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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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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

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On this episode of Blues Dance World, Katie kicks us off covering Esther Phillips for our Monthly Blues Jam. Esther battled with addiction for years, but recorded tons of music throughout her career. The song this month is “Please Send Me Someone to Love” from the album “Burnin’ (Live at Freddie Jett’s Pied Piper Club, L.A.)”

As the spring season of events gets underway our main topic prepares dancers how to “do” a weekend! We cover everything including helpful mobile apps, what to pack, how to make events more cost effective, as well as auditions and potential FOMO.

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

Mo Better Blues – Feb 17th-19th – We’ll be doing a live podcast, so come check us out in the BluesGeek track!
Austin Blues Party – Mar 3rd – 6th
Cruisin’ For A Bluesin’ – Mar 9th – 12th
Steel City Blues – Mar 17th – 19th

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

Photos: Ben Hejkal

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In this month’s Blues Jam segment, Katie will be covering the origins of Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago.”

After that, Clyde talks about his experience at Snowbound Blues, but kinda forgets who placed for finals in doing so 😛

In our main topic we talk to Sara Cherny, the head director of BluesSHOUT!, and discuss how BluesSHOUT! will be going into their 10 year anniversary for 2017.

We dive into topics of: the origins of the name of the event, how it got from Cheap Thrills to now the biggest blues competition event of the year, and some tips for people who want do event organizing.

Here’s a picture of Clyde getting questions for Sara at Snowbound Blues.

This is the expression on Sara’s face when we played Heidi Fite’s congratulations message.

Heres my top 10 gifable moments of BlueSHOUT! 2016

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

Mo’ Better Blues

Blues With Friends

LA Blues

BluesSHOUT!

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 leave a rating and comments on our itunes page.

Main Host: Clyde Wright

Co-hosts: Katie Alexa and Aaron Brown

Producer: Andy Lee

Guest: Sara Cherny

Photos: Ben Hejkal

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“We wanted to give you a WARNING ahead of this podcast that it is less about dance and bit more about our reactions to the world we’re living in post elections. There’s some harsh language that comes up a little later in the podcast, and a lot of discussions about the racial and sexual aggressions we’ve been and are dealing with after the elections. So if it doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, definitely feel free to skip this one; we’ll be getting back to more dance focus topics in our next podcast.”

In this month’s Blues Jam segment, Katie will be covering Sam Cooke. She picked his anthem song “A Change is Gonna Come.”

Reference Site:
A man shouts racial slurs in a Seattle Starbucks: full audio clip

In our main topic, we’ll be discussing what Safe Spaces mean Pre and Post Elections Era and echo chambers within what we post on facebook.

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

The Blues Experiment 2017

Cruisin for a Bluesin: March 9-12

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 leave a rating and comments on our itunes page.

Main Host: Clyde Wright

Co-hosts: Katie Alexa and Aaron Brown

Producer: Andy Lee

Photos: Ben Hejkal, GapersBlock.com

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We have Damon Stone joining us as a guest for November’s BDW Podcast.

During our monthly Blues Jam segment, we’ll be covering Screamin Jay Hawkins, and we’ll get to hear his famous blues song, “I put a Spell on You.”

Reference Site:
Screamin Jay Hawkins rising out of a coffin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5MR_e7HRIM
Live performance of “I Put a Spell on You”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kGPhpvqtOc
Constipation Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic3g8Xnf7LI

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Then Clyde will briefly discuss his experience at Blues Muse, before Andy and Damon dive into discussing Korea Blues Camp.

In our main topic, we talk about looking at competitions as a game. We’ll go over the strategies and tactics of each competition type through the lens of gaming.

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

Rose City Blues: Nov 4-6

Snowbound Blues: Dec 2-4

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 leave a rating and comments on our itunes page.

Main Host: Clyde Wright

Co-hosts: Katie Alexa and Aaron Brown

Guest: Damon Stone

Producer: Andy Lee

Photos: Youtube, personal pics

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Willie Dixon is the subject of our Monthly Blues Jam for October. Katie goes over Willie’s involvement with several other blues artists, and then we get to listen to one of his more interesting songs, “Nervous.”

Reference Site: List of songs written by Willie Dixon

Then we briefly discuss Aaron’s recent move to Chicago before Katie, Aaron, and Clyde tell us about their experience at North Star Blues.

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In our main topic, we discuss the many ways you can improve your dancing, from walk-in classes, private lessons, and peer-led groups, to self-improvement tips like listening to music, stretching, and video recording.

Finally, we discuss all the national events that are coming up in October:

Mean Old Blues: Oct 7-9

Korea Blues Camp: Oct 14-16

Blues Muse: Oct 21-23

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 leave a rating and comments on our itunes page.

Main Host: Clyde

Co-hosts: Katie and Aaron

Producer: Andy Lee

Photos: Ben Hejkal, http://ccriderblues.com/,

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This month we’re talking about DJing for our blues community. To help guide us through our trek with her impressive blues music knowledge is Anna Washenko. She is one of the main competition DJs for BluesShout! and the headline DJ for many other national events.

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For our Monthly Blues Jam, Katie’s doing something special. She will be tracking down the lineage of one of the most well known and covered blues songs, “St. James Infirmary.”

Reference Site: Smithsonian Folkways

Song #1: A.L. Lloyd & Alf Edwards – The Unfortunate Rake

Song #2: Alan Lomax – St. James Hospital

Song #3: Dave Van Ronk – Gambler’s Blues

Song #4: Louis Armstrong – St James Infirmary

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After that, Katies tells us about her experience at Sweet Molasses, which involved Airbnb cats, American Idol style prelims, and awesome performances. Here are some of those performances if you’d like to check them out: http://bluesdanceworld.com/2016/07/29/sweet-molasses-2016-29th-videos/

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We then dive into our main topic of what’s involved in Blues DJing, where we try to answer a number of the questions that you guys posted on facebook. (Thank you for posting, btw! We love getting questions.)

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Finally, we discuss all the national events that are coming up in September:

Blues Yourself: Sept 9-11

North Star Blues: Sept 16-18

Lone Star Strut: Sept 30-Oct 2

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 leave a rating and comments on our itunes page.

Special Guest: Anna Washenko

Main Host: Clyde

Co-hosts: Katie and Aaron

Producer: Andy Lee

Photos: Devon Rowland, Ben Hejkal, http://www.metrolyrics.com/

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This month we have a special guest joining our podcast, national blues instructor Tim O’Neill.

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Katie will present Big Mama Thornton in our Monthly Blues Jam and we’ll play for you a sample of her song called “Since I fell for you.”

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Later, we’ll answer a question from one of our listeners about the difference between Slow Dance and Blues Dance. After that Clyde will discuss his experience at Mile High Blues, and then we’ll dive into our main topic: why do we love this dance called blues. We’ll also discuss the favorite dance each of us has had during our dance careers.

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 leave a rating and comments on our itunes page.

Special Guest: Tim O’Neill

Main Host: Clyde

Co-hosts: Katie

Producer: Andy Lee

Photos: innocentwords.com and Cruisin for a Blusin