This week at Blues Union

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year, everyone! We are back for 2019 with more fabulous classes and dancing. It all kicks off with:

Adaptations & Games for the Social Floor (7:30-8:30)
with Julie Brown
Over the course of the month, we’ll work on various techniques for making social dancing safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable for ourselves. The series will include technical adaptations for followers and leaders, as well as fun social games to play on the social floor.

Blues Basics: Jukin’ B (8:30-9:30)
with Julie Brown and Charlene Chow
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 work on hip movement & variations from the jukin’ family of blues dances (great for guitar, harmonica, & piano blues), with the Slow Drag, Messaround, Funky Butt, Four Corners, and Rocks.

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

Thursday, December 13

It’s the last Blues Union of the year, and we’re spending it in style! It all starts off with:
 
Old School Cool Footwork (7:30-8:30)
with Mike Legenthal
Looking to recharge your creative batteries? Let’s take inspiration from some vintage clips, and learn some shiny new (to us) footwork! And of course, all this footwork will be perfect for Professor Harp’s sound, so you can keep playing all night long!
 
Blues Basics: Struttin’ & Improvisation (8:30-9:30)
with Julie Brown and Jenn Martinez
This month, each week covers a different topic. For the first week, we’ll learn how to listen to the music, find your own basic, and build a beautiful dance to any style of blues music. Then, we’ll work on Struttin’–a close embrace dance great for mid-to-uptempo blues–and work on close embrace connection and zippy turns.
 
Plus, we’ve booked an extra-special live band: Professor Harp! The Professor is in a word a powerhouse. His singing and harmonica playing are unique while being deeply rooted with earlier Blues masters such as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, George Smith et al. As the old adage goes “All great artists are profoundly influenced by great artists.” That’s just the way it is.
To learn more, check out www.professorharp.com
 
And of course with the live music, we’ll be going till midnight!
 
As always the lesson is $5, and the dance will be $15 at the door.

 

Thursday, December 6

December is a short month at Blues Union, but we’ve still got plenty of good stuff in store! It all starts with:

Blues Clinic (7:30-8:30)
with Joey Science
The Clinic is an opportunity to work with your friends and peers in exercises designed by Blues Union instructors. Each Clinic will feature one instructor. Music plays in the background, and people work together as said instructor guides them. People can also work with peers, dance with each other, try new things they’re working on, or try things the instructors have helped them with in the past. You can work on material from that month’s series class, workshops you took recently, or just come to social dance.

Blues Basics: Struttin’ & Improvisation (8:30-9:30)
with Grey Ruffin
This month, each week covers a different topic. For the first week, we’ll learn how to listen to the music, find your own basic, and build a beautiful dance to any style of blues music. Then, we’ll work on Struttin’–a close embrace dance great for mid-to-uptempo blues–and work on close embrace connection and zippy turns.

Mike Legenthal and Don Coverdale will be behind the DJ booth to get your Blues groove on.

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

Thursday, November 29

We’re back with the conclusion of this month’s series:

Idiom Creativity (7:30-8:30)
with Jenn Martinez and Julie Brown
Looking to expand your creativity using a repertoire you already have? As a leader, do you ever feel like you’re not creating an interesting enough dance? As a follower, do you ever feel limited in your creative choices? Each week in this series, we’ll focus on one or two commonly-taught blues idiom dances (like fishtail or slow drag), and we’ll explore ways to dance entire songs with a single dance, without sacrificing any fun or personal expression. By limiting ourselves in this way, we’ll show how even the simplest things can be interesting and full of opportunity.

Blues Basics: Ballroomin’ A (8:30-930)
with Julie Brown and Zach Brass
This drop-in class is designed for new-to-blues dancers or anyone wanting to focus on the basics! No experience or partner required! This month focuses on ballroomin’ blues, danced to jazz-blues music. We’ll be working on one-step and two-step for blues, two stylish walking dances with close embrace, fun footwork patterns, and delightful turns.

Grace Marie and Paul Loschak will be behind the DJ booth to whet your Blues appetite.

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