We have a three-person team who work tirelessly to bring you blues dancing all year long in New York City!

Flouer Evelyn

Blues Dance New York founder
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Flouer Evelyn has spent most of her life traveling the world performing and teaching a variety of dance genres, but she always finds herself back home in New York City. The concrete her bones, the subway her nervous system, and the people her white blood cells, she is thankful to embody this city, carving out beautiful spaces for community and partner dancing.

To this end, in 2011 she formed Blues Dance New York, through which she ran weekly dances & classes, taught workshops, organized, and DJ’d for 5 years. Nocturne Blues, a large National event, came next and ran from 2013-2016. Expanding & integrating into the other partner dance forms in her repertoire (Latin Ballroom, WCS, Zouk, Contact Improv, Lindy, etc…), she formed Fusion Dance NYC in 2013.

As her engagements out of town became more diverse, in the fall of 2015 she began to take a backseat in the BDNY organization, leaving it in the capable hands of Melissa & Laura. These days Flouer still has her hands full researching, teaching, and DJing Blues and Fusion full time, running Fusion Dance NYC, and hosting the occasional Blues workshop & party. Come find her on the dance floor!

Melissa Cohen

Director of Friday Night Blues NYC
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Melissa found blues dancing in 2012 and quickly fell in love. For two years she almost never missed a class, and was an active volunteer and community member. Then she began teaching, became more and more involved in the community, and finally took over the event from Flouer Evelyn in Fall of 2015.

Melissa feels strongly about creating community. She loves blues dancing as an art form but also feels like some of her most heartfelt friendships have developed through the blues scene. Her goal is to have a warm, friendly, welcoming scene where people can hone their blues dancing skills, have great dance experiences, and make great friends.

Laura Chieko

Curriculum Coordinator and Webmaster
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Laura has a passion for education and spreadsheets.  You need information or people organized?  Laura’s your girl.  An educator by trade, Laura Chieko has been involved in education for over a decade, she is the mastermind behind the fundamentals curriculum at Friday Night Blues. She has extensive experience as an instructor through FIRSTⓇ LEGO League, middle school STEM education, and university-level biology classes. Laura has experience in curriculum development through designing lesson plans for the Girl Scouts Columbia River Council, Northwest Residence Outdoor School, and the New York University Department of Anthropology.