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.

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Building Your Basics

€25 8 videos 40 minutes

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.

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Building Vocabulary: Basic Turns

€30 9 videos 60 minutes

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.

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Building Vocabulary: Side By Side

€25 8 videos 43 minutes

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.

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Beginner Jookin’

€35 10 videos 65 minutes

‘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 people 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 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.

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Beginner Ballroomin’

€35 11 videos 72 minutes

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.

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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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