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).

We organise a special ambitious class (optional) for those among you who really want to challenge themselves. In this extra two-hour class you’ll be challenged a lot and you’ll have to work hard. Is this exactly what you are looking for? Sign up with a partner (we won’t rotate during this class) and let us know why you feel you belong in the ambitious class. 

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). 

Level

Attention: There are no auditions before classes, because we trust your judgement. If we feel you would benefit more in another group, we reserve the right to ask you to switch levels.

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.

Ambitious class (optional)

There is no level requirement for this class, except some basic knowledge of couple dancing. We  ask that you are very motivated and ready for challenge. To handle the mixed level, we won’t switch partners. So you need to register with a partner. 

Solo Track

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’.

Schedule *

Saturday Couple blues:                          Saturday Solo Track:                              Sunday (couple blues)

11:00 – 13.00 ambitious class                  13:00 registration                                      14:30 – 18:00 classes (with breaks)

13:00: registration                                    13:30 – 18:30 classes (with breaks)           Sunday (solo blues)

13:30 – 18:30 classes (with breaks)                                                                            13:00 – 16:00 classes (with breaks)

* Changes are still possible

Location

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.

 
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