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Competitions:    2016 June 24th, Mile High Blues: Open Follow 'n' Lead  2016 June 25th, Mile High Blues: All Star Follow 'n' Lead  2016 June 25th, Mile High Blues: Beginner Solo  2016 June 25th, Mile High Blues: Open Solo  2016 June 26th, Mile High Blues: Strictly Blues Competition  2016 June 26th, Mile High Blues: Blues/Fusion Invitational   Performance:    2016 June 23rd, Mile High Blues: Ruth and Mike Performance  2016 June 23rd, Mile High Blues: Joe DeMers and Campbell Miller Performance  2016 June 23rd,...

Yes. Wait, that’s not an answer? Okay then. I can acknowledge that there may be some inappropriate places/times/situations for a blues or fusion dance bomb—maybe in the audience during a Bolshoi ballet, at a Catholic funeral mass, in the aisles of Congress in the middle of the State of the Union address, or during a married couple’s first dance . . . However, there are so, so many places/times/situations in which it is perfectly fine. I’ve danced in coffee shops and at gas stations, in the back room of an upscale restaurant, under statues, on boardwalks, on the top levels of parking lots, in diners, in a government building, in front of monuments, in local parks, in a mall,...

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...

Fusion, as a partner dance concept, is a very new thing. It's so new that we are still debating what the word means. This debate is complicated by the fact that many people do not even realize that there are multiple definitions being used. By my count, there are three distinct camps in the Great Fusion Debate. Fusion-As-Philosophy Andrew Sutton, one of the first people to discuss fusion and an early promoter, instructor and organizer of the Fusion Exchange, defines fusion as "fusing your movement to your partners movement to the music". This is the philosophical definition. It does not define a dance, but a way of dancing. (Or, more specifically, a way of conceptualizing partner dance.) In this definition, fusion is a way of...

Consent is a topic that has popped up everywhere in the last year and blues dance communities all over the country are no exception. Consent is often brought up as a piece of the larger debate centered around how to make our dances safer and more welcoming places, for both new and existing members. From Merriam-Webster: consent - to agree to do or allow something : to give permission for something to happen or be done When we’re talking about consent in the dance community, there are two categories of things that ‘can be done’ that we talk about. Dance things and non dance things. This article will focus on the dance related consent issues. Historical Model The historical...

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,...