Dance/Class Schedule

as of January 12th, 2018

Announcements

NEW SCHEDULE!!
Starting in February, we are offering two classes every Friday night. Our progressive series is being moved to 7:45 PM. We are adding a Fundamental series starting at 8:45 PM that goes until 9:30 PM.
NEW CLASSES!!
There are three new fundamental classes that have been added to the rotation. Each class focuses on different variations of blues fundamental concepts, and will teach you a turn as well as a special move or two if there is time. Perfect to get you started on the dance floor. We highly recommend taking all three to be well rounded and practiced in the fundamentals, because...
NEW REQUIREMENTS!!
Beginning in March, anyone who wants to take our blues progressive series will need to have taken all three fundamental classes.

Dance Class Categories

Content is divided up into three broad categories: idiom blues dances, and blues dance styling, and fusion dancing.

Idiom dances is a term that we apply towards a "named" dance. Examples of idiom dances include Struttin', the Fish Tail, the Mooch, the Grind, Slow Drag, etc. Back when these dances were invented, folks would normally only do the dance moves associated with the dance throughout the entire song. Now-a-days, folks tend to mix and match diferent idiom dances within the same song. Various groups of idiom dances that are similar in style and musicality tend to be group under umbrella terms such as "Jookin'" or "Ballroomin'". If you want to learn more about how the idiom dances related to each other, I highly recommend visiting Laura Chiecko's webpage on the subject. Classes that are primarily focused on learning an idiom dance will be prefixed with the word "Idioms", and then which one we'll be teaching.

Styling classes are all about creative choices. Learning how to listen to the music, polyrhythms, and body isolations, as well as more advanced connection and partnering exercises, among other techniques. These classes will all be prefixed with the word "Styling".

Fusion classes will focus on how to either blend or switch back and forth between two or more completely unlrelated partner social dances. For example, fusing blues with tango, or west coast swing with cha cha. They will be pre-fixed with the word "Fusion".

Current Schedule

Following is the schedule of upcoming events, classes, and workshops. Note that topics can change, so it's best to check back every so often.

Date Start End Description Topic Links
JUKIN' IDIOM DANCE BLUES SERIES
This style of blues dance evolved in the juke joints along the Mississipi Delta up through Chicago. These idiom dances are perfect for mid-tempo urban or country blues music.
2/2/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Blues Idioms: Struttin' - Basic Frame and Footwork
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals I
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
2/9/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Blues Idioms: Struttin' - Texas Tommy Turns
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals II
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
2/16/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Blues Idioms: Struttin' - Footwork Variations
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals III
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
2/23/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Blues Styling: Jukin' footwork, turns, and musicality
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals I
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
3/2/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Blues Idioms: Slow Drag
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals II
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
3/9/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Blues Idioms: Mooch + Grind
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals III
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
3/16/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Blues Idioms: Fish Tail + Funky Butt
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals I
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
3/23/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Blues Idioms: Shake n' Bake + Four Corners
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals II
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
SPECIAL CLASS - HOUND DOG DANCE ROUTINE
Created by Dexter Santos, learn the dance routine performed to Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog". This routine will incorporate variations of the moves learned in the previous weeks, as well as a few more.
3/30/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Hound Dog Dance Routine
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals III
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
FUSION DANCING SERIES
One of the fun challenges of fusion dancing is learning how to mix/mash other social dance styles to a wide variety of music. This series will teach you some basics of various social dance styles, and how you might incorporate them into your fusion dancing.
4/6/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Fusion: Incorporating Tango and Blues
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals I
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
4/13/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Fusion: Incorporating Swing and Blues
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals II
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
4/20/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Fusion: Incorporating Cha Cha and Blues
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals III
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
4/27/2018 Blues and Fusion Lounge
7:45 pm 8:30 pm Progressive Class Fusion: Musicality / Style Switching*
8:30 pm 8:45 pm Break/Practice
8:45 pm 9:30 pm Fundamentals Class Blues Fundamentals I
9:30 pm 11:30 pm Blues Music and Dancing
11:30 pm 1:30 am Fusion Music and Dancing
* This special class is aimed at people who know multiple dance styles who want to learn how to read the music to find opportunities to smoothly switch between various dance styles. This class will be most helpful if you have some basic to intermediate understanding of at least two of the following styles: Blues, Tango, West Coast Swing, Cha Cha. This is not a class for beginner dancers.