What is Blues Dancing?

Blues Music is America’s first original art form. Blues Dances, while much less well known than Blues music, have always been an important part of this uniquely African American culture. Blues Dances take their early influence from African dances.

As African American people left the plantations of the Southern United States and began to form communities in more urban areas across the US, their culture, music and dance travelled with them and took inspiration from the world around them, resulting in a fusing of African American culture with the popular European cultural movements and dances of the era, this is why Blues dance sometimes look similar to European ballroom dances.

Where Blues dance differs from European dances, is where the African roots of these people are preserved. Through the rhythm, the connection to the ground, the movements in the body and through the freedom and expression of emotion.

There are many Blues music styles from different regions of the USA, which resulted in many local styles of Blues dance evolving to fit the local music. Common characteristics of most Blues dance styles are:
* improvised movement, strongly inspired by the music and it’s rhythms, instead of choreographed or ‘set' step patterns and moves
* a relaxed and grounded posture, where we dance with a slight forward lean, rather than upright
* a freedom of body expression, whether dancing solo, leading or following
* an essence of confidence, cool and the embodiment of a "young spirit”
* a strong follower “voice”

Join us in exploring a few of the more popular and well known Blues Dance styles and in appreciating this music and cultural art form. We offer both solo and partnered Blues dance courses.


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