Express Track Blues

New York City - September 27-29, 2019

Class Descriptions

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Fundamentals on the Fast Track

Funky Step Touch
Ruth Evelyn & Mike Sonder
Saturday @ 11:00a-12:00p
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Dress up your blues with some great body action! We’ll teach variations that keep you jamming on your groove and delighting your partner.
Comfortable Close Embrace
Galit Weinfeld & Odysseus Bailer
Saturday @ 12:15-1:15p
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Learn to dance with anyone comfortably in close embrace. We'll be working on creating the best compression, connection and feeling in your close dancing - and we'll embrace all your questions!
So You Want to Dance Fast
Laura Chieko & Ross Blythe
Saturday @ 2:30-3:30p
Level: Intermediate
When the tempo speeds up, do you leave the floor? When out dancing to live music, do half the songs seem really fast? Come learn our favorite strategies to dance lazily - I mean efficiently - to fast blues music. This class will focus primarily on fast blues that falls outside the range of struttin’ to keep you feeling and moving confidently.
The Slow Whirlpool
Ruth Evelyn & Mike Sonder
Saturday @ 3:45-4:45p
Level: Open Level (slower pace)
We love line of dance ballroomin’. It opens up different and interesting possibilities, letting you travel the full circle of the room. It creates a cohesive feeling of the entire room moving together. Learn to create the whirlpool together.
Turn It Around
Julie Brown
Sunday @ 11:00a-12:00p
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
This class covers different turns and techniques for leading & following turns in blues dancing. After this class, your turns will come out more clear, comfortable, and confident!
Blues for Lindy Hoppers
Galit Weinfeld & Odysseus Bailer
Sunday @ 12:15-1:15p
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
You dance Lindy Hop and you're so excited about Blues dancing! Blues and Lindy share many solo jazz movements and partner dance concepts like pulse, dance positions and rock steps. We'll take what we do know and fit it into a Blues aesthetic.
Dancer Eyes
Flouer Evelyn & Virginia Jimenez
Sunday @ 3:45-4:45p
Level: Intermediate
We will support you in building the skill of breaking down partnered movements into small repeatable sections. Anything you come across out in the wild can be broken down into manageable pieces that you can learn. We will train our bodies and “dancer eyes” to analyze and execute complicated movements with ease.

Dig That Move!

Break it Down: Solo Vocabulary
Flouer Evelyn
Saturday @ 11:00a-12:00p
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
You think you know your solo moves, but do you really? Can you break them into their parts? Break those parts into parts? In this class we will learn how to train our bodies to do the smallest of movements and repeat them, so that we can do the biggest and most complicated movements at ease.
Chicago Triple
Flouer Evelyn & Ruth Evelyn
Saturday @ 12:15-1:15p
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
THIS TRAIN HAS BEEN DELAYED!
Harlem Slow Drag
Ruth Evelyn & Mike Sonder
Saturday @ 2:30-3:30p
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Bring the cuddle of Slow Drag, with more complex body action that will open new musical possibilities in your dancing.
Elegance and Power: Digging on Savoy Walk Turns
Laura Chieko & Ross Blythe
Saturday @ 3:45-4:45p
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
A feature of Savoy Walk is the use of dynamic partner flash, often in the form of snappy or languid turns (as the music dictates, of course!). This class will showcase a few of our favorite moves; we’ll focus on lead and follow technique, outlining how each member of the partnership is actively engaged for successful execution and laying the groundwork for future innovation.
Solo Moves: Mix & Match
Galit Weinfeld & Odysseus Bailer
Sunday @ 11:00a-12:00p
Level: Intermediate
Do you find that you're always relying on the same moves over and over again? We'll make your old (awesome) moves new! Be prepared to play with combining upper and lower body movements and dancing in new and exciting ways.
Delta Blues
Julie Brown & Fenella Kennedy
Sunday @ 2:30-3:30p
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
THIS TRAIN HAS BEEN DELAYED!

Jam Block

Why We Like Dancing with Each Other
Laura Chieko & Ross Blythe
Saturday @ 11:00a-12:00p
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
This class is all about why we like dancing with each other, specifically the partner mechanics we use to create a positive environment and cozy, responsive connection. This would be aimed at advanced-intermediate students for how to bring their partner mechanics up to an advanced level.
Inclusive Pedagogy
Fenella Kennedy
Saturday @ 3:45-4:45p
Level: Advanced/Instructors - Everyone
Class is for everyone... yes, you too!
The wisest thing I've every heard about inclusive teaching is that "everybody is learning at a pace that will hurt somebody else." In this class we're going think about language and class practices that embrace everyone in their various inclusivity journeys, and how to create a space where people can take that journey further.
Funk Blues
Flouer Evelyn
Sunday @ 2:30-3:30p
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
What is it about that broken beat in funky blues that makes dancing to it so much fun? Using knowledge of social dances that were done to funk music at the time this blues genre was born, we'll talk about how we can shift our basic pulse to match that funky beat you love so much. Be prepared to break your brain by attempting complicated polyrhythms, take home lots of movement homework, and to be so cool you get hot and sweaty. Let's get our funk on and get up, to get down, and to party.
Trio Dancing!
Julie Brown, Ruth Evelyn & Mike Sonder
Sunday @ 3:45-4:45p
Level: Open Level
Want to dance with more than one of your friends at once? Too many follows or leads in your local scene? We offer you a solution - dance in a trio! We’ll cover some fundamentals of trio dancing for blues as well as a few of our favorite moves.

Lecture Hall

The Deep History Behind Blues Music
Lamont Jack Pearley & Odysseus Bailer
Saturday @ 2:30-3:30p
Level: All Levels
The history of Blues music is deeply rooted in the personal lives of musicians and the regional history of the places they lived. The goal of this lecture is to impart an understanding of how certain individuals, instruments and geographical locations helped to cultivate and inspire the many styles of blues that we enjoy listening and dancing to at our events.

Express Yourself!

Earl, Al, and Leon
Mike Sonder
Saturday @ 12:15-1:15p
Level: Open Level
We'll take inspiration from Earl Tucker, Al Minns, and Leon James to develop our skills. Find your own style, rooted in jazz and blues movement.
TBA
Julie Brown & Flouer Evelyn
Sunday @ 12:15-1:15p
Level:
THIS TRAIN HAS BEEN DELAYED!