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Thursday Evening

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Social Dance at Blues Union
Sold Separately
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Intermediate+ Lesson
8:30pm – 9:30pm
Beginner Lesson
9:30pm – 12:00am
Band TBA
Live Music

Friday Evening

Drag me! ↔ I'm best in landscape (Turn your phone.)
Social Dance at WCYC
8:45pm – 11:45pm
~9:30pm
Special Performance (TBA)
~10:30pm
Special Performance (TBA)
Late Night at Imagine Cambridge
12:00am – 1:00am
DJ'd music by Susan Olson
~1:00am
Special Performance (TBA)
1:00am – 2:00am
DJ'd music by Odysseus Bailer
2:00am – 3:30am
DJ'd music by Emily Nybo

Saturday

Drag me! ↔ I'm best in landscape (Turn your phone.)
Workshops at MIT
About workshops, click/tap any class for details.
Rooms
Kresge A
Room 201
Room 407
Room 491
10:30am – 11:30am
The Fast and the Curious
Chris and Amanda
Choreo, All Levels
Harlem Slow Drag
Ruth and Mike
Social, Hard, BYOP
The Essence of Blues
Laney and Joey
Social, Beginner-Friendly
Choreography from Oz!
Mike and Dan
Choreo, All Levels, Solo
The Fast and the Curious
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Always wanted to choreograph a piece, but never felt like you had the time? Had an awesome idea for that one song, but couldn't put the moves to music? Amanda and Chris are here to take your choreo from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds flat! Okay, probably more than 5 seconds, but faster than you think. We'll start from song choice and leave you with a frame for the future. Though this is an All Levels class, we recommend that you've been dancing at least a few months, since blues technique will not be specifically covered. Please note, this class is 2 class periods
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Harlem Slow Drag
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Combine fabulous spinal action with diagonal footwork patterns in this challenging and dynamic dance. Warning: this dance is highly addictive - you may find yourself wanting to sway the night away.
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The Essence of Blues
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You may have wondered, what exactly is blues dance? Well, we’re going to boil it down for you. Expect to come away from this class with a solid understanding (or refresher) of what makes blues dance unique as an art form, and the ability to strip down your dancing to the essentials. We’re headed back to basics, y’all, because we all need more of them.
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Choreography from Oz!
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Ok, so it’s not actually from Australia, but we did create it there. This is a solo choreography that showcases how we think about composition, musicality, and dynamism. Also, some cool transitions - because we can!
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11:45am – 12:45pm
The Fast and the Curious
Chris and Amanda
Choreo, All Levels
Stretch and Momentum
Mike and Dan
Social, Hard, BYOP
Close Embrace
Julie and Ruth
Social, Beginner-Friendly
Gendered Movement Exploration
Laney, Joey, and Nathaniel
Social, All Levels, Solo
The Fast and the Curious
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Always wanted to choreograph a piece, but never felt like you had the time? Had an awesome idea for that one song, but couldn't put the moves to music? Amanda and Chris are here to take your choreo from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds flat! Okay, probably more than 5 seconds, but faster than you think. We'll start from song choice and leave you with a frame for the future. Though this is an All Levels class, we recommend that you've been dancing at least a few months, since blues technique will not be specifically covered. Please note this class is 2 periods long
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Stretch and Momentum
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Stretch and momentum can easily be oversimplified, but truly advanced dancers know that the timing and precision of great mechanics can be overwhelming sometimes. We’re here to help!
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Close Embrace
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Close embrace is an essential connection style for many blues dances, but can also be quite challenging. In this class, we’ll work on getting your close embrace feeling comfortable to you and your partner, leading & following clearly here, and exploring the variety that close embrace has to offer.
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Gendered Movement Exploration
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All genders welcome! We’ll be exploring gender expression through movement: what movements feel and look gendered *to you*? What movements feel most true to yourself? How does thinking about movement as gendered change when we’re in a blues context?
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12:45pm – 1:15pm
Lunch Break
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Appropriation is Giving Me the Blues (Room 491)
Breai
Lecture
Appropriation is Giving Me the Blues (Room 491)
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Description TBA
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2:25pm – 3:25pm
Choreography Competition Prelims
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Strut and Stride
Ruth and Mike
Social, Hard, BYOP
Putting the Social in Social Dance
Laney and Joey
Social, Beginner-Friendly
The Great Debate
Breai
Lecture
Choreography Competition Prelims
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Please see the competition page for further details
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Strut and Stride
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Take your Ballroomin’ Blues game up a notch as we delve into Strut and Stride. These two idiom dances have distinct music and characters. For each dance, we will explore the movement technique, lead and follow dynamics, and personal expression.
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Putting the Social in Social Dance
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A whole weekend full of classes often gets us in our heads about the dancing - let’s get out of our heads and into the moment with our partner! We’ve got some surprising techniques to bring your social blues dancing up to level ten.
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The Great Debate
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Description TBA
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3:40pm – 4:40pm
Choreography Competition Prelims
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The Devil's in the Details
Mike and Dan
Social, Hard, Solo
Turn it Around
Julie
Social, Beginner-Friendly
Tricks from Close Embrace OR Adventurous Slow Hugging!
Joey
Social, Intermediate+
Choreography Competition Prelims
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Please see the competition page for further details
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The Devil's in the Details
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We’re going to give you a collection of solo moves, but we’re giving you super-specific (and hopefully super-cool) versions, to challenge you mentally and physically!
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Turn it Around
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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!
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Tricks from Close Embrace OR Adventurous Slow Hugging!
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After a long day of hugs, sometimes you just need even more hugs! We’ll get a little adventurous in this last class, with some tricks that can be performed from close embrace.
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4:50pm – 5:50pm
M&M Prelims (Room 491)

Saturday Evening

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Social Dance at WCYC
8:45pm – 11:45pm
Joshua Fialkoff and the Odd Fellows
Live Music Ballroomin Blues night co-sponsored with Swing City
Set breaks DJ'd by Emily Nybo
~9:30pm
Special Performance (TBA)
~10:30pm
Choreography Competition Finals
Late Night at Imagine Cambridge
12:00am – 1:00am
DJ'd music by Ross Blythe
~1:00am
M&M Competition Finals
1:00am – 2:00am
DJ'd music by Susan Olson
2:00am – 4:00am
DJ'd music by Andi Hansen

Sunday

Drag me! ↔ I'm best in landscape (Turn your phone.)
Workshops at MIT
About workshops, click/tap any class for details.
Rooms
Kresge A
Room 201
Room 407
Room 491
10:30am – 11:30am
Drape and Drag
Ruth and Mike
Social, Hard, BYOP
"Buck" Choreography
Nathaniel
Choreo, All Levels, Solo
Dance Games
Julie and Mike L
Social, All Levels
Mood, Character, and Artistry
Laney and Joey
Social, Intermediate+
Drape and Drag
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Inspired by early slow jazz dancers, we'll add some melt, shape, and drape into your ballroomin' blues. Power into dramatic drags and add some burst to your turns. This style impresses partners and viewers alike.
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"Buck" Choreography
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This choreography will encourage us to embody the suave confidence that Nina expresses in her unapologetically sensual single "Buck".
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Dance Games
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Looking for inspiration? Need a way to narrow down your ideas? Do you do things in classes but never end up using them on the social floor? Mike and Julie will give you some fun and useful games to use while social dancing, to help you with all of these things.
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Mood, Character, and Artistry
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Ever feel like your dancing takes on a predictable pattern? That you get “stuck” doing the same 3 movements over and over? Playing with character is a powerful way to break free of those ruts that we all get into. This class will probably push your comfort zone and is designed to challenge you to new heights of expression and artistry.
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11:45am – 12:45pm
Dancing to Difficult Music
Laney
Social, Intermediate+
Authenticity in Performance
Ruth and Julie
Choreo, All Levels
The Universe in a Single Step
Mike and Dan
Social, Beginner-Friendly
How Do We Fix It? A Look at Case Studies
Breai
Lecture
Dancing to Difficult Music
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There’s a lot of blues music out there that was created as dance music, but is difficult for the current community to dance to - specifically piedmont, country, and delta blues. This class will explore mental and physical tools to address particular elements of difficulty in these genres.
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Authenticity in Performance
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How do you build and perform a character that is realistic and authentic? How do you act without seeming like you're "acting"? How can your character integrate with your dance, instead of taking away from it? This class will explore those questions, in a blues dance performance context.
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The Universe in a Single Step
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Are you really as precise as you could be in your leading/following of a step? Are you crafting it with all the attention you that you could be? Let’s zoom in and give this fundamental piece of dance the love it deserves!
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How Do We Fix It? A Look at Case Studies
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12:45pm – 1:15pm
Lunch Break
1:15pm – 2:15pm
The Plan for Our Scene (Room 491)
Breai
Lecture
The Plan for Our Scene (Room 491)
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Description TBA
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2:25pm – 3:25pm
... Lag
Julie
Social, Hard
Unison and Individuality in Choreography
Ruth and Mike
Choreo, Intermediate+
Contrabody
Mike and Dan
Social, Intermediate+
Isolate that Bad Ass
Nathaniel
Social, All Levels, Solo
... Lag
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Lag is many things--an essential ingredient of blues dancing, a way we interact with the beat as dancers, and a way followers interact with leaders. In this class, we'll explore the technique and artistry behind partnered lag--the lag between leaders and followers--how & why followers can create it and use it in a dance, and ways leaders can react to it and use it to shape their side of the dance.
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Unison and Individuality in Choreography
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If you are choreographing for a group of dancers, how do you play to their strengths and their skill levels? How much do you strive for uniformity vs. differences? When creating a duet, either partnered or solo, how can you give each dancer their own distinct voice within the dance? How do you create polish while embracing individuality? We love this topic and will share our best thoughts and practices with you.
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Contrabody
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You may have heard of contrabody, and think, “left leg forward, right shoulder forward.” You’re not wrong, but it’s so much more than that, too! Great contrabody movement is hard to achieve, but is both delightful and practical.
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Isolate that Bad Ass
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We will run through the mechanics of isolations, and drilling to make our isolations more efficient and less restricting so that we can dance with isolations as opposed to making the dance about isolations.
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3:40pm – 4:40pm
Get Your Feet in the Sand
Mike and Dan
Social, Intermediate+
Line Dance
Lady B
Choreo, All Levels
Boxes are Back!
Chris and Amanda
Social, Intermediate+
Be Real
Ruth and Mike
Social, All Levels
Get Your Feet in the Sand
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Sand isn’t a specific dance, but rather a way of moving legs and feet. It’s challenging, but also really damn cool. This class is all about the nitty-gritty technique and mechanics to make it look effortless, plus a few fancy footwork ideas to take home.
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Line Dance
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Boxes are Back!
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The best dances happen when both partners are inspired together to do things they've never done before. Learn to boost your creativity by limiting yourself, and have fun by listening to the music and each other. Come for the laughs, stay for the new moves!
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Be Real
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What makes you, you? Individuality is an important part of all of the blues dances. Bringing that individuality means being able to express yourself on the dance floor authentically. In this class we will explore ways to dance as yourself.
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Sunday Evening

Drag me! ↔ I'm best in landscape (Turn your phone.)
BBQ Dinner at WCYC
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Sold Separately
Social Dance at WCYC
8:30pm – 11:45pm
Amy Kucharik and Tiger Moan
Live Music
Set breaks DJ'd by Ross Blythe
~9:30pm
Special Performance (TBA)
~10:30pm
Special Performance (TBA)
Late Night at Forge
12:00am – 1:00am
DJ'd music by Emily Nybo
1:00am – 2:00am
DJ'd music by TBA
2:00am – 3:00am
DJ'd music by Ross Blythe
3:00am – 4:00am
DJ'd music by Susan Olson