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Blues at Swing Patrol
by swingadmin on 30th July 2019
Blues dancing is about moving to blues music.
It was born from African-American movements and rhythms, expressing the blues music of the American south. It has a grounded, relaxed aesthetic that gives amazing freedom for creativity, and invites improvisation and individual expression, with diverse rhythms, shapes and stylings.
Today, modern blues dancing encompasses a big family of dances danced to blues music and jazz, and sometimes drawing on diverse influences such as tango and waltz, while embracing the long, rich history of blues music from it’s African-American roots to the vibrant contemporary culture.
With supreme focus on partnership connection, learning blues enhances skills that translate to all partner dancing.
It also provides ample opportunity to work on your solo movement, and add personality to all of your dancing.
Swing Patrol classes teach the full banquet of swing dances, so you can expect to learn a little bit of Blues dancing at your regular venue. If you’re keen to pick up more, we also have a number of options that really focus on Blues.
Learn To Dance In A Day – Blues
Saturday 7 September, Fitzroy
In this workshop you’ll learn how to dance to Blues music – express yourself and gain more appreciation of the music. We’ll teach you the fundamentals so you can feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor, and you’ll be blues dancing by the end of the afternoon.
With Kara Martin and Chris Gaspardis, two of Australia’s most experienced and sought-after blues instructors.
Register online and save $$.
Fitzroy Blues Dancing
Weekly classes and social dancing every Thursday night at The Kodiak Club in Brunswick Street.
Every week: All-levels class at 6.30pm, where we cover the basics so you can start anytime, and offer a little extra challenge for those with more experience.
Alternate fortnights: Advanced Blues class at 8pm OR social dancing at “Blues in the Attic”
Sunday Blues Night
A long-running institution in the Melbourne blues community, blues classes and free social dancing in the heart of the CBD.
We have classes for everyone, from total beginners to advanced level blues dancers, and a roster of some of the best teachers around, plus free social dancing every week to all kinds of blues music, courtesy of fabulous DJs.
Blues routines for Swing Patrol Performance Ball
Swing Patrol’s class venues are beginning to work on routines to perform on Saturday 21 September, at our annual Performance Ball. Our Blues venues are no exception. Learning a routine is a wonderful way to build your dance skills and make some great friends (even if you decide you don’t want to perform on the night.) Whether you’re a regular at Blues classes, or just want to take this opportunity to improve your Blues dancing and be part of the fun, follow Fitzroy Blues Dancing and Sunday Blues Night on Facebook for details of their performance routines.
Sunday 1 September, Melbourne
Introducing BLUES ROYALE! As a complement to the upcoming Lindy Royale, Swing Patrol presents an evening of blues competitions and social dancing to a live band!
Details at a glance:
1. Comps: Mix and Match, Strictly Blues, solo cutting!
2. Music: Live music for social and all comps!
3. Prizes: Yup, you betcha!
4. Location: The Exford Hotel, 199 Russel St Melbourne (crn Little Bourke St)
images by Cuskelly Photography