Connection and self-improvement. That’s it. These two things are the driving forces behind a person’s transformation from casual dancer into lifer. When blues, or any activity, continually provides people with opportunities to feel connected and feel that they are improving themselves, those people (provided they are not getting more of these things from other sources) will be hooked. Great, but what actual actions do we take, what areas do we build up, to continually reinforce these feelings for ourselves and for others? Community Social dance venues are places where people gather together at least once a week. (Think: church or writing group or community center.) Everyone has people they hope to see whenever they go out dancing, people they have wonderful,...
Heres a great performance from Chris Härm and Louise Tangermann. I love the little jump kick around :56 secs in, its done with such grace and control.
Heres a great Dexter Santos and Joe DeMers doing a solo blues routine which was choreographed Dexter himself. They don't call him "Snake Hips Dexter" for nothing. Song: Hound Dog by Big Mama Thornton
Heres a fantastic video of Ben Collins and Jessica Miltenberger dancing drag blues. Video: Noah Nethero Song: "New Year Blues" by Glenn Crytzer And His Sycopators