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Describe Your Favorite Dance – in 1 Word

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At a recent fundraiser house party for “Them Bad Apples”, Mike and I put up one of our sticky white boards in the bathroom with a couple of markers.  On the white board it said “Give one word to describe your favorite dance moment”  The results are inspiring (and hilarious), so I wanted to share…

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Learning to Wait – Huffington Post Article

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This is a beautifully written article by one of Alfredo Melendez’s students.  It links dance to relationships…relationships to yourself, to your significant other, to your friends, and to the world at large.  The same idea of waiting may apply even more to Blues as it does in West Coast Swing.  Susan specifically talks about following…

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Etiquette for Blues

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These are some helpful guidelines for those who are new to blues dancing, and some reminders to those of us who have been around for awhile.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to the production of this document! For a downloadable PDF version, click here:    Etiquette for Blues – PDF Version        …

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Understanding Pulse for Jazz Musicians

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Here is a very interesting article sent to me by Cristine.  It gives the argument for using pulse in jazz music, rather than a metronome for your timing.  Interesting read, and makes you think about what tempo actually is.  How do you tap into the natural rhythms of the song and your body, rather than…

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Immersion Workshop MashUp- Feb 2013

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Here is a little mash-up video of our group presentations from the last workshop!  The Focus was “Smooth Aesthetics”.  We talked about things like balance, stretch, compression, and spent a ton of time on transitions.  Congrats everyone, and thanks for having so much fun with us!

Philly Invasion Video!

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Thank you to everyone for coming out to the Philadelphia Invasion last Friday, May 24th.  It was a truly epic night!  We had 11 people from Philly come in to teach, DJ and dance; and we had 5 people from Albany come down on the same night!  The music was great, the dancing was great,…

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Burlesque for Blues Performance Class

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Congratulations to all of you ladies who grabbed these classes by the horns and made them your own!  In only 4 rehearsals you accomplished so much.  This was a blast to put together, and I’m looking forward to working with you again soon!  

Winter Wonderland Choreography Class

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Winter Wonderland Choreography class! This is the video from our performance, December 2012. Congratulations to all of you- we created this piece together from scratch in only 4 rehearsals! For most of you, it was your first Blues performance ever, and even first dance performance. I look…

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DJ Battle- Stan’s Victory Dance!

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Congratulations to everyone who competed in the FNB DJ Battle,  October 2012! The participants were  Stan Tso, Jenny Sowden, Alfredo Melendez, and John Joven. In the end it was a very close call between Alfredo and Stan-  but our house DJ prevailed and won the competition through audience votes.  Here is his victory dance!

Blues Bomb! Union Square 3/12

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Here’s a video I made last year of our Blues Bomb in Union Square!  I finally got it up.  Thanks everyone for coming out, Leah Newcomb for organizing the event, Michael Ramirez for playing music, and crowd members for taking video and photos.  Enjoy