Put Some Blues In Your Swing: Workshops with Jan Marie!

Saturday, November 3, 2012
MIT Building 36, room 112

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For any swing dancer who wants to learn blues, or who knows swing & blues but can't quite seem to put them together, these are the workshops for you!

image of couple blues dancing

What Makes The Blues, The Blues (1-2 p.m.)

Whether you're new to blues or a seasoned veteran, you'll leave this class with a solid set of blues fundamentals. In this hour-long class we will cover proper posture, pulse, patterning, and partnering, and contrast what we learn of blues with what we already know of swing.

Blues That Swings (2:15-3:15 p.m.)

Music "too fast" to blues to? Nonsense! We'll do a run-through of some of Jan Marie's favorite crossover blues movements, so that no matter how swingin' the band gets, you can still stay true to your newfound blues roots.

Same Moves, Different Mood (3:30-4:30 p.m.)

No need for new "blues moves"--sometimes changing the mood is all about execution. For swing dancers of all levels, we'll learn how to use our pre-existing bag of swing tricks in a blues context. We'll take a more in-depth look at blues styling and how to adapt it to the swing moves we already know. Be prepared to put the gush in our pushes, the grit in our digs, and the lag in our drag.

Feedback/Q&A (4:30-5 p.m.)

Jan Marie will be sticking around for an extra half-hour to answer any lingering questions you have about class content! Feel free to stay and dance amongst yourselves, get feedback, and ask any questions you need.


MIT Students: FREE!!!!!!!!!!!! (with student ID)
General: $10 per class OR $20 for the full day (3 classes + Q&A session)

About Jan Marie:

Whether dancing, teaching, organizing, or singing a ditty or two, Jan Marie has been active in the blues & swing communities for the past six years. As a teacher, Jan Marie focuses on helping students develop self-awareness, musical movement, and communicative connection-- rather than just patterns and steps. She strives to empower students to define and assert their own dance voices in partnered movement.

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