Extraordinary, liberating, magical, invigorating… these are just a few of the words thatÂ describe my experience at Sweet Molasses Blues 2018.Â I live in New York City, and recentlyÂ became familiar with blues dance and all that NYC has to offer on blues. I used to dance andÂ perform far more frequently and recently have found myself losing touch with my artistic self, asÂ the demands of everyday life and graduate school took over me. Blues dance is something thatÂ sparked the old flame I had years ago when dancing and musical theatre were my only priority.Â When I heard about the scholarship for Sweet Molasses Blues that Blues Dance New York wasÂ offering I knew, for my sanity, that I had to apply. I was overjoyed upon hearing of myÂ acceptance. Mostly because I would be able to immerse myself in the blues environment andÂ learn as much as I can, but also because I would be able to be surrounded by people whoÂ understand the magic of this dance.
As a lover of blues music and dance I couldnâ€™t wait to head up to Boston for theÂ weekend; however, I was a little nervous since I was going up alone and did not know too manyÂ people who would be attending. Sweet Molasses Blues went above and beyond my expectations.Â I was housed with a wonderful and warm human who made me feel at home immediately. TheÂ people who organized the event, as well as the attendees, were friendly and oh-so talented. WithÂ the fantastic and diverse workshops during the day and the spectacular social dances at night, IÂ truly felt like I was given a yearsâ€™ worth of experience in three days. Some of the workshopsÂ included, â€œIsolate That Bad Assâ€™, â€œGet Your Feet in the Sandâ€, â€œHarlem Slow Dragâ€, and â€œStrutÂ and Strideâ€. The teachers were experienced and approachable and cared about what they wereÂ teaching. The dancers on the dance floor at night guided and helped you.Â There were also a few competitions, and while I did not compete, I found it fascinating to watchÂ and to pick up steps. I found the dance spaces to be great as well. The workshops were held inÂ Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and I felt as if I were attending a dance school. The socialÂ dances were held in a large hall in West Cambridge Youth Center, which included a stage whereÂ incredible bands and singers performed. There was a late-night dance too (WITHÂ SNACKS)! They were held in a quirky little childrenâ€™s center (the last late-night was held in aÂ super cool after-hours bakery!) Lastly, the live music and DJs were to die for, as well as the soulÂ food dinner on the last night! Being able to dress up and dance the night away with beautifulÂ people was an experience I will not soon forget. This weekend ignited my soul and brought meÂ back to life.