This quarter was the first time I have actually taught a continuous set of blues lessons in my life. There I’ve said it. The cat is out of the bag! I mean I have always been trying to figure out moves with my friends even before I even knew it was called “blues dancing”. I remember finding a page on Apple’s .mac webpages of “dance moves” and trying to copy it at school. Last night marks the end of the first quarter of 2010 and the end of drop-in beginner blues class hosted by Bees Knees Dance. It will soon be replaced in April by a progressive series (wow!) beginner blues class. Here a few things that I’ve learned along the way (please note I am no expert in teaching or teaching methodologies).
Photo taken at the back of the Yonge & Bloor Studio, where I practically live when not watching Caprica at home.
Pictures from Dovercourt Blues!
A few pictures from the Pirates of Dovercourt Night! A special edition of Saturday Night Swing hosted by Bees Knees Dance
Tyler Yarema in Ottawa Saturday March 20th (During Steven and Virginie Weekend). I was exceptionally impressed with the dance Saturday in Ottawa. The music was clicking, the dancing was clicking, it was the best night of dancing I have had in months. Continue reading
A few pictures from the Toronto Blues Society’s “FRESH BAKED BLUES” event at the Cadillac Lounge, this Thursday, March 18th. (p.s. if you like the photos or are in the photo, give me a shout!)
The two artists are, Ginger St. James & Chloe Watkinson and the Crossroads.
Here’s a video!
When I moved back to Vancouver from Toronto, I had missed out on a great opportunity to take classes with Daniel Heedman and Åsa Palm who visited Toronto to teach workshops. But the week after, they came to teach in Vancouver for Rhythm City Mess Around, along with Mike Faltesek & Casey Schneider from Seattle (one of my favorite instructors, and only 3 hours away!)
Toronto dance organizers, take his name and band contact information down because that’s the SOUND that we want to HEAR so we can SWING. I was so pumped during the dance that at one point I just stopped dancing, with my always game follow (Marika), and just hollered back encouragement and madly stamped in front of the band stage.
Here is a video of the band playing a slow tempo Tuxedo Junction (shim sham). Video embedded from Arthur Lulu‘s site: