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A day after The Doctors 50th Anniversary, and a few days till Thanksgiving, Blues Dance World bring you our second podcast with amazing Nicole Trissell. With her fresh win at Rose City Blues Jack and Jill Competition, she sits down with us to discuss her background in dance, consent culture, and her involvement in the San Francisco Blues/Fusion dance scene. These podcasts will be posted once a month, so keep an eye out for them. Main Host: Hafsa Co-host: Alena Co-host: Carl Producer: Andy Lee Guest: Nicole Trissell  

Photo by Shane Karns There is an age old debate in social dance scenes. When, if ever, is teaching okay on the dance floor? Ask a dozen different dancers and you’ll probably get a dozen different replies. Some people forbid it outright, some people feel like it’s their duty. Most people fall somewhere in between. Here we’ll discuss the merits of both ends, as well as the most common solutions to the issue.   On the Dance Floor In many dance scenes, any kind of teaching on the dance floor is considered rude. Especially if there are lessons before the dance, many blues scenes try to keep a clear line between class time and dance time. In...

Drinking and dancing? Good or bad? This is an blurb about drinking in public, so the usual disclaimers apply:  no driving, moderation, know your limits, don’t mix with medicine, etc.  A wise man once said that life is always better after slightly less than two drinks.  Ok, it was actually the leader of the Inibriatti (from That Mitchell and Webb Look), but the point still applies.  A drink or so can ease nerves and act as social lubricant.  More than two drinks and, boom, apocalypse, again, according to the Inibriatti. The Good (ah, there’s that swaying feeling) Some dancers dive right into the social dance floor with remarkable ease; take to it like fish to vodka, I mean water.  Others, me included,...

So You Want to Grow Your Blues Community (or How to Help your City Catch the Blues) By Pavel Tsinberg, San Diego-ish. I live in a city that is better known for its fish tacos and draconian beach rules than for being a stronghold of blues dancing.  We don’t suffer from a lack of blues bands, just haven’t really developed a thriving blues dance community.  A little while ago, our only consistent blues (dance) venue ended its run and, coincidentally, some of the stronger dancers left town or sashayed into semi-retirement.  My dance world developed a void, and I got involved to spread to word.   Below are some thoughts on aiding and boosting the local blues scene. Form a committee (yep, shades...