This week at Blues Union

Thursday, November 8

Join us for another week of exploration in:

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.

Mike Legenthal and Steve York 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 1

This month is all about the beauty in simplicity. It kicks off with:

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 (7:30-8:30)
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.

Julie Brown and Paul Loschak will be behind the DJ booth to satisfy all your Blues cravings.

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

Thursday, October 25

We’re closing out the month in spooky style. It all starts with:

Wraps, Tommies, and Low-tone Moves (7:30-8:30)
with Julie Brown and Dan Legenthal
In this class, we’ll be working on some cool and interesting moves! We’ll also use those moves to work on tone matching and leading & following with less arm tone.

Blues Basics: Jukin’ A (8:30-9:30)
with Jenn Martinez and Charlene Chow
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 Jukin’, a sub-style of blues dances that were danced in juke joints, house parties, and other small social spaces. Danced to guitar, harmonica, and piano-based blues, this style has greater independence between partners. This month at Union, we’ll work on getting great hip movement, working on the Fishtail, Mooch, Grind, Figure-8s, and Slow Drag.

And it’s once again time for our annual costume contest! Show up in costume before announcements at 10:30 and you’ll automatically be in the running for some fabulous Blues Union prizes.

Grace Marie and Amy Blank will be behind the DJ booth to whet your Blues appetite.

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

Thursday, October 18

It’s a new week, and we’ve got more hard and fun stuff in store. It all starts with:

Tricks from Close Embrace (7:30-8:30)
with Joey Science
We’ll get a little adventurous in this class, with some tricks that can be performed from close embrace. We’ll start with tricks where you don’t have to leave close embrace, and then end with one that does!

Blues Basics: Jukin’ A (8:30-9:30)
with Jenn Martinez and Charlene Chow
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 Jukin’, a sub-style of blues dances that were danced in juke joints, house parties, and other small social spaces. Danced to guitar, harmonica, and piano-based blues, this style has greater independence between partners. This month at Union, we’ll work on getting great hip movement, working on the Fishtail, Mooch, Grind, Figure-8s, and Slow Drag.

Amy Kucharik and Joey Science 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, October 11

Each week this month, we’ll have different teachers teach a class of “tricks” and “treats” aka hard and/or fun stuff. It all starts with:

Hard Sh*t (7:30-8:30)
with Dan Legenthal and Ruth Evelyn
Blues dances generally place a lot of value on relaxed, personally authentic movements, and a lot of the work and practice we do centers around those and other aesthetic values. This shouldn’t be at the cost of technical expertise, though, so we’re going to give you a few challenging figures to help you with things like balance and mastery over your own movement.

Blues Basics: Jukin’ A (8:30-9:30)
with Jenn Martinez and Charlene Chow
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 Jukin’, a sub-style of blues dances that were danced in juke joints, house parties, and other small social spaces. Danced to guitar, harmonica, and piano-based blues, this style has greater independence between partners. This month at Union, we’ll work on getting great hip movement, working on the Fishtail, Mooch, Grind, Figure-8s, and Slow Drag.

Dan Legenthal and Mike Grosser will be behind the DJ booth to satisfy your Blues cravings.

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