Thursday, November 7, 2013

Blues and Solo Dancing in November

Hey folks and sundry; Elise here!  Have I got some news for you...

Monday Night Solo Movement Classes




This month is very exciting - on Monday nights, we'll be going over the fundamentals of solo movement!  This means line dances, choreographies and snappy solo moves, but it also means improvisation techniques from the ground up.

Last week, we covered the entire Jitterbug Stroll, a groovy line dance choreographed by Ryan Francois.  This coming Monday, the 11th, we will round off the Jitterbug stroll and then lay down the complete Shim Sham, as choreographed by the one and only Frankie Manning!  Further and more complicated line dances await!

In improvisation, we explored Musicality in terms of structure, mood, and musical comments.  We had a lot of fun with interactive activities like "Find the One," "Mood Charades," and "Instrumental Simon Says."  We illustrated the structure of standard 32-bar form, and we explored using our movements to express emotions and musical phrases.  Coming up next week, the many wonderful uses of Contrast in expressive, musical solo dancing!

Also coming up...

A Milwaukee Blues Dance!




Also on the radar for this month is Milwaukee's own Harvest Blues Dance, following up on the amazing fun and energy we had at this summer's Blues Revival!  Save the 22nd of November, the Friday before Thanksgiving, for your glorious blues enjoyment.

Where?
B-Fit Studios, 2nd floor of 219 N. Milwaukee Street.  Parking in a nearby lot on Milwaukee & Buffalo.

When?
Friday, November 22, 2013
8:00-8:30 - beginner blues lesson with Elise and Justin
8:30-10:00 - tunes spun by local DJ Justin Raibolt
10:00-11:30 - further tunes by local DJ Henry Boeh

How much?
Cover $8

What else?
This is a potluck event, as befits the season!  Please bring snacks and drinks to share and enjoy!
This event is also BYOB, but only ages 21 and up allowed in.

Anything else?

Also A Milwaukee Blues Dance Workshop!


[Photo credit: Ben Hejkal Photography]
Don't put your calendars away - there will also be a Blues Dance Workshop, taught by Tory Bahe and Chicago's Bob Bednarz, on the day right after the dance (Saturday, November 23)!  More details will be posted as soon as we know. This will be one amazing weekend, everyone - I hope to see you all there!


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