Partner Blues Classes (Full Pass)
Teachers: Krystal & Adam Wilkerson | Dan Repsch | Adamo & Vicci | Rachel Stirling
From 1 to 2 years of dancing
If you have been dancing Blues for more than one year, often participate in social dances and have attended more than one international festival, you belong in this group.
At this level, you will improve your musicality and technique of partner dancing, learn new movements and strengthen your fundamentals to make the jump to advanced.
You have mastered the basics and you can dance loosely at any position.
If you have been dancing Blues for more than two years, you have regularly attended international festivals and you have been learning at an advanced level, this is your group.
At this level, you will learn new complex partner techniques and you will challenge your musicality and rhythm.
You are able to dance all rhythms and you regularly dance with the most advanced dancers.
BLUES ADVANCED +
If you have been dancing for more than 4 years and you are known in the international Blues scene, this is your group.
At this level the complexity of movements will be very high.
You are a regular at international festivals, you are always in classes at the highest level and you often partake in competitions.
Liberato Method (Full Pass)
Teachers: Xandy Liberato
– Different ways of communicating in dance
– Body techniques of release and flow
– Dance with minimum effort
– How to manage the energy in dance
Solo Blues (Half Pass)
Teachers: Rachel Stirling & Krystal Wilkerson
SOLO BLUES TOPICS
“Shape It Out” (Rachel, class 1)
It’s really fun to create cool lines and shapes at the ends of moves, but how do we integrate those ideas fully into our bodies and our blues dancing? In this class we’ll explore creating more interesting shapes, as well as how to use spine movement and stretch and release in your body to make them feel fantastic and look like dancing instead of posing. After all, it’s the journey not the destination, right?
“We’re Jammin’ and they’re Jelly” (Rachel, class 2)
We’re bringing the party to you! This class will show you a variety of ways to have fun jammin’ with people, from jam circles to soul trains, from riffin’ to cuttin’. You’ll learn the range of formats and etiquettes you need to know for different occasions and by the end you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ like a bad mother- shut your mouth!
“Musicians & Musicality” (Krystal, class 3)
Musicians take command of notes to create rhythms, textures, notes, and emotion to create beautiful works of art. We’ll focus on these elements and learn about the lives of a musician to see how that inspires you as a dancer to tie your dancing closer to the music and investigate how music moves each of us in different ways to create unique works of movement art.
“Competitions: Every Role is Important” (Krystal, class 4)
When a competition is happening, everyone in the room has an important role. We will get the chance to explore the duties, joys, and challenges for each role and see which role comes naturally (or less so) for you.
Afrobeat (Half Pass)
Teacher: Queen Makady
-How to turn pain into the art of dancing
-The basics of afro fusion (Afrobeats rhythms, Afrohouse, Kuduro y Coupé Decalé)
Roots & Culture (Half Pass)
Teacher: Corey Harris
What are the African roots of the blues? How did the blues culture develop in the southern United States, and what other styles of music grew out of it? In this presentation we will examine the history of the blues and how it continues to influence and inform cultures around the world. Of course, music is the expression of a culture, so we will closely consider the history of the Black men and women whose experience spawned the blues. What are ‘the blues’, yesterday and today?What were their lives like? What motivated them to sing and play the blues? What did it mean to be a Black blues singer in the oppressive racism that was an everyday reality in Jim Crow America? How can the blues as a cultural movement point the way forward for Black and popular culture? Central to this discussion will be the banjo as a foundational instrument in the Americas, the heavy influence of west African griot (aka djeli) music and culture, the Black church tradition, and the primary importance of the work song in the development of the culture of African Americans, those who are called ‘bluespeople’. We will examine the roots blues as the culture and history of a people in their quest for freedom and self determination. As the legendary bluesman Willie Dixon once said, “The blues is the roots. Everything else is the fruits.