Welcome to our Online School
Beginner Survival Kit
This series of classes is designed to give new dancers all the skills they need to get out there and have a good time on the dance floor!
You will learn about the posture and basic steps used in blues dancing, the main holds and how to transition between them, how to lead moves and how to follow moves, and start to build up a pot of moves and vocabulary that you can draw from on the dance floor. At the end of these classes you should feel confident social dancing and improvising to a range of blues music styles.
Building Your Basics
This is the place to start if you’re new to blues dancing. Get to grips with the basic principles of the dance, learn to combine 2 basic steps, 4 different holds, and start to practice the all important concept of leading and following in a partner dancing.
Classes include: Posture, Pulse & Basic Step, The Blues Walk, Introduction to Leading and Following, Open Position, Closed Position, Side by Side position and an Introduction to Close Embrace.
Building Vocabulary: Basic Turns
Start to build up a pot of moves with some simple turning variations. This course teaches you some basic turning techniques and a variety of different turns for both followers and leaders. As well as learning new moves you will also develop your leading and following skills.
Classes include: Basic Outside Turn and Inside Turn, Walking Outside Turn and Inside Turn, communicating the difference between Momentum and Non-Momentum Turns, Leaders Turns and Free Turns.
Building Vocabulary: Side By Side
Side by side is a really versatile hold. It allows for some lovely travelling variations, is a great way to continue developing your leading and following skills and combines really well with turns and other moves. In this course we will teach you some of our favourite side-by-side variations and continue to build up your pot of dance moves.
Classes include: Side by Side: Changing Direction, Side by Side into Inside Turn variations, Side by Side into a Slide, Side by Side Triple Step and Side by Side Opposition.
‘Jookin’ or ‘Jook Joint’ blues refers to the group of blues idiom dances that originated in Jook Joints in the Mississippi Delta. Jook Joints were small, often ramshakle buildings where African American workers would go to drink, gamble, play music… and dance! Due to the limited space in such joints dancing was often in place with a focus on solo body movement and rhythmic steps as opposed to travelling steps. In these classes we will introduce you to some simple Jook Joint moves to get your hips shaking and add some style and attitude to your dancing!
Classes include: Adding Attitude, a number of Hip Push variations, Hip Styling in Turns, Dancing in Opposition and The Shimmy.
Ballroom Blues, or Ballroomin’, refers to the sort of blues dance that developed in ballrooms and dance halls, danced predominantly to more melodic styles of blues played by the Big Bands of the Swing Era. Thanks to the spacious floors in such venues this style of blues tends to travel more, with more elegant lines and continuous momentum.
Classes include: Close Embrace, a number of Dancing in Promenade variations, Outside Turn variations, Inside Turn variations, Close Embrace Rotation and The Slide.
This series of classes includes the main skills and ideas that we believe are essential in becoming a good, no… a great blues dancer!
The techniques and ideas explained in this series will underpin the majority of all our other classes. In this series you will explore techniques such as stretch, frame and swing in more detail, deepen your understanding of the lead-follow relationship in blues dancing and develop your skills in our beloved close embrace.
Close Embrace Intensive
Close embrace can be the most comfortable, wonderful place to be, where your troubles are swept away and you and your partner are magically moving as one to the music. In this close embrace intensive course we give you some of our top tips for making close embrace comfortable and wonderful. You will be given some exercises to practice, lots of imagery to help you and some vocabulary to challenge your close embrace.
Classes include: Posture, Pulse and Points of Connection; Contrabody movement; Connection Drills; Close Embrace Rhythm Changes; Travelling Triple Steps; The Lunge; Clockwise Rotation; Anticlockwise Rotation; and Pivot Turns.
Stretch & Frame
The words ‘stretch’ and ‘frame’ are often used by dance teachers, but what do they really mean? This course starts with explanations of what frame and stretch are, and how they are useful in our dancing. It then develops on to look at how we can use stretch to add dynamics to our dancing, using a number of drills and exercises to help you put these ideas into practice. Both leaders and followers will work on using stretch and frame in both arms, and practice maintaining these essential skills throughout a variety of moves and turns.
Classes include: What is Frame?; What is Stretch?; Speed Changes; Mirroring Exercises; and a number of Pass By and Turning variations to put Stretch and Frame into Context.
In The Swing of It
The ‘swing’ is a foundation of the way we dance and something we are really passionate about! We believe that ‘swing’ creates an energy that can be redirected around the dance floor, maintaining flow in the dance, allowing smooth transitions between moves and effortless communication between the leader and follower when changing speed and direction. This course will let you into our secret of ‘swing’ giving you a mixture of set moves and exercises to put this idea into context.
Classes include: Adding Swing in our Solo Dancing; Adding Swing in our Partner Dancing; Absorb & Redirect; Communications Challenges; Fast Redirections; Effortless Dynamics; Seamless Transitions; and The Flow Exercise.
The Blues Aesthetic
When people refer to blues dancing they are actually using a shorthand term for ‘blues idiom dances’. Blues idiom dances were at one time many seperate dances, however they shared a particular aesthetic and it is this ‘blues aesthetic’ that we will be exploring in this course. With some historical context we will be looking at what makes blues dancing different to other dances in relation to posture, connection to the music, the way we interact with our partner and the shapes we create with our bodies.COMING SOON
The Blues Conversation
An essence of blues music, and therefore blues dancing, is the playful interaction between musicians… or in our case, dancers. We find the relationship of lead and follow in blues dancing a wonderful and fascinating topic and we’re excited to share our views with you! This course will give you insight into how we see the lead-follow relationship, our words of wisdom about how to be a great partner, and some exercises to practice the skill of leading and following.COMING SOON
The courses in this series are designed to enrich your vocabulary, making your dancing more varied and exciting.
You will learn a wide range of different blues moves, from gritty hip shaking moves, to elegant travelling steps, funky footwork and dramatic dips! All these classes are suitable for intermediate and advanced dancers. Each package starts with more basic moves and techniques and develops in difficulty as the classes progress.
Our Favourite Moves
We are delighted to share this course with you, packed full of our some of our favourite moves! These moves are the kind of moves you’ll see us do when we dance together socially and we wanted to share them with you! The moves are a variety of levels and use a range of different techniques. The classes are progressive so we suggest you start with class number 1 and work you way through the course. Most of all we hope you have fun! We look forward to seeing more people dancing these moves!
Catches are some of our favourite moves to do on the dance floor. The idea of catches is to ‘catch’ and absorb the momentum of a move and redirect it somewhere else. In this course you will not only add to your blues dance vocabulary with a variety of new catches and turns, but also practice turning skills, adding dynamics and lead follow skills.
Classes include: Essential Skills for Catches; Top Tips for Turning on a Line; Catches from Closed; Catches from Close Embrace; Catch and Rewind; Catch and Rotate; Catches with Extra Turns; Continuous Catches; Dynamic Catches; and Catching in Different Places.
‘Jookin’ or ‘Jook Joint’ blues refers to the group of blues idiom dances that originated in Jook Joints in the Mississippi Delta. Jook Joints were small buildings where African American workers would go to drink, gamble, play music… and dance! Due to the limited space in such joints dancing was often in place with a focus on solo body movement as opposed to travelling steps. In these classes you will discover a range of ‘Jook Joint’ style moves. You will learn all the moves solo and then how to partner them up in a variety of ways.
Classes include: Rocks; The Hip Push; Four Corners; Funk Butt; The Fishtail; Travelling Fishtails; Single Time Fishtails; The Get Down; Low Downs; The Shunt; Stomps; The James Brown; and The Grind.
Four Corners Special
Blues idiom dances were originally separate dances, where people would dance variations of a single move for a whole song. With this idea in mind we have created the ‘Four Corners Special’, a whole course exploring different ways to dance one single moves!
Classes include: Four Corners Solo; Four Corners Partnered; Four Corners in Opposition; Four Corners Turning; Four Corners Travelling in Side by Side; Back to Front Four Corners; and Four Corners with Momentum (challenging!).
Ballroom Blues, or Ballroomin’, refers to the sort of blues dance that developed in ballrooms and dance halls, danced predominantly to more melodic styles of blues played by the Big Bands of the Swing Era. Thanks to the spacious floors in such venues this style of blues tends to travel more, with more elegant lines and continuous momentum. In this course you will learn a selection of our favourite Ballroomin’ variations and work on momentum, stretch, control and dynamicsCOMING SOON
Dips and Tricks: Advanced
This course is designed for advanced dancers. We also have an intermediate Dips and Tricks course which we recommend doing before taking these classes. Please note that some of these moves are not suitable for a crowded dance floor and should be reserved for performances and competitions only. Please always ask permission before leading dips on your partner.COMING SOON
Find all your solo blues courses here!
The solo blues courses provide a huge range of skills including isolations, what to do with your arms, and – of course – some kick-ass solo blues moves!! These courses are great if you are training alone or with a partner, and the skills learnt in these classes can be applied to both your solo and partner dancing.
Tilt, swing, roll, rock and grind your hips! This course will take your through all the classic hip moves you need to know, plus some more complex ones that are down right cool! This course is designed for anyone who wants to build their solo blues vocabulary, develop the range of motion in their hips and improve their quality movement.
Classes include: Hip Tilts; Hip Swings; Messaround; Rocks; The Hip Push; Up & Down Walks; Swinging Low Downs; the Funky Butt; The Fishtail; Four Corners; The Mooche; The Grind; Knee Rocks; Hip Rolls; The Josephine Baker; and Snake Hips.
Arms. The partner dancers’ nemesis. Wave goodbye to your T-Rex arms and embrace my top tips for awesome arms – how to move them, where to put them, and how to make them an asset in your dancing.
Classes include: Getting to Know Your Arms; Arm Placement; Shapes; Spotlighting; Pushing and Pulling; Resistance & Speed; Shoulder Rolls; Shoulder Drops; Shoulder Pops; The Shimmy; Don’t Forget Your Hands; and The Arms Challenge!
The Fishtail Special
Blues idiom dances were originally separate dances, where people would dance variations of a single move for a whole song. With this idea in mind I have created ‘The Fishtail Special’, a whole course exploring different ways to dance one single move!
Classes include: The Fishtail; Travelling Fishtail; Single Time Fishtail; Adding Rhythms to your Fishtails; Fishtails Turning; Fishtails with Hip Bump; Playing with the Size and Texture of your Fishtails.
The foot and ankle contain 26 bones (one quarter of the bones in the human body!); 33 joints; and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. This course is dedicated to these wonderful body parts that are so fundamental not only in our dancing, but in holding us up and getting us around in day to day life. Let’s explore the full potential of our feet and create some fancy footwork
This series of classes is entirely focused on the music
The aim of these courses is to help you train your ear to hear the music in more detail, and in turn become more musical dancers. Throughout these courses we will identify and explain different rhythms commonly heard in blues music, and give you some ideas of how to dance to those rhythms. We will also give you tips on how to dance to really slow blues, fast blues and, one we particularly love, Latin blues.
This course will introduce you to a number of rhythms or timings commonly found in blues music. For each rhythm or timing you will have a verbal explanation, one footwork variation (solo), and then discover how to partner up this variation. Once you feel comfortable dancing the different rhythms you will work on mixing them up and improvising with them, enabling you and your partner to dance to different rhythms at the same time whilst still maintaining connection, and having a wonderfully interesting rhythmic dialogue. Each rhythm introduced in this course will have its own full course (coming soon!) going into more detail about the rhythm and giving you many more ideas of how to respond to this rhythm in your dancing.
Classes include: Single Time; Half Time; Quarter Time; Subdividing Beats – Triplets; Blues Shuffle; Transitioning Between Triplets and Shuffles; Slow Quick Quick Shuffle; Triple Rhythm; Improvising with Rhythms.
Many blues songs, including any ‘slow blues’ or ‘shuffle blues’, are based on swinging eigth-note triplets. In this course you will learn how to identify and count this triplet rhythm, and learn a wide range of ways to connect to this rhythm in your dancing. You will get this rhythm in different body parts, developing both your solo and partner dancing skills, and working on becoming a more musical dancer.
Members get access to every course
Becoming a member gives you unlimited access to all classes currently online, plus all classes we add in the future. With over 200 classes currently available and more to come there’s plenty to keep you busy!
What People Are Saying
“Vicci and Adamo are the talented and charismatic dance couple that all of Europe has fallen in love with. They not only dance and teach beautifully, but they inspire a dance community that is inclusive, positive, and fun.”
International Dance Instructor and Founder of EBI (European Blues Invasion)
“Everybody said that the way you build the students up, motivated them and structured the classes got the best out of them and made them truly go from zero to hero, something that I didn’t think possible before.”
Tiny Blues in Dresden, Germany
“Vicci and Adamo were excited to demonstrate and explain their unique approach towards blues dancing. With their special chemistry and connection on the dance floor, a sense of humor, simplicity and creativeness they encouraged each and every one of us to find our way of “blues expression”.”
Dance teacher and event organiser from Tel Aviv, Israel
Frequently Asked Questions
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We have a special ‘Beginner Survival Kit’ series which has been designed specifically for beginners. Once you have completed all the classes in this series you will be ready to try any of the other series. All other courses are suitable for intermediate level dancers and above. All courses begin with more basic techniques and moves and progress in difficulty throughout the course.
Absolutely! Although advanced dancers may be familiar with some of the moves and techniques that are taught in the classes, there is always more to learn! Advanced dancers can enrich their vocabulary, get new ideas for combining moves, refine their fundamental techniques, pick up new tips and techniques, improve their solo and partnership skills, and develop their style. Dancers who are teaching or interested in teaching can discover new ways of breaking down and explaining moves, practice exercises that can be used in classes, and collect lots of new ideas for class content.
If you are new to blues dancing then we recommend starting with the ‘Beginner Survival Kit’. This series is specially designed for beginners and will give you all the information you need to get out there and enjoy yourself on the dance floor.
For all other levels – improver, intermediate, advanced, masters (whatever label you like to use!) – we highly recommend starting with our Essential Skills series. This series includes skills and ideas that we believe are essential in becoming good, no… great blues dancers. The techniques and ideas explained in this series will underpin the majority of all our other classes. However, you are of course free to pick choose whichever courses interest you the most!
If you select the ‘Rolling Membership’ then you can cancel your membership at any time. Your user account will remain active but limited to a basic level. We will occasionally reach out to you with updates, offers, special tips and other news. If you want to completely shut down your account just send us an email and we’ll remove you from all mailing lists and permanently erase your account.
If you select the 6 month membership option then you can cancel your membership after the 6 month period has finished. When your 6 month membership is coming to an end we will contact you to find out if you would like to cancel the membership or renew your membership for another 6 months.
If you select the 12 month membership option then you can cancel your membership after the 12 month period has finished. When your 12 month membership is coming to an end we will contact you to find out if you would like to cancel the membership or renew your membership for another 12 months.
Not a problem! We have a whole series of solo blues courses, plus many of partnered classes contain tips and techniques that can be practised solo. So if you don’t have a partner don’t let it stop you!
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