

During the break we’ll feature a cuttin’ showcase! Some of our amazing instructors have prepared to show off and throw down with our community members. If you’re interested taking part, attend the extended topics class.

Plus, we’ll have a jam for all January birthdays and anniversaries!

Each lesson is $5. The dance is pay what you can from $5-10.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

We are back with a new format and a new beginner curriculum! Classes will run every week, and a dance will be held monthly.

We’re starting off with a class week. This month, classes will have a fun, community focus in:

Extended Topics: Community Dance Skills (7:00-8:00)
with Julie Brown and Jenn Martinez
This month, the extended topics classes are open to all levels, including beginner! Each week, different teachers will cover a topic that is fun and also helps us learn about and participate in our dance community better. To start off this week, we’ll cover fun steals and etiquette for birthday jams.

Blues Basics: Jukin’ Blues (8:00-9:00)
with Julie Brown and Zach Brass
This month, we’ll work on the connection, moves, and stylings for Jukin’ blues – a style of blues dancing that came from house parties, clubs, and places called juke joints.

The price of each lesson is $5.

After classes we will head over to Bow Market to socialize. Everyone is welcome, regardless of class attendance.

Thursday, December 12

Join us as we send off 2019 in style!

Extended Topics: Some of My Favorite Things (7:00-8:00)
with Julie Brown and Dan Legenthal
This month, with only two lessons, we’ll be doing some of Julie’s favorite things. This time we’ll focus on two questions. What are we leading? What are we following? Explore the elements we lead & follow in blues by default, and play with different modes of lead-follow, to bring more versatility to your partnerships and find more ways to play within the connection.

Blues Basics: Struttin’ & Improvisation (8:00-9:00)
with Julie Brown and Kal Anderson
This month, each week covers a different topic. Some weeks, we’ll work on Struttin’–a close embrace dance great for mid-to-uptempo blues–and work on close embrace connection and zippy turns. Other weeks, we’ll learn how to listen to the music, find your own basic, and build a beautiful dance to any style of blues music.

After classes, we’ll have live music from Any Kucharik & Tiger Moan! Plus, there will be a holiday pop-up market. Three local businesses will be present during the dance: Whisper Designs, Devinto Designs, and Chevalier Homme.

Sliding scale pre-sale tickets are available on our website here.

As always, the lesson is $5, and the special event dance is $15.

Thursday, December 5

It’s an an abbreviated month at Blues Union, so we’re bringing out the good stuff in:

Extended Topics: Some of My Favorite Things (7:00-8:00)
with Julie Brown and Paul Loschak
This month, with only two lessons, we’ll be doing some of Julie’s favorite things. Up first is mega-cozy close embrace – how to have the coziest close embrace dances, and how to feel more comfortable, connected, and with more options for expression in close embrace.

Blues Basics: Struttin’ & Improvisation (8:00-9:00)
with Joey Julie Brown and Kal Anderson
This month, each week covers a different topic. Some weeks, we’ll work on Struttin–a close embrace dance great for mid-to-uptempo blues–and work on close embrace connection and zippy turns. Other weeks, we’ll learn how to listen to the music, find your own basic, and build a beautiful dance to any style of blues music.

Sarah Geiger and Amy Blank will behind the DJ booth to satisfy your Blues cravings.

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