What is Blues Dance World?

Blues Dance World is an organization dedicated to bringing information about Blues Dancing to dancers all over the globe. We have a community blog with several writers on staff, a map and resource area for dancers to locate Blues in their local community, and a podcast.

1 To document current thinking on the dynamics and nature of the blues dancing community in the U.S.,
2 To provide a platform to discuss some of the pressing issues within the blues dancing community, and
3 To foster a connection throughout the international Blues dance scene by sharing information among sources of authority on the subject of Blues dancing, as well as putting a face to the names of prevalent figures in the community.

Behind the Scenes

Admin: Andy Lee

Lead Editor: Alena Markins

Web Consultant: Matt Hardesty

Logo Design: Jamie Leake

Podcast Hosts

Lead Host: Hafsa

Co-Host: Alena Markins

Co-Host: Carl Flores

Producer: Andy Lee

Claire Davis

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In August 2010, Claire found herself on the Big Island of Hawaii where she ran into high school–acquaintance Mark Carpenter, just starting a great traveling adventure teaching and DJing blues and swing. Mark invited her to tag along. She accepted and found herself, with urchin-stung swollen feet in oversized men’s flip-flops, learning the blues with maybe ten very friendly middle-aged Lindy hoppers. She did some independent travel after Hawaii and met back up with Mark in December in Albuquerque, a place she still considers her first dance home. All-in-all, she’d danced a handful of times before she found herself volunteering at the Boston Fusion Exchange and answering all the “How long have you been dancing?”s with “X number of days” or “Oh, I’m not a dancer.” Today, Claire has attended 21 exchanges/workshop weekends, including 18 focused on blues or fusion dancing and a 7-week stint in Herräng to learn basics of Lindy. Claire currently resides in San Francisco where the dancing is excellent and she strongly believes what a stranger at BFX said to her: “If you’re dancing, then you’re a dancer.” Simple as that.

Katie Parks

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Katie Parks has been dancing some combination of swing, blues, and a variety of Latin dances for 13 years.  She’s danced in at least a dozen states, half a dozen different countries, and, of course, her living room.  One of her other hobbies is fiction writing, which you can read about here: http://stepoutsidetheframe.blogspot.com/

Nicole Trissell

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Nicole has been a dancer her whole life. Ballet, west coast swing, lindy hop and tango are all dances that have driven her need for expression through movement. But when she discovered blues 4 years ago, it was love at first dance. This unique dance style that combined creativity, freedom of movement, and a strong dance connection with her partner inspired her in a way no other dance had before. After a few years, she couldn’t withstand the draw of the dance any longer and started her life as a traveling dance instructor. Since then, Nicole has become a prominent dancer, DJ, instructor, and organizer in the national blues and fusion scenes. Nicole’s love and passion for expression through dance propels her through life. She’s excited to be able to share that passion by writing articles here that delve into all parts of the issues that face the modern blues dance community.

Since then, Nicole has become a prominent dancer, DJ, instructor, and organizer in the national blues and fusion scenes.

Nicole’s love and passion for expression through dance propels her through life. She’s excited to be able to share that passion by writing articles here that delve into all parts of the issues that face the modern blues dance community.

Pavel Tsinberg

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Pavel Tsinberg was born without a brain to mouth filter, and, therefore, prefers to communicate nonverbally through music and dance.  He has been forgetting dance moves since the age of eight, when his parents first enrolled him in ballroom dance, not truly appreciated until puberty (because, wow, girls).  Pavel is easily recognized by his rare talent of speaking any language with a heavy foreign accent, regardless of location.  Musically, he leans heavily towards turquoise, which is unfortunate, since he is blue/green colorblind.

Pavel is currently residing in San Diego, where is he pretends to Lindy Hop and Blues/Fusion.  His current mission is to promote the love of Blues throughout the region, assist in growing the blues scene, teach beginner/intermediate lindy, perform with local dance team, and DJ when opportunity arises.

Rose Connally

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My name is Rose, and I’ve been dancing for 13 years, social dancing for 8, and was a blues DJ in the San Francisco dance scene for 2 years. I teach lindy hop and I have DJed blues at Mile High Blues (2011) and KMLBX (2011). I am starting up a swing dance scene locally here in Gracias, Honduras, and I enjoy travelling the world and dancing as I go. By day, I am a kindergarten teacher, specializing in English as a Foreign Language.

Victor Lane

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Victor Lane was born of fire on a starless night. He learned to rock step before he could walk, he learned to keep time before he could count. Raised in the crucible of partnered dancing Victor began DJing at his house parties in Sacramento. In August of 2012 Victor moved to San Francisco and a choir of angels sang in celebration. He can now be found practicing martial arts on the beach at sunset, catching flies with chopsticks, DJing and organizing at blues and fusion events around San Francisco. More of his writings can be found at www.dancetheori.es.