Wait, blues is a dance? What is it like?
Blues is a lovely, relaxed style of dance, popular due to its simplicity, the potential for creativity and individual expression, and the amount of back-and-forth that occurs between partners, not to mention the amazing and versatile music. Having evolved out of the old jook joints in the USA, there is now an international blues dancing scene with classes and events run at cities around the world. To see a small snapshot of what blues can look like, check out the videos embedded below and on our homepage.
But I'm a terrible dancer, surely this isn't for me?
Congratulations, this is how all of us started out (because let's face it, we're in England). If you have ever stood on the edge of the floor wanting to bust some moves but not knowing how, then you're the kind of person we want to welcome to our community. Classes will start right at the basics to get you comfortable on the dancefloor.
It looks kind of close, is that necessary?
Blues can involve a close chest to chest connection in some situations. This may take some getting used to, but is not compulsory. Plus, our friendly teachers will show you how to dance in such a way that is comfortable and puts you in control your of personal space.
[From guys] Isn't dancing a bit unmanly?
Heck no, don't be silly! Skillfully performed movements can be kickass regardless of gender. Take Michael Jackson, James Brown or Gene Kelly, their dancing was an admired part of their talents.
Well, that does sound tempting, how should I start?
Great! There are two main options. For a relaxed introduction, come along to our weekly class, Blue Mondays, which features a beginner friendly hour from 8-9pm every week. Alternatively, if you want to give your blues a kick start we regularly run Zero to Hero workshops which will get you up on the dance floor faster than you can say 'Robert Johnson'.