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LA Blues dancer for 8+ years. Runs blues lessons venue Study Hall Blues, and a blues dance venue Blues Liberation Front along with Jamie Leake. He also does dance photography, and dj's on the side.

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On November’s episode of Blues Dance World, Katie introduces us to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the godmother of Rock and Roll and someone who’s influence heavily shaped modern music.

The regular Blues Dance World crew takes a bit of a backseat this month as we bring on a panel of special guests, Curtis Ellis, Elizabeth Kilrain, Cierra Ruffin, and Kenneth Shipp, to talk about blackness in the blues dance world, a conversation that our community’s been having with itself for a while now.

Our discussion ranges from personal experiences to things that the community is doing well to ways that our panelists think we could improve. We also talk about some of the events we’ve been to recently and have a special visit from a very spooky individual at the end of the podcast!

Finally, we’ll discuss the Blues events that are coming up:

USA: (Reference Link: http://bluescal.com)
– Snowbound Blues – Rochester NY – Dec 8-10
– Blues with Friends, St. Louis MO Jan 19-22nd 2018
– Tobacco Road, Raleigh/Durham NC, Jan 26-28
– Blues Geek, Nashville, TN, Feb 16-18
– Cruisin’ for a Bluesin’ – but for real, you should get on this boat – March 15th-18th

International: (Reference Link: https://www.annettedances.com/blues-in-europe-calendar/)
– Dec 1-3, Madrid, Petit ESBF
– Dec 8-10, Rennes, Bluesy Christmas
– Dec 9-10, Brussels, Blues with Jenny & Dan
– Dec 9-10, Zürich, Blüesli 2.0 (&Fusion)
– Dec 15-17, Nuremberg, Winter Wonderland
– Dec 29-Jan 2, Paris, The Countdown (Ex)
– Jan 5-8, Pistoia (IT), Crazy Blues
– Jan 26-28, Moscow, Blues House (Ex)

Blues Dance World Podcast focuses on topics of blues dance culture. These podcasts will be posted once a month, so keep an eye out for them. If you like what you’re hearing, please let us and the world know! Rate and review us on our iTunes page!
Blues Dance World iTunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blues-dance-world-podcast/id731807835
Blues Dance World FB: https://www.facebook.com/bluesdanceworld/
Blues Dance World Website: http://bluesdanceworld.com/category/podcast/

Main Host: Clyde Wright
Co-hosts: Katie Alexa and Aaron Brown
Producer: Andy Lee
Special Guests: Curtis Ellis, Elizabeth Kilrain, Cierra Ruffin, Kenneth Shipp
Photos: Ben Hejkal, Melanie Bert, Devon Rowland, Mashable.com

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In our October episode of Blues Dance World, Katie gives us a glimpse into the life of Big Maybelle and her famous song ‘Candy’.

 Big Maybelle I Ain’t Mad at You Live

Then, Katie, Clyde, Aaron, and Andy, along with special (repeat!) guest and sociologist extraordinaire Tim O’Neill, have a freewheeling discussion about the value of touch in our society and the ways that touch impacts dancing. We also give a well-deserved shout out that we missed in last month’s episode (get it Sommerville!), hear about the joys of partying with Icelanders, and learn about Clyde’s out of this world retirement plans.

If you want to read Tim’s Thesis Paper from 2005, “Hugs for Sale: The Commercialization of Human Touch”, which is mentioned in this episode, check it out here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TIjLYFSYpfPIrIuFNbg1L7FHGbGh4W8mO5WP6KsjK0U/edit

Finally, we’ll discuss the Blues events that are coming up:

USA: (Reference Link: http://bluescal.com)
– Bambloozled – DC – Oct 13-15
– Blues Muse 10th Anniversary – Philadelphia – Oct 20th – 22nd — REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
– Cierra Ruffin Workshop Weekend – San Diego – Oct 28-29
– Rose City (instructors look amazeballs) – Portland, OR – Nov 3-5
– Snowbound Blues – Rochester NY – Dec 8-10
– Denvember – Denver, CO – November 18-19
– Blues with Friends, St. Louis MO Jan 19-22nd 2018
– Don’t forget to (apply) for Blues Experiment starting in September and also Crusin’ for a Blusin’ now, quad cabins are nearly (all?) sold out!

International: (Reference Link: https://www.annettedances.com/blues-in-europe-calendar/)

– Oct 20-22, Barcelona, Drag The Blues
– Nov 3-5, Granada, Al-Andalblues
– Nov 3-5, Lisbon Dance Mash Up (&Bal)
– Nov 10-12, Huddersfield (UK), Blues in the Hudd
– Nov 10-12, Castellón, Spain, Hell Dancers Blues
– Nov 11-12, Zürich, Blüesli 2.0
– Nov 17-19, Stuttgart, Lazy Blues
– Nov 24-26, London, Blues Baby Blues

Blues Dance World Podcast focuses on topics of blues dance culture. These podcasts will be posted once a month, so keep an eye out for them. If you like what you’re hearing, please let us and the world know! Rate and review us on our iTunes page!
Blues Dance World iTunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blues-dance-world-podcast/id731807835
Blues Dance World FB: https://www.facebook.com/bluesdanceworld/
Blues Dance World Website: http://bluesdanceworld.com/category/podcast/

Main Host: Clyde Wright
Special Guests: Tim O’Neill
Co-hosts: Katie Alexa and Aaron Brown
Producer: Andy Lee
Photos: Shane Karns

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Hey there folks. This month for our September edition of Blues Dance World, we have not one but TWO special guests: Laney Barhaugh and Ben Hejkal!

First, we’ll start this month’s episode with Clyde, Lanie, and Aaron summarizing their experiences at Southbound Blues, an exchange that happened recently in Nashville. We’ll also briefly discuss other events we’ve been to: Mezzjelly, Sweet Mo.

Then, Clyde will take us through our Monthly Blues Jam! This month our featured artist is Jimmy McCracklin, a San Francisco based “texas shuffle” blues musician. McCracklin’s style is influenced by West Coast blues, Jump Blues and R&B. He’s recorded over 30 albums, written almost a thousand songs, and earned four gold records. We will listen to a song by McCracklin, called “The Walk.”

After that, we will dive into our main topic: How to throw an event! Dance events take a lot of meticulous planning, hard work, and coordination. As anyone who’s been involved in organizing knows, it is a thankless, underappreciated job. We’ll share some organizer pro-tips. We’ll discuss everything from how to put together a team to how to fund your event, from making sure registration goes smoothly to finding a vision for your event and staying relevant and innovative. We’ll end with a few organizer horror stories.

Finally, we’ll discuss the various Blues events that are coming up:

USA: (Reference Link: http://bluescal.com/)
– Backwater Blues – Huntsville – Oct 6th – 8th
– Mean Old Blues – San Francisco – Oct 6th – 8th
– Bambloozled – DC – Oct 13-15 — IS THIS EVEN HAPPENING DONT THINK SO 🙁
– Blues Muse 10th Anniversary – Philadelphia – Oct 20th – 22nd — REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
– Lindy Blues and Bal Exchange, Montreal QB, Oct27-29
– Holy City Blues – Charleston, SC, Nov 2-5
– Rose City Blues – Portland Nov 3-5
– MMM Blues, Montreal Quebec, Nov 17-19
– Snowbound Blues, Rochester NY, Dec 8-10
– Don’t forget to (apply) for Blues Experiment starting in September and also Crusin’ for a Blusin’ now, quad cabins are nearly (all?) sold out!

International: (Reference Link: https://www.annettedances.com/blues-in-europe-calendar/)
– Oct 5-8, Berlin Blues Explosion LINK
– Oct 6-8, Peebles (SCO), Moonshine (&Lindy) LINK
– Oct 9-15, Berlin Blues Immersion Camp LINK
– Oct 13-15, Newcastle, Belta Blues LINK
– Oct 14-15, Zürich, Blüesli 2.0 LINK
– Oct 20-22, Barcelona, Drag The Blues LINK
– Nov 10-12, Blues in the Hudd, Yorkshire GB

Can’t get enough Blues and want to know which events are happening around the world? Check out http://bluescal.com/ and https://www.annettedances.com/blues-in-europe-calendar/

Blues Dance World Podcast focuses on topics of blues dance culture. These podcasts will be posted once a month, so keep an eye out for them. If you like what you’re hearing, please let us and the world know! Rate and review us on our iTunes page!
Blues Dance World iTunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blues-dance-world-podcast/id731807835
Blues Dance World FB: https://www.facebook.com/bluesdanceworld/
Blues Dance World Website: http://bluesdanceworld.com/category/podcast/

Main Host: Clyde Wright
Special Guests: Laney Barhaugh and Ben Hejkal
Co-hosts: Katie Alexa and Aaron Brown
Producer: Andy Lee
Photos: Ben Hejkal, sweetmolassesblues.com, sfgate.com

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On August’s episode of Blues Dance World, Katie calls some people out when she takes a look at Little Walter and his song “Mean Old World”.

Katie, Clyde, Aaron, and Andy, along with special guest and all-around badass Mike Legenthal, have a discussion about the do’s and don’ts of judging blues competitions. We also get a bit of an inside look into the Blues Experiment, learn some exciting news from Clyde, and reveal our secret love for balboa dancing.

Finally, we’ll discuss the Blues events that are coming up:

USA: (Reference Link: http://bluescal.com/)
– Dirt Cheap Blues – Virginia Beach – Sep 7th – 10th
– North Star Blues – Minneapolis – Sep 14th – 17th
– Dance St. Lou Blue – St. Louis – Sep 29th – Oct 2nd
– Backwater Blues – Huntsville – Oct 6th – 8th
– Mean Old Blues – San Francisco – Oct 6th – 8th
– Bambloozled – DC – Oct 13-15
– Blues Muse 10th Anniversary – Philadelphia – Oct 20th – 22nd — REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
– Don’t forget to (apply) for Blues Experiment starting in September and also Crusin’ for a Blusin’ now, quad cabins are nearly (all?) sold out!

International: (Reference Link: https://www.annettedances.com/blues-in-europe-calendar/)
– Sep 8-10, Milan, Blues River Notes Festival
– Sep 8-10, Bern, Be Bluesed
– Sep 15-17, Dortmund, Octoblues
– Sep 22-24, Manchester, Cotton City Blues
– Sep 29-Oct 1, Valencia, Suitcase Blues
– Sep 29-Oct 1, Nuremberg, Swingomania (&Lindy)
– Oct 5-8, Berlin Blues Explosion
– Oct 6-8, Peebles (SCO), Moonshine (&Lindy)
– Oct 9-15, Berlin Blues Immersion Camp
– Oct 13-15, Newcastle, Belta Blues
– Oct 14-15, Zürich, Blüesli 2.0
– Oct 20-22, Barcelona, Drag The Blues

Can’t get enough Blues and want to know which events are happening around the world? Check out http://bluescal.com/ and https://www.annettedances.com/blues-in-europe-calendar/

Blues Dance World Podcast focuses on topics of blues dance culture. These podcasts will be posted once a month, so keep an eye out for them. If you like what you’re hearing, please let us and the world know! Rate and review us on our iTunes page!
Blues Dance World iTunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blues-dance-world-podcast/id731807835
Blues Dance World FB: https://www.facebook.com/bluesdanceworld/
Blues Dance World Website: http://bluesdanceworld.com/category/podcast/

Main Host: Clyde Wright
Special Guest: Mike Legenthal
Co-hosts: Katie Alexa and Aaron Brown
Producer: Andy Lee
Photos: Buksil, Ben Hejkal, and Youtube

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On July’s episode of Blues Dance World, we talk about the life of Blues singer Alberta Hunter and highlight her song, “Downhearted Blues”.

We also take another shot at defining “Modern Blues”, talk about Man Camp in Colorado, and dig deeper into the idea of Follow Voice inside the modern vernacular Blues dance with special guest host Ruth Evelyn.

Finally, we’ll discuss the Blues events that are coming up:

USA: (Reference Link: http://bluescal.com/)
– Southbound Blues Exchange – Nashville – Aug 25th – 27th – Katie will be DJing – also DJ showcase (Katie can explain)
– Dirt Cheap Blues – Virginia Beach – Sep 7th – 10th
– North Star Blues – Minneapolis – Sep 14th – 17th
– Dance St. Lou Blue – St. Louis – Sep 29th – Oct 2nd

International: (Reference Link: https://www.annettedances.com/blues-in-europe-calendar/)
– Jul 29-Aug 5, Auvergne, Studio Hop Blues
– Aug 6-11, Ardèche, Mountain Blues Camp
– Aug 11-14, Kraków, Hummingbird Blues (Ex)
– Aug 18-20, Vilnius, Bluesila
– Aug 25-27, Berlin, Bear Blues Exchange
– Sep 8-10, Milan, Blues River Notes Festival
– Sep 8-10, Bern, Be Blues
– Sep 15-17, Dortmund, Octoblues
– Sep 22-24, Manchester, Cotton City Blues
– Sep 29-Oct 1, Valencia, Suitcase Blues
– Sep 29-Oct 1, Nuremberg, Swingomania (&Lindy)

Can’t get enough Blues and want to know which events are happening around the world? Check out http://bluescal.com/ and https://www.annettedances.com/blues-in-europe-calendar/

Blues Dance World Podcast focuses on topics of blues dance culture. These podcasts will be posted once a month, so keep an eye out for them. If you like what you’re hearing, please let us and the world know! Rate and review us on our iTunes page!
Blues Dance World iTunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blues-dance-world-podcast/id731807835
Blues Dance World FB: https://www.facebook.com/bluesdanceworld/
Blues Dance World Website: http://bluesdanceworld.com/category/podcast/

Main Host: Clyde Wright
Special Guest: Ruth Evelyn
Co-hosts: Katie Alexa and Aaron Brown
Producer: Andy Lee
Photos: Benoît Guérin

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In this episode of Blues Dance World, Katie highlights Piedmont artist Etta Baker during our Monthly Blues Jam. Etta started learning the guitar at a young age and played for over 90 years! She was influenced a number of artists including Taj Mahal and Bob Dylan. We highlight a few of her songs: her 1956 original field recording of Railroad Bill, her version of Railroad bill from her 1991 album, as well as “Carolina Breakdown”.

Our main topic this month is all about Blues Idiom Dance. Join guest host Julie Brown and the rest of the BDW crew as we talk about the history the Blues Idiom Dances, the value they have for our community, the challenges in finding detailed information on these dances, and finding ways to be creative while still staying within the bounds of the dance.

Finally, we’ll discuss the Blues events that are coming up:

USA:

– Portland Blues Experience – Portland – June 30th- Jul 2nd
– MezzJelly Blues – NYC – July 28th-31st
– Sweet Molasses Blues – Boston – Aug 4th-6th
– Southbound Blues Exchange – Nashville – Aug 25th-27th
– Registration is open for Cruisin For a Bluesin’ 10th Anniversary!! March 15 – March 18th 2018

International:
– Jul 6-9, Pistoia, Dancing the Blues in Tuscany LINK
– Jul 7-9, Amsterdam, Twilight Blues & Fusion LINK
– Jul 13-16, Edinburgh, The Spoonful LINK
– Jul 17-21, Lucerne Blues/Swing Immersion LINK
– Jul 29-Aug 5, Auvergne, Studio Hop Blues LINK
– Aug 6-11, Ardèche, Mountain Blues Camp LINK
– Aug 11-14, Kraków, Hummingbird Blues (Ex) LINK
– Aug 18-20, Vilnius, Bluesila LINK
– Aug 25-27, Berlin, Bear Blues Exchange LINK

Can’t get enough Blues and want to know which events are happening around the world? Check out http://bluescal.com/ and https://www.annettedances.com/blues-in-europe-calendar/

Blues Dance World Podcast focuses on topics of blues dance culture. These podcasts will be posted once a month, so keep an eye out for them. If you like what you’re hearing, please let us and the world know! Rate and review us on our iTunes page!
Blues Dance World iTunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blues-dance-world-podcast/id731807835
Blues Dance World FB: https://www.facebook.com/bluesdanceworld/
Blues Dance World Website: http://bluesdanceworld.com/category/podcast/

Main Host: Clyde Wright
Special Guest: Julie Brown
Co-hosts: Katie Alexa and Aaron Brown
Producer: Andy Lee
Photos: Ben Hejkal and http://nicklosseaton.blogspot.com

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On this episode of Blues Dance World, Katie kicks it off for our Monthly Blues Jam with modern artist Joe Bonamassa. Joe started learning the guitar at a young age and even opened for B.B. King when he was 12 years old. He advocates for music education and started the “Keeping the Blues Alive” foundation, funding programs and scholarships to help people reach their potential in the music industry. We highlight his song, “You Shook Me”.

 13 year old Joe Bonamassa on Real life with Jane Pauley

 12 year old Joe Bonamassa with Danny Gatton

We recap some of our favorite moments of this years bluesSHOUT! 2017 also in GIF form.

Our main topic this month is all about Crosstraining: the study of your body in other contexts besides Blues dancing. Join guest host Ross Blythe as he dissects reasons for crosstraining, the most useful techniques to assist in your cross training, and ways to make sure your Blues movement doesn’t get crowded out by all of the new movements you’re teaching your body.

Read more of Ross’s thoughts here: http://rethinkmundane.blogspot.com/2016/12/on-movement-cross-training.html

Finally, we’ll discuss the national events that are coming up:

USA:
– Bluesquake – May 19-21th (andy videography, possibly)
– Red Hot Blues & BBQ – June 2-4th (clyde dj)
– CUBE – June 9-11 – chicago (aaron dj)
– Playboy Jazz Festival – June 10 (katie orged)
– Mile High – June 15-18th (clyde dj)
– Portland Blues Experience – June 30- Jul 2
– MezzJelly Blues – July 28th-31st (Ross is teaching with Laura C. Can we plug?)

International:
– The Glasgow Getdown – Glasgow, Scotland – June 9-11
– Black Swan Blues – Perth, Australia – June 23-25th
– Blues Picnic – Minsk – June 23-25th
– Tiny Blues Weekend with Vicci and Adamo – Dresden, Germany – June 23-25th
– The Blues Spot – Strasbourg, France – July 7-9th
– The Spoonful – Edinburgh, Scotland – July 13-16th
– Summer Blues Camp/Lucerne Blues-Swing Immersion – Lucerne, Switzerland – July 17-21 (with Brenda Russell)

Can’t get enough Blues and want to know which events are happening around the world? Check out http://bluescal.com/
Blues Dance World Podcast focuses on topics of blues dance culture. These podcasts will be posted once a month, so keep an eye out for them. If you like what you’re hearing, please let us and the world know! Rate and review us on our iTunes page!

Blues Dance World iTunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blues-dance-world-podcast/id731807835?mt=2
Blues Dance World FB: https://www.facebook.com/bluesdanceworld/
Blues Dance World Website: http://bluesdanceworld.com/category/podcast/

Main Host: Clyde Wright

Co-hosts: Katie Alexa and Ross Blythe

Producer: Andy Lee

Photo: Ben Hejkal

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This month, Blues Dance World takes a deep dive into four influential songs that we believe really shaped the modern blues dance scene. We’ll be having an extended Monthly Blues Jam this time around, with each of our hosts focusing on an individual song. Join Clyde Wright, Katie Belsky, Aaron Brown, and Andy Lee, along with our special guest Meghan Mehta, as they talk up a storm and cruise their way through some of the hottest songs in blues dancing.

USA:
– BluesSHOUT – April 7-9
– Bluesquake – May 19-21
– CUBE – June 9-11
– Playboy Jazz Festival – June 10
– Red Hot Blues & BBQ – June 2-4th
– Mile High – June 15-18th

International:
– Fallin In Blues – Grenoble, France – May 12-14
– Blossom Blues – Zurich, Switzerland – May 12-14
– Moose Blues – Oslo, Norway – May 19-21

Can’t get enough Blues and want to know which events are happening around the world? Check out http://bluescal.com/
Blues Dance World Podcast focuses on topics of blues dance culture. These podcasts will be posted once a month, so keep an eye out for them. If you like what you’re hearing, please let us and the world know! Rate and review us on our iTunes page!

Blues Dance World iTunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blues-dance-world-podcast/id731807835
Blues Dance World FB: https://www.facebook.com/bluesdanceworld/
Blues Dance World Website: http://bluesdanceworld.com/category/podcast/

Main Host: Clyde Wright

Co-hosts: Katie Alexa and Aaron Brown

Producer: Andy Lee

Special Guest: Meghan Mehta

Photo: Shane Karns

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On this episode of Blues Dance World, we’re going live in Nashville at Mo Better Blues!

Katie celebrates Nashville’s “Queen of the Blues” Marion James for our Monthly Blues Jam. Marion James worked hard to help out fellow musicians and keep Blues alive and kicking. The song this month is “That My Man”.

Our main topic this month is “Romanticism, History, and the Search for Authenticity” where we pose a lot of questions and give some thoughts about how our modern Blues scene fits into a historical context.

Finally, we’ll discuss the national events that are coming up:

USA:
– BluesSHOUT – April 7-9
– Bluesquake – May 19-21
– CUBE – June 9-11
– Mile High – June 15-18th

International:
– Irn Blues – Glasgow, Scotland – Apr 14-16th
– Prague Blues Exchange – Pragu, Czech Republic – Apr 21-23
– Fallin In Blues – Grenoble, France – May 12-14
– Blossom Blues – Zurich, Switzerland – May 12-14
– Moose Blues – Oslo, Norway – May 19-21
– Stockholm Blues – Stockholm, Sweden – May 25-27

Can’t get enough Blues and want to know which events are happening around the world? Check out http://bluescal.com/
Blues Dance World Podcast focuses on topics of blues dance culture. These podcasts will be posted once a month, so keep an eye out for them. If you like what you’re hearing, please let us and the world know! Rate and review us on our iTunes page!

Blues Dance World iTunes page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blues-dance-world-podcast/id731807835
Blues Dance World FB: https://www.facebook.com/bluesdanceworld/
Blues Dance World Website: http://bluesdanceworld.com/category/podcast/

Main Host: Clyde Wright

Co-hosts: Katie Alexa and Aaron Brown

Producer: Andy Lee

Photo: Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society