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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...

Hey guys sorry it took so long to get this last podcast out, but its a good one.  Our 4th podcast is with the amazing talented Joe DeMers. Heres Joe and Nelle's First Blues Routine: Heres the Hot Potato performance that Joe and Nelle performance from 2009's BluesSHOUT!: And here's Joe and Julie doing an amazing blues routine at Lindy Focus XII: The pTed article we extensively talked about on the podcast: http://www.joeandnelle.com/assets/frame_matching_and_pted_by_joe_demers.pdf Blues Dance World Podcast will be specifically focused on topics of blues and fusion dance culture. These podcasts will be posted once a month, so keep an...

Ouch! That swollen shin, scraped foot, sore shoulder... these are not things that we should be experiencing after a blues dance, right? Dancing is and should be an enjoyable physical experience for all, allowing us to leave the dance floor feeling happy not only from social interaction, but also from physical movement. That being said, it can be difficult to avoid injury at times on the social dance floor. I have heard many people complain that a lead “yanks” their arm, that another couple on the dance floor was not watching where they were going, which resulted in feet being stepped on, and plenty of other stories of dangerous encounters on the dance floor. What to do? Should we just try...

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  

“How long have you been dancing?” I’ve been asked that question hundreds of times while dancing with a new lead. It’s always stymied me why that would matter. A much better question to ask a newly met lead/follow would be, “When was the last time you took a class? What did you learn?” Years of dancing frequently equate to better dancing, but that is not always the case. Once the first rush of passion for this new hobby (or new style of dance) passes, many people stop attending classes, stop improving, and reach a plateau of dance quality. Often, it’s scary and difficult to learn new things, and without the excitement and interest generated by the freshness of a new...