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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...

  "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;...

  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. 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....

Photo by Noah Nethero This past weekend I had the privilege of attending Rose City Blues in Portland Oregon. It was a bit of a surprise since up until the Monday before the event I did not think I would be able to make it. My pass of choice was FOR DANCE S ONLY the dance only one. I like staying up late dancing, but being able to sleep in, so I have stopped attending many of the workshops during weekends such as this. I did however get to sit in on several of them and was very impressed with what I saw. The dynamic teaching duos of Amanda Gruhl and Chris Mayer and Ruby Red and Ted Maddry were not only engaging...

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...