Big City Blues
Here you find the info about the third edition in 2019
What’s it about?
Big City Blues offers three couple tracks, an optional ambitious class and one solo track.
In the couple track we’ll focus on the earlier and more authentic styles of blues dancing and music. These styles mainly, but not exclusively, originated in two different types of dance venues: the juke joint and the ballroom. We’ll work with both ends of the spectrum. The focus will be on rhythm, partner communication, ‘blues’ philosophy and specific movements. Because your solo movement is an important and basic part of couple dancing, we include an hour of solo dancing in this track.
You’ll have classes with Lauren (USA), Nejc (SI), Ira (UKR), Sep (BE), Jill (BE) and Alex (BE).
In our solo track we’ll offer a wide variety of blues dancing and music. With Els, Irene and Sep. You’ll be guided through a type of blues dancing that’s both raw and sensual. They’ll make sure you feel relaxed and confident while mastering some smoking hot blues moves. Els draws her inspiration from great solo dancers such as Sandra Gibson. Sep will touch a style of dancing that could be seen in the places where the jukebox determined the fashion, ranging from heavy classic blues, funky grooves to intens slow jazz. And Irene will make sure u add some real cool rhythm and original movement to that. We’ll take you on a journey from the vaudeville theaters to the party houses where blues thrived like never before.
You’ll have classes with Els (BE), Irene (GR) and Sep (BE).
We organise an extra Jump Blues Taster Class with Lauren and Nejc. A wonderful musical style in the blues family is called ‘Jump blues’, ‘Rhythm and Blues’ or ‘Apollo Jump’. Rather medium or uptempo swinging’ songs. How can we express ourselves to this music? Lauren and Nejc will share their secrets for this extra taster class. An addition cost of €12 is asked. This taster class is open for all levels.
The ambitious class is cancelled due to organisational reasons.
Attention: We have noticed that the level of registering participants is higher then expected. We will split up and define the groups according to the actual level of dancing experience. Therefore we’ll take time during the festival to dance together and organize balanced groups. This will happen on Saturday at 12h30.
Couple track – level 1
No prior experience or knowledge required. If you have never danced blues before or if you only took a couple of classes in the past, this is the place to be!
Couple track – level 2
You have been dancing blues for some time now? You’re accustomed to specific body movement, lead/follow dynamics and rhythmical dancing because of your previous (couple) dance experience? Great! See you in Level 2!
Couple track – level 3
You are a solid blues dancer, you’ve taken a decent amount of classes, you have been training and you have social danced a lot. Maybe you have even compete or performed. With this track, we like to challenge our more advanced blues dancers. In this classes we’ll pay more attention to details and more difficult exercises. If you doubt about this level, feel free to contact us.
You’re comfortable with dancing to blues music and you want to learn more? This track aims at the more experienced dancers, but we invite beginning blues dancers that don’t mind a challenge to join in. Beginners will be able to join the solo track, but the tempo will be higher than what is expected in a ‘beginners class’.
Saturday Couple blues: Saturday Solo Track: Sunday (couple blues)
11:15 – 12:20 registration 13:00 registration 14:30 – 18:00 classes (with breaks)
11:15 – 12.15 Jumpin Blues taster 13:30 – 18:30 classes (with breaks) Sunday (solo blues)
12:30 – 13:30 Group distribution 13:00 – 16:00 classes (with breaks)
13:30 – 18:30 classes (with breaks)
Classes will take place at “Danshuis De Ingang” in Ghent. Hurstweg 8, 9000 Gent.
Big City Blues is organised by LouisLou. Design by Claire Deberle.