This week at Blues Union

Union Foundations: August 25

Get to know each other outdoors with a potluck, and do some dancing outside too!

7:30pm-10:00pm

Location: Lincoln Park https://goo.gl/maps/baaRaSKnubY1dDaw5
(close to the usual venue, so if it rains we can move to indoors)

Bring a dish or beverages to share, extra chairs/blankets if you like, and optional lighting (lanterns, fairy lights) if you have them.

DJs Jenny Eldred and Charlene Chow will be playing music for dancing starting around 8:30pm!

Suggested donation $5-15 to pay DJs – cash or Venmo or pre-sale online {pre-sale link posted soon}

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

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 this event accessible to chemical-allergy & migraine sufferers.

Union Foundations: August 18

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

7:30pm-10:00pm

There will be an instructor on call to give folks the basics (or brush up on last week’s connection class material) on the side 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/14840130/social_dance
^WithFriends members, get pre-sale tickets to use your discount.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

DJs Amy Blank and Amy+Julie trading songs later on!

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 a 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.
-Surgical mask, 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: August 11

Visiting instructor Jamica Zion is back in town & will be teaching with Mike Sonder!

Connection Special
Level up your fundamental Blues partner connection, across both Jukin’ and Ballroomin’. We love connection in Blues, and we’re excited to show you why.

7:30-9:00pm – Class (all levels)
9:00-10:00pm – Open practice / social dance 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.

About Jamica:
Jamica Zion is a national instructor, choreographer, and performer who specializes in black vernacular dances, including but not limited to: Jazz, Lindy Hop, and many Blues idioms. With over ten years of experience, she identifies as an academic-activist-artist. Jamica has dedicated her life to these dances for many reasons. Some of her favorite reasons are their historical and cultural significance (community building and creative acts of resistance!), and their prioritization of creative individuality.
Her students can expect flexible guidance through the class material, fun facts, and usually a good laugh or two. Her classes are less focused on moves and more so on refining technique that allows for the most comfortable connection between partners and their expression to the music.

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.
-Surgical mask, 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: August 4

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

7:30pm-10:00pm

Andria Helm will be the instructor on call to give newcomers the basics on the side while social dancing starts!

Pay-what-you-can $5-15 – cash or Venmo at the door, or pre-sale tickets online: {link coming soon}
^WithFriends members, get pre-sale tickets to use your discount.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

DJs Julie Brown and Jenny Eldred will be playing the 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 a 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.
-Surgical mask, 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: July 28

Come discuss a short blues-related reading and then enjoy a casual night to dance & socialize in person!

7:30-8:30pm – Reading discussion (online or in-person)
8:30-10pm – Social dance (in-person)

No official lesson, but if you or a friend is brand new, talk to the door person and we’ll get you covered.

Reading is an excerpt from the book Rooted Jazz Dance: “Africanist elements in American jazz dance” by Julie Kerr-Berry: https://drive.google.com/…/1-KwzjEIpCqsyml9d8P4l…
You’re encouraged to get the full book too, to enjoy on your own!

Pay-what-you-can $5-15 – cash or Venmo at the door, or pre-sale tickets online: https://withfriends.co/…/reading_discussion_and_social…
^WithFriends members, get pre-sale tickets to use your discount.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.

DJ for the night is Clara Lauterwasser!

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.