Schedule

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Thursday Night Weekly Social Dance at Blues Union
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Intermediate+ Lesson
8:00pm – 9:00pm
Beginner Lesson
9:00pm – 11:30pm
Professor Harp
Live Music (Purchase tickets from Blues Union)
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Friday Evening Social Dance at WCYC
8:45pm – 12:00am
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson and his Magic Rockers
9:15pm Magic Rockers

~10pm Choreography Competition Finals
10:30pm Luther “Guitar Jr” Johnson and his Magic Rockers

Friday Late Night Social
12:00am – 2:00am
Bar Social at PARK Restaurant and Bar (59 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA)
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Saturday Workshops at Dance Complex
About workshops, click/tap any class for details. Special Workshops A or B require pre-registration. For all other classes attend whichever you want.
If this is your first time at the Dance Complex, please fill out this online form Dance Complex waiver ahead of time!
Rooms
Studio 1
Studio 6
Studio 7
10:30am – 11:50am
Special Workshop A: Social Dance Composition
Mike Legenthal and Dan Legenthal
Social, Performance

If musicality is how each choice in the moment maps to the music, composition is how those moments come together to form something larger. Just as we can examine composition in music or prose or photography, we can examine composition in our social dancing. And, we think, you *should* examine it, if you want to craft your dances with the same care and intention that any other artist would use.

This limited size class requires pre-registration here

No Class - Social Option at Clover
No Class

No Class - Social Option at Clover with one of our Sweet Social Coordinators, Danna. Grab some (savory?) breakfast and hang out with your Sweet friends!

11:00am - 12:00pm Studio 5 open practice
Self guided Studio 5

11:00am - 12:00pm Studio 5 open practice. Self guided.

Special Workshop A: Social Dance Composition
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If musicality is how each choice in the moment maps to the music, composition is how those moments come together to form something larger. Just as we can examine composition in music or prose or photography, we can examine composition in our social dancing. And, we think, you *should* examine it, if you want to craft your dances with the same care and intention that any other artist would use.

This limited size class requires pre-registration here

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No Class - Social Option at Clover
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No Class

No Class - Social Option at Clover with one of our Sweet Social Coordinators, Danna. Grab some (savory?) breakfast and hang out with your Sweet friends!

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11:00am - 12:00pm Studio 5 open practice
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Self guided Studio 5

11:00am - 12:00pm Studio 5 open practice. Self guided.

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12:00pm – 12:55pm
Beginner Friendly Close Embrace
Mike Legenthal and Dan Legenthal
Social

Dancing in close embrace can be intimidating, but it can be so very rewarding! We'll help you get past the pitfalls, and having dreamy, fun, dynamic dances in no time! We'll also talk about how you can get into and out of close embrace, and how you and your partner can use non-verbal communication to navigate those transitions.

Adaptive Close Embrace
Ruth Evelyn and Mike Grosser
Style, Middle of the road

Have you been dancing close embrace for years and want to diversify the way you connect to unlock more possibilities? This class is for you. Are you looking for ways to make close embrace comfortable for yourself and your partner, both physically and mentally? This is the class for you. Want to connect well with more partners of different heights, shapes, and experience levels? See you in class.

Cuttin'
Julie Brown, Joey Shelley, and Kenneth Shipp
Performance, Passing lane

Whether you’re experienced with cuttin’ or need an introduction to it, this class will sharpen your skills! This class will work through the overall structures & etiquette of cuttin’, as well as working on your cuttin’ content. You’ll get to choose your own adventure for getting an intro to cuttin’ content, working on cuttin’ composition, or building power moves. Then we’ll bring it all together and get hype in a circle!
Pre-req: Must be comfortable dancing solo blues

Beginner Friendly Close Embrace
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Dancing in close embrace can be intimidating, but it can be so very rewarding! We'll help you get past the pitfalls, and having dreamy, fun, dynamic dances in no time! We'll also talk about how you can get into and out of close embrace, and how you and your partner can use non-verbal communication to navigate those transitions.

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Adaptive Close Embrace
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Have you been dancing close embrace for years and want to diversify the way you connect to unlock more possibilities? This class is for you. Are you looking for ways to make close embrace comfortable for yourself and your partner, both physically and mentally? This is the class for you. Want to connect well with more partners of different heights, shapes, and experience levels? See you in class.

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Whether you’re experienced with cuttin’ or need an introduction to it, this class will sharpen your skills! This class will work through the overall structures & etiquette of cuttin’, as well as working on your cuttin’ content. You’ll get to choose your own adventure for getting an intro to cuttin’ content, working on cuttin’ composition, or building power moves. Then we’ll bring it all together and get hype in a circle!
Pre-req: Must be comfortable dancing solo blues

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1:05pm – 2:00pm
Funky Party Blues: Butts edition
Mike Grosser and Julie Brown
Social, Style, Middle of the road

In this class, we’ll focus on blues that’s about letting loose and having a good time! Learn some of Julie & Mike's favorite moves to dance to funky party blues. We'll explore a few different options for dancing solo and with a partner. Be proud of your butt and learn to shake that thing!

Pre-reqs: Having a butt (flat butt, round butt, any butt!)

Momentum
Ruth Evelyn and Kenneth Shipp
Social, Style, Passing lane

Many of the blues dances make use of momentum. Come take your technique to the next level in this class. We will also explore creativity and developing individual style within momentum.

"Patience, Young Padawan"
Mike Legenthal and Joey Shelley
Performance, Middle of the road

Only a Blues Sith deals in absolutes - always dancing big or small is the path of the Dark Side. We'll work on crafting moments that slice like light sabers, using minimalism to make memorable social dances.

Funky Party Blues: Butts edition
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In this class, we’ll focus on blues that’s about letting loose and having a good time! Learn some of Julie & Mike's favorite moves to dance to funky party blues. We'll explore a few different options for dancing solo and with a partner. Be proud of your butt and learn to shake that thing!

Pre-reqs: Having a butt (flat butt, round butt, any butt!)

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Many of the blues dances make use of momentum. Come take your technique to the next level in this class. We will also explore creativity and developing individual style within momentum.

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"Patience, Young Padawan"
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Only a Blues Sith deals in absolutes - always dancing big or small is the path of the Dark Side. We'll work on crafting moments that slice like light sabers, using minimalism to make memorable social dances.

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2:10pm – 3:30pm
No Class
No Class

No Class

Special Workshop B: Expand your Ballroomin'
Ruth Evelyn and Mike Grosser
Style, Middle of the road

Explore how the mood of different jazz-blues songs can influence your movement as a follower or as a leader. The broad range of moods, feelings, shapes, and textures we can dance within the umbrella of Ballroomin’ will enrich and develop your individual style and offer inspiration to your partners. We will also use concrete examples to discuss how freestyle ballroomin’ can evolve into a specific idiom.

Pre-requisites- people should be comfortable walking with a partner in close embrace.

This limited size class requires pre-registration here

No Class - Social Option
No Class

No Class - Social Option at Roxy's. Grab some grilled cheese, play some video games in the arcade, and hang out with your Sweet friends!

No Class
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No Class

No Class

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Special Workshop B: Expand your Ballroomin'
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Explore how the mood of different jazz-blues songs can influence your movement as a follower or as a leader. The broad range of moods, feelings, shapes, and textures we can dance within the umbrella of Ballroomin’ will enrich and develop your individual style and offer inspiration to your partners. We will also use concrete examples to discuss how freestyle ballroomin’ can evolve into a specific idiom.

Pre-requisites- people should be comfortable walking with a partner in close embrace.

This limited size class requires pre-registration here

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No Class - Social Option
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No Class

No Class - Social Option at Roxy's. Grab some grilled cheese, play some video games in the arcade, and hang out with your Sweet friends!

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3:30pm – 5:00pm
Lunch Break
5:00pm – 6:00pm
M&M Prelims (Studio 7)
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Saturday Evening Social Dance at WCYC
8:45pm – 11:45pm
Taryn Newborne and the Real Deal
Live music begins at 9pm!

Live Music Ballroomin Blues night co-sponsored with Swing City

Set breaks DJ'd by Gabrielle Kern
~9:30pm
~10:30pm
Special Performance by the B-Sides
Saturday Late Night Dance at Imagine Cambridge
12:00am – 1:00am
DJ'd music by Andi Hansen
~1:00am
1:00am – 2:30am
DJ'd music by Emily Thomas
2:30am – 4:00am
DJ'd music by Odysseus Bailer
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Sunday Workshops at Dance Complex
About workshops, click/tap any class for details. Sunday classes do not need pre-registration.
If this is your first time at the Dance Complex, please fill out this online form Dance Complex waiver ahead of time!
Rooms
Studio 1
Studio 7
Studio 2
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Observe the Fucks in my Garden
Ruth Evelyn and Julie Brown
Social, Style, Deep dive

Sometimes worrying about getting things right can get in the way of dancing. Come find out what Ruth & Julie care about in a partner dance and what they think you should toss right out of the garden.
Pre-reqs: Comfort dancing lead and/or follow in blues in multiple contexts and connections. Students will have put some thought into following or leading technique, musicality, & partnership already, and are prepared to challenge their expectations and think more deeply about their dance. Intermediate- to masters-level students will find this class comfortable and challenging.

Jukin’ Fundamentals
Mike Grosser and Mike Legenthal
Social, Deep dive

Connect with your partner and feel the music together. This class will give you the skills you need to have good dances to some essential styles of blues music.

Leader Choices
Dan Legenthal and Kenneth Shipp
Social, Style, Middle of the road

The choices we make as dancers about moves, aesthetic, rhythm, etc. are, unsurprisingly, really important to making good art.  As such, it's easy to focus on the 'what' and 'how' of dancing, and forget to put as much time into the 'why'.  This class will focus on exploring the impact of different choices one can make as a leader as well as what inspires you to make different choices.

Observe the Fucks in my Garden
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Sometimes worrying about getting things right can get in the way of dancing. Come find out what Ruth & Julie care about in a partner dance and what they think you should toss right out of the garden.
Pre-reqs: Comfort dancing lead and/or follow in blues in multiple contexts and connections. Students will have put some thought into following or leading technique, musicality, & partnership already, and are prepared to challenge their expectations and think more deeply about their dance. Intermediate- to masters-level students will find this class comfortable and challenging.

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Jukin’ Fundamentals
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Connect with your partner and feel the music together. This class will give you the skills you need to have good dances to some essential styles of blues music.

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The choices we make as dancers about moves, aesthetic, rhythm, etc. are, unsurprisingly, really important to making good art.  As such, it's easy to focus on the 'what' and 'how' of dancing, and forget to put as much time into the 'why'.  This class will focus on exploring the impact of different choices one can make as a leader as well as what inspires you to make different choices.

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1:30pm – 2:30pm
Lunch Break
2:30pm – 3:55pm
Complementary Rhythms
Mike Grosser and Dan Legenthal
Social, Middle of the road

Dancing satisfying rhythms by one-self feels good. When you add rhythmic interplay with partner and music, you have a recipe for next-level dancing. Explore this with Dan and Mike G, both of whom are musicians as well as dancers.

Follower Choices
Mike Legenthal and Julie Brown
Style
There's more than one right way to be a follower in blues dancing. Come explore the range of choices you have as a follower, and try on a few different follower styles. All class material is directed at followers; we will dance with each other to feel the results of our different choices.
Pre-reqs: Understand the basics of following in blues, including a basic understanding of grounding, lag, stretch & compression, and following turns & movement through space. Intermediate through masters students will find this material comfortable to challenging.
Interesting Partnered Patterns for Jazz
Ruth Evelyn and Kenneth Shipp
Social, Middle of the road

Play with your partnered patterns for jazz, expanding your vocabulary and finding building blocks for creativity.

Complementary Rhythms
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Dancing satisfying rhythms by one-self feels good. When you add rhythmic interplay with partner and music, you have a recipe for next-level dancing. Explore this with Dan and Mike G, both of whom are musicians as well as dancers.

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Follower Choices
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There's more than one right way to be a follower in blues dancing. Come explore the range of choices you have as a follower, and try on a few different follower styles. All class material is directed at followers; we will dance with each other to feel the results of our different choices.
Pre-reqs: Understand the basics of following in blues, including a basic understanding of grounding, lag, stretch & compression, and following turns & movement through space. Intermediate through masters students will find this material comfortable to challenging.
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Interesting Partnered Patterns for Jazz
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Play with your partnered patterns for jazz, expanding your vocabulary and finding building blocks for creativity.

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4:05pm – 5:30pm
Soul Train
Kenneth Shipp and Mike Grosser
Performance, Middle of the road

Soul train lines are a great way to feel group togetherness and also have your moment in the spotlight. Get ready to have fun and bring the party!

Bring Honor to Us All
Ruth Evelyn and Joey Shelley
Style, Deep dive

Curious how to make your dancing a reflection of who you are inside? We will contemplate what movements we each enjoy, and go on a journey to discover how to make other movements feel like they belong in your body. We will also examine how each of us leads and follows. How do you lead in ways that create a dance that is uniquely you? How does the way you follow influence the choices your partner makes while leading you?

Flow
Mike Legenthal and Dan Legenthal
Social

This class is going to be challenging. We're going being "when" and "where", and playing with acceleration and deceleration, with balance, with precision. This class will help you find your flow-related weaknesses, and find ways to improve them. Come prepared to work hard, and to fail... and then to practice, and then to get better.

Pre-reqs: Students in this class should already be very familiar with stretch and momentum, able to comfortably lead and follow complex passes and turns, and to have a strong sense of their own balance. If you're on the border for these pre-reqs but don't quite meet them, please bring a partner (or partners) rather than joining in rotation.

Soul train lines are a great way to feel group togetherness and also have your moment in the spotlight. Get ready to have fun and bring the party!

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Bring Honor to Us All
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Curious how to make your dancing a reflection of who you are inside? We will contemplate what movements we each enjoy, and go on a journey to discover how to make other movements feel like they belong in your body. We will also examine how each of us leads and follows. How do you lead in ways that create a dance that is uniquely you? How does the way you follow influence the choices your partner makes while leading you?

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This class is going to be challenging. We're going being "when" and "where", and playing with acceleration and deceleration, with balance, with precision. This class will help you find your flow-related weaknesses, and find ways to improve them. Come prepared to work hard, and to fail... and then to practice, and then to get better.

Pre-reqs: Students in this class should already be very familiar with stretch and momentum, able to comfortably lead and follow complex passes and turns, and to have a strong sense of their own balance. If you're on the border for these pre-reqs but don't quite meet them, please bring a partner (or partners) rather than joining in rotation.

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Sunday Soul Food Dinner at WCYC
Dinner included with full weekend pass and dance only pass. Door sales also available.
7:00pm – 8:30pm
DJ'd music by Kenneth Shipp
Sunday Evening Social Dance at WCYC
8:30pm – 11:45pm
Amy Kucharik and Tiger Moan
Live Music
Set breaks DJ'd by Andi Hansen
~9:30pm
Special Performance TBA!
~10:30pm
Special Performance TBA!
Sunday Late Night Dance at Forge
At our Sunday late night party we like to mix up the music a bit, so our DJs throughout the night will be playing a lot of blues and jazz with a bit of early R&B, soul, funk, modern R&B, party, and anything in between. Everything will be partner danceable and rooted in the blues we know and love.
12:00am – 1:00am
DJ'd music by Flouer Evelyn
1:00am – 2:00am
DJ'd music by Sarah Elise
2:00am – 3:00am
DJ'd music by Kenneth Shipp
3:00am – 4:00am
DJ'd music by Gabrielle Kern